Plutor saved a copy of boston.com's new 404 page. It's OK, we can laugh now, right?
You can see it at mobile.boston.com.
The Globe made it kinda, sorta official today: boston.com is becoming their BuzzFeed/Huffington Post/Upworthy clone - people who want straight news should head immediately to bostonglobe.com.
The move's been in the works for some time now. First came the slide shows and the listicles. The Globe recently hired a couple of reporters to do pretty much the same thing I'm doing here with social-media scouring... Read more
Poynter posts the memo from Globe editor Brian McGrory. Most immediate impact: You'll be able to read up to 10 Globe stories a month before being hit up for a subscription. Also announced: A bunch of staff changes and additions for the Globe's new Catholic and high-tech sites.
Sarah Marshall reports on big changes afoot at the free online version of Globe stuff, most notably a Facebook-like "stream of content" that will attempt to figure out what you're looking at and show you less of the stuff you're not.
Also, a Globie said at some European conference, the site will be revamped to become more "responsive" to differently sized browser windows,... Read more
How else to explain the 15-degree difference in the temperatures on the home pages of boston.com and bostonglobe.com right now?
H/t Chris Walton.
Wicked Local Somerville reports a boston.com concert in Union Square could be off because alderman are objecting to sucking up the costs of police and DPW details - and portable toilets. The mayor, who supports the thing, notes the city picks up the police tab for events such as the annual Fluff festival; aldermen retort, yeah, but those are sponsored by the city, not... Read more
Poynter interviews new Globe editor Brian McGrory, who says the current boston.com/bostonglobe.com dichotomy is too confusing and that he plans to make people pay for all in-depth reporting on bostonglobe.com, while making the free boston.com "more social media, more community bloggers, hopefully edgier content."... Read more
John Carroll reports.
The Globe announced today it's hired former WFNX staffers Henry Santoro, Julie Kramer and Adam 12 and former program director Paul Driscoll to build an alt-music streaming service that will be available both through the Web and mobile apps.
A launch date and program details will be announced later this summer.
Eagle-eyed Ron Newman, who actually scrolls all the way down the boston.com homepage, noticed this link today, perhaps written by somebody with even less of a grasp on actual Boston geography than I have.... Read more
Boston.com announces it's gotten rid of all its pop-under ads.
Dan Kennedy reports the Globe has given up trying to moderate story comments on boston.com and is outsourcing the whole thing to some company in Winnipeg. No profanity allowed and stop making accusations about Carl Crawford; one wonders whether wise-guy Boston trolls will try to sneak any Boston-English variants past the Manitobans.
UPDATE: Heard back from a boston.com editor, who says the photo "slipped through the cracks" and that they'll take care of it.
At least, that's what I'm assuming after seeing one of my photos show up on the front page of the Globe's Back Bay Your Town site without anybody from the Globe asking for permission. I realize there's fair use and I always appreciate... Read more
Did they advertise the new Dorchester site with a photo of the Blue Line?
H/t to the tipster who sent this in.... Read more
Announces two tiers of online access: Stuff produced by Globe reporters at bostonglobe.com, which you'll have to pay to see, and something at the current boston.com that sounds like G online with a bit of breaking daily news that happened too late to get into the paper. Plus more exciting pop-up ads:
BostonGlobe.com, with the goal of creating a "lean-back experience" for readers, will... Read more