Current TV, which launched with a user-generated social strategy that was way ahead of its time, has been sold to Al Jazeera. The network, co-founded by former Vice President Al Gore and his business partner Joel Hyatt, has for the last year and a half been a liberal commentary network, but before that had some very innovative approaches to programming.
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While nearly all voters (92%) followed election returns on TV, just over one-quarter (27%) of them followed the results simultaneously on TV and the web on election night, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. For those under the age of 40, the number of “dual screeners” jumped to 39%. If you ask us, that’s a surprisingly high number; most second-screen studies just measure proximity — if people are on their devices while the TV is on — but these numbers illustrate true simultaneous engagement.
Instagram announced Monday that it’s rolling out web profile pages for the first time which look — perhaps not surprisingly — very similar to Facebook, Instagram’s parent company. “You’ve asked for Instagram on the web and we’ve listened,” explains a blog post announcing the new feature. The roll out will take several days, but a few media companies are among the early launches, like powerhouse MTV (which is nearing one million followers):
CNN has launched a “news discovery dashboard” called CNN Trends. The dashboard–which is based on technology from Zite, the social iPad magazine CNN acquired last year–aggregates stories from across the web that are hot topics on social media. The dashboard then pairs the topic with a story on CNN.com, with links to up to 10 outside sources per topic. Read more
CNN’s breaking news Twitter feed, @CNNbrk, has hit nine million followers. The company put together a Storify to celebrate the milestone.
Take a look:
With the next debate right around the corner, Twitter sent us an email today with some interesting stats around the moderators of the last two debates. “We put both Jim Lehrer and Martha Raddatz through the same algorithm we use for the candidates’ Twitter Political Index, where they are related to a 0-100 scale of all other topics on Twitter,” explains Twitter’s Rachael Horwitz. “Scores above 50 are among the more positively-tweeted topics, while below 50 are among the more negative.”
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