Earlier this week Huffington Post featured a piece on videogame arcades from The Verge, snipping its opening passage (more than 200 words, a clip it later reduced) and sending traffic to that site through its own. The move prompted a complaint from The Verge that the procedure sapped some of the search engine recognition from its story and sent it to Huffington Post. Andrew Beaujon writes for The Poynter Institute that this dispute has important implications for publishers in an era of linked journalism and traffic-based metrics of success.
There have been two significant developments involving successful social media platforms that are aiming to broaden their appeal. Twitter has introduced a six-second video application, Vine, that Reuters suggests is an indication that video is a large part of Twitter's future. And Tumblr has unfurled changes that TechCrunch asserts render it more like a fully-featured Twitter than a blogging platform. Each development also has implications for journalism.