Category Archives: Interactivity

February, 2013 biggest traffic month ever for Los Angeles Times

Here’s the memo I wrote discussing our record traffic month in February: Breaking news, Oscars drive record traffic to What a month. Great journalism and smart strategies for digital coverage continued in February, resulting in the biggest audience to in the history of the site. We also recorded a 125% increase in video […]

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Google Hangouts: Reader engagement through live video chats

We’re doing more and more Google Hangouts at  Love it.  Smart.  A big differentiator. We’re building a place to have smart conversations.  A place where readers can go to not only better understand an issue but to interact with the reporters and the newsmakers. It’s also good because it shows our home page is […]

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Early days of interactivity at the White House (we had fun)

When I was at the White House I had frequent conversations with Dan Froomkin, who ran the very popular White House Briefing column at the Washington Post. We discussed the e-communications policy at the White House and what we were doing on the website.  Remember this was really before the days of social media.  No […]

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Google Hangouts are great

Google undersells Google Hangouts.  They really do.  Here’s how they describe themselves: Hangouts let you video chat with up to 9 people, face-to-face-to-face. You can watch YouTube videos, wear pirate hats, or even doodle together. What do they really let you do?  Connect.  Engage.  Experience. Decade of interactivity I’ve seen it before but this is […]

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Video Interactivity: From ‘Ask Arnold’ Schwarzenegger to Today

I’m always stressing the importance of ‘live.’  Make sure your audience knows you’re there.  It’s important.  No one will communicate with a robot (well, maybe John Malkovich). People have to know you’re there.  Whether it be on your site (live blogging, live video, live chats) or off your site (with tools like Twitter and Facebook), […]

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You gotta interact with people

Home back to Wyoming for a few days and going through a ton of old boxes. Came across an old Washington Post article I was featured in back in December, 2004.  I was leaving the White House after a full-term and Dan Froomkin — who wrote that fantastic White House Briefing column — asked me […]

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