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foldier sPress: Where we are and where we are going

January 15, 2010 Leave a comment

foldier sPress beta 2.29

We released a new version of our online application called foldier sPress 2.29 just few days ago. I believe the time has arrived to explain more about our vision and what this new release represents in the path we are following.

Let’s start with what you can do with foldier sPress today. The new big feature of this release is the sPress Site and the Page Editor used to design its content. With this feature you can easily build a News site dedicated to any topic of your choice.

Because foldier constantly refresh the content from your connected Media Sources you always have fresh content classified and ready for you to review.
You act as the “Editor in chief” of your News Site. You decide what and when to publish. You can comment and explain why you publish some articles and not others. You can write your own content and publish it side by side with any other article coming from major journalist or blogger.

This is News Publishing for the masses.

This is what we have today.

But our journey is far from over. In fact this is just the beginning.

Soon we will offer “premium” features that will allow our site owners to personalize their publications and make them as independent web site as any news site out there on the Internet.
Site owners will be able to add their own advertising and collect revenue from it. Will be able to host their site under their domain name. And will be able to directly customize any detail of the look and feel of their site with more templates and all the way to the CSS style sheets.

foldier sPress will be a one stop solution for creating rich media sites that are easy to build, and more importantly, easy to maintain with fresh and up-to date content.

foldier sPress provides also other ways of broadcasting: available today we have RSS feeds, Twitter and Facebook, tomorrow we will extend our capabilities to other social networks (linkedin, myspace etc). We will allow you to reach your audience where ever they are.

And this is all in our short term future.

In the longer term we see foldier in the middle of the News [R]evolution. We see a future where a multitude of content producers like journalists, bloggers, photographers and videographers make their material available to a vast community of news publishers. We are not talking about the traditional publishers of today (playing on traditional paper or the Internet), we are talking about people like me and you. People with a passion and people with small and large communities of followers.

In this new ecosystem News content to the large audience is totally free. The authors of the content receive their awards by having a larger number of publishers from which they can collect revenues via subscription or advertising. Premium content is available free to consume from a multitude of small publishers that will reward the content owners with advertising revenue or/and subscription fees.

Michele Ursino


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foldier sPress 2.29 – Video Preview

December 1, 2009 Leave a comment

Here is a preview of the upcoming new Beta

We expect to release these capabilities on December 13 this month.

The foldier Team

10 Good Reasons to sPress

  • Share what you’re reading with your friends
  • Comment on what you’re reading and be critical!
  • Learn more about the subject with foldier’s suggested reading
  • Finally use Google Docs as editor for your posts!
  • Neither Oprah nor your mom has heard of it
  • It helps making your feed on Twitter more interesting – it gets you followers!
  • It can drive traffic to your blog
  • You really have to read whatever you spress so it forces you to stay informed
  • It’s fun!
  • … And you look cooler when you’re doing it

Introducing The sPressionist

The sPressionist

The sPressionist

The sPressionist is the first online aggregated newspaper dedicated to following printed news media and exclusively powered by foldier.

Our focus is how the print media, media in general, and journalism are shifting from the printed form to the digital age. ThesPressionist.com went online just a couple weeks ago.

We created this site because we wanted to showcase the power of foldier’s sPressions to create a fully foldier-generated site. Choosing a topic for the site was easy. Dramatic changes in delivery and consumptions of news are currently happening due to Internet and new applications like foldier.

Watch this video segment where technology journalists, Jeff Jarvis and Michael Arrington discuss the future of news reporting.

There is a whole new class of people that don’t necessarily blog but all they do is read everything, constantly, on Google Reader or whatever and they disseminate that on twitter or whatever… and those people are an increasingly important part of the ecosystem

Well, foldier is a great tool for those people that read everything. And foldier is the tool that is making those people (the disseminators) increasingly important.

With foldier you can aggregate and discover new content on the Web, then you select and publish (sPressing) what is interesting. And then, when you sPress a link, an article or a video that action can be broadcasted to Twitter, FriendFeed and Facebook. So you become a “news disseminator“!

foldier is more powerful and way more useful of a simple RSS reader because (1) it filters incoming articles and separate them using keyword matching; (2) it aggregates more than just RSS feeds, in fact it allows to add simple links (pretty much like a bookmarking tool), or to connect services like Flickr, Delicious, Facebook and Google Docs; (3) it offers the capability of publishing (syndicate) worthy items hence giving its user the power of expressing their opinions on what is available over the Web.

The sPressionist is an example of what you can do if you have interest and you want to follow a particular topic or an entire subject area. All content published on the sPressionist is driven by foldier.  Every heading is a different sPression with aggregated data from multiple websites varying from blogs to century old newspaper institutions.  We created a widget for each sPression, gave it the “News” look and feel and set them up in a simple three column page.

And of course, you can follow The sPressionist on Twitter.

The whole process is not complicated and can be easily replicated by anyone with a little HTML know-how!

Started as an example the sPressionist is already capturing a lot of interest. Few sites on the web have such up to date information and collect articles from such a wide array of sources. We look at how the traditional media is shifting and its future. We believe foldier is part of that future. So we hope that you enjoy the capabilities of sPressions, but also hope you enjoy the content!

The foldier team

How “Green” is Obama really?

April 15, 2009 1 comment

With the constant drama in the current political landscape, it is easy to overlook the greater political spectrum. When properly instructed, foldier helps by constantly finding new information about a particular subject. This is the case for Jennifer De Marco. She is tracking the environmental policies and the progression of these policies during the Obama administration. You can be more informed about these issues and you don’t have to read a plethora of sites and to find the right article – “How Green is Obama?

How Green is Obama ?

How Green is Obama ?

Just recently Jen found an article from the New York Times (“Obama. Who Vowed Rapid Action on Climate Change. Turns More Cautious“) looking into the Obama’s recent statements about the environment. The article highlights whether Obama is being coy about his intentions for environmental policy change or whether he does not have the political clout or will to proceed for environmental change. Jen asks, “is the Times is stirring things up or are they really onto something?

Jennifer collection does not merely focus on the American landscape of the environment, but looks at the global perspective of environmental changes. She points out an article from treehugger.com “How Overfishing Almost Got Capt. Phillips Killed by Pirates” creating a link between overfishing in Somalia and the captivity of Capt. Philips. We would have never thought about that connection!
So… how “Green” is Obama really? Just follow Jen’s sPression http://www.foldier.com/spress/352459 and you will get punctual updates on the green policies of the new President. We read it every day!

The foldier team

Luca’s Simpsons-Family Guy-Futurama

We would like to spotlight Bottaro’s sPression on the popular cartoons, Family Guy, Futurama, and The Simpsons. Luca’s sPression utilizes our ability to drag and drop videos directly into his sPression. Rather than having to search the web for his favorite videos, we bring it directly to Luca. So Luca can choose his favorite clips and share them all with his friends.

With the introduction of our linking to Hulu.com and Fancast.com, Luca could display entire seasons of his favorite shows on his sPression or just his favorite clips. Bottaro has used his sPression to create his own personal highlight reel of his favorite moments.

Simpsons - Family guy - Futurama sPression

Simpsons - Family guy - Futurama sPression

The foldier team.

foldier sPress featuring Paolo Pontoniere

We introduced foldier sPress just a bit more than a couple of months ago. Now, we are starting to see some interesting use of this new application. So we will start posting here some of the most interesting sPressions.

Let’s start with “L’altra Faccia delle News” (“The other side of the news”) an sPression by Paolo Pontoniere.

L'Altra Faccia delle News

L'Altra Faccia delle News

Paolo Pontoniere is a Journalist. Living in San Francisco: “reporting about everything that moves under the Sun, and very often also about what doesn’t pulse or can’t be seen, like business and economics” .

The sPression reports good articles and links in Italian and English.

Paolo has two blogs: Glocanomica in Italian (c/o IFAF – Finance Training) and Vironomics in English (c/o L’espresso).

To see Paolo’s and other popular sPressions visit foldier sPress .

Michele Ursino