Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab profiles Tracer

by Duncan Kinney | Startups

Calgary based startup Tynt and their product Tracer were blogged about by writer Zachary Seward at the Nieman Journalism Lab.

The Nieman Journalism Lab is an extension of Harvard's Nieman Foundation and one of the better places on the internet to discuss the future of journalism and publishing. 

The article focuses on Tracer and how it is creating a new metric that measures reader engagement. Tracer tracks copy and paste activity and automatically adds a link back to your content when it is pasted somewhere else.

Like so

Read more:http://tracer.tynt.com/faq-general-product-info#ixzz0MnaXwHTb
Under Creative Commons License:Attribution No Derivatives

Tracer put that in because I copied what last sentence from the Tynt FAQ. Seward explains. 

You can imagine why that would appeal to publishers, and though Tracer only launched on March 1, clients already include Politico, the New York Daily News, Hearst Corp., Time Inc., The Wall Street Journal, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Then cuts to the chase.

In truth, it’s annoying, if not a dealbreaker, to find unwanted text attached to what you’ve copied. And the referral traffic from such links is, by all accounts, modest. But I’m much more impressed by Tracer’s backend, which allows publishers to see which pages — and, even better, which parts of those pages — are most frequently copied.

The attribution feature is a mite annoying but it is a feature that can be turned off. Seward is right in that the backend of Tracer is where the magic happens. By being able to track who copied what and where publishers can get a handle on that nebulous thing called user engagement.

Anyone with a mild addiction to web analytics will love this stuff, as it reveals new data about how readers engage with content. I’m not as clear on how publishers might adjust to the information.

If you're a Tracer user, what's your take on the product? If you're an online publisher and don't use Tracer does this product interest you? 

Tynt Multimedia
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tynt Multimedia is measuring the way consumers interact with content they find on Websites and is focused on improving engagement and user retention for Publishers. The company’s platform is driving new revenue opportunities by increasing traffic, increasing onsite user engagement, providing new methods of content discovery, offering new option for ad delivery and providing unique insights into... more

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Duncan Kinney

Duncan Kinney

Duncan is the founder of yycBlogs, a local blog aggregator and the main force behind the yycPhotobook, a crowdsourced photobook. Duncan is a recent grad of Mount Royal College's Journalism program and over the past several years has reported, shot and edited for the Castlegar News , the Reflector, the Calgary Journal, the Edmonton Sun and the Calgary Sun. Duncan has since seen the error in his... more

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