Local Onliner: The Year’s Top 10 Posts

The annual list of my “best read” posts doesn’t necessarily correlate with what’s trending. Readership can be driven by a number of things. That said…it is great to see what’s resonating. Top 10 Posts 1. Can Next Door Monetize Its 10 Million Users? 2. Acxiom Marketing Solutions Group Sold to IPG 3. Web.com Sold to Siris Capital 4. RBC’s … Read more

Details on Yahoo Deal with Newspapers

The newspaper recruitment deal with Yahoo first disclosed here in an Oct. 24 post has finally been confirmed, with some interesting twists. The deal puts in place a recruitment network of seven companies with 176 newspapers in 13 of the Top 15 markets. Additional activities that go beyond the scope of recruitment are to be “filled in … Read more

Buffalo Rising Finessing Online/Offline Model

Building the perfect template for hyper-local media has been the endgame for a number of companies – BackFence, American Town Networks, Pegasus News, and Citysquares, to name a few. HyperLocal Media has been working at it as well, focusing on the synergies of a print/offline model to effectively sell advertising to the community. Since I profiled the company last June, it has … Read more

Outside.in Scores $7 Million; Alliance Formed with CNN

Outside.in, the blogger and hyperlocal news site aggregator, has scored $7 million in a new round of financing that includes CNN – a relationship that will include a content tie and that echoes MSNBC.com’s outright acquisition last summer of Everyblock. The company has now raised in excess of $12 million, according to calculations by Paid Content. Outside .in will use the … Read more

Facebook Ends Regional Classifications

Facebook has ended the classification of its members into regional networks (i.e. “Peter Krasilovsky, San Diego”). It cited the practice as being invasive to people’s privacy and obsolete besides, given its behind-the-scene geo-targeting and demo-targeting capabilities. In an open letter to Facebook’s “350 million+ members,” Founder Mark Zuckerberg noted that it is time to move beyond the “network” … Read more

‘Final’ ILM:09 Speakers Added (Twitter, AT&Ti, Euro Directories +++)

The ILM:09 conference Dec. 9-11 in LA is now just around the corner. We’ve handpicked 60 cutting-edge speakers, and we think we are onto something that is really important. I can tell you that signups have been great, too. Recent adds to the speaker roster include Twitter’s Anamitra Banerji and AT&T Interactive’s Greg Issacs, who will be joining Facebook’s Tim Kendall … Read more

MSN’s Cyrus Krohn: The New Local Focus

Microsoft ‘s MSN has been a good hodgepodge that gets 100 million users a month. But it hasn’t had a serious redo for ten years. So the question posed to a new team brought in to redo the site was: how do you make the site standout and really help users? Site leader Scott Moore and Cyrus … Read more

MSN’s Cyrus Krohn: The New Local Focus

Microsoft ‘s MSN has been a good hodgepodge that gets 100 million users a month. But it hasn’t had a serious redo for ten years. So the question posed to a new team brought in to redo the site was: how do you make the site standout and really help users? Site leader Scott Moore and Cyrus … Read more