The New York Times takes a look at the load time and size of large news Web sites on phones and finds boston.com weighs in as the heaviest, most ad-laden of the sites - so much so that visiting its homepage just once a day for a month would cost a person with a typical 4G data plan $9.50 a month just to download all the ads.
Lots of layoffs today. Before the layoffs, all boston.com departments had their budgets cut 15% this past spring.
Tim Molloy, who has 20 years of experience as an editor and reporter at the Associated Press and TVGuide.com, was announced today as editor of the site that is no longer the digital wing of the Globe. Molloy was previously digital engagement editor at PBS's Frontline. Also named today: Kaitlyn Johnson, executive digital editor of Boston Magazine, as deputy editor.
Victor Paul Alvarez, the boston.com associate editor who got fired for asking if anybody would notice if John Boehner had been poisoned says three other editors at the site looked at his story and either approved or didn't say no and now he has to explain to his little daughter that, no, it's not fair that that cost him his job while Brian Williams is free to take a few days off for lying about being shot down in Iraq and watching a body float by in New Orleans.
John Henry's media company has shown boston.com associate editor Victor Paul Alvarez the door after honchos woke up yesterday to that story that boldly asked if anybody would notice if John Boehner actually had been poisoned, a source says.
In a tweet this morning, Alvarez let a picture tell a thousand words: He posted a photo of the underside of a bus.
The question is: Would anyone have noticed? Stories about Boehnerâ€™s drinking have circulated for years. His drinking inspired a blog called DrunkBoehner, and in 2010 he brought booze back to Washington. Had he been poisoned as planned, perhaps his pickled liver could have filtered out the toxins.
You know things are bad when even New York news sites take notice of your affairs: We read today on Capital, a site that normally covers exciting developments in the Cuomo/de Blasio administrations, that two boston.com employees were summarily cashiered and shame-walked out of the newsroom after a Dec.
BostInno reports John Henry's media company has named Eleanor Cleverly as interim editor of boston.com. She'd been hired in September to oversee content for the company's "Digital Marketplaces division." She kinda replaces Hilary Sergeant, who'd been more or less acting as editor and who is being shuffled over to a new job as "senior editor."
Not just any T-shirt, of course, but that one making fun of the professor with the issue with his Chinese-food bill. Or so we hear from a little bird flitting about Morrissey Boulevard after a boston.com staff meeting this afternoon to explain why Deputy Editor Hilary Sargeant was not around.
BostInno, meanwhile, reports Boston Globe Editor Brian McGrory is now pushing for marketing money to inform the world that the Globe has nothing to do anymore with boston.com and to please stop blaming Boston's paper of record for John Henry's other media outlet.
Earlier tonight, Boston.com published a piece suggesting Harvard Business School Professor Ben Edelman sent an email with racist overtones to Sichuan Garden. We cannot verify that Edelman, in fact, sent the email. We have taken the story down.
Saul B. was among those who noticed a hacked boston.com home page this morning. The Guardian reports the Syrian hackers didn't actually break into boston.com's servers but instead attacked the domain registrar used by a "content distribution network" affected sites use to speed delivery of such things as images and ads.
Garrett Quinn gets the scoop on Matt Gross's resignation, not even two months after he moved up here from New York to take the job running the not-the-Globe site.
WEEI's Kirk Minihane says they're all out to get him because of their agendas, not just because he said something really stupid about Erin Andrews. Minihane explains what he says is the Globe's agenda (they have four writers who get paid to appear on 'EEI's archenemy station); doesn't really lay out the Herald's or Olbermann's agendas, except to say they have them. Oh, yeah, and Deadspin is run by a bunch of hypocritical clickwhores.
Somehow, we missed the editor's note on boston.com's scoop last week about the guy sneaking into the homes of BC students and tickling them while they sleep:
On Wednesday, May 28, the Boston Police Department stated that they have identified only one incident in the last two years where a foot was touched and that they know of no police reports that refer to any actions that can be described as tickling.
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 - only they get to go farther afield than wacky Boston (like writing up a listicle of nine crazy Malaysian jetliner theories).
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