March 12th, 2009
04:23 PM ET

Talk, tweet, and blog about the future of AC360.com

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Kelly Daniel
AC360° Staff

Hopefully you’ve noticed (and are enjoying!) some recent changes at AC360.com… Our staff is joining Anderson and Erica on the Live Blog each night. Our Facebook page is better than ever – make sure to become a fan! And there are more changes in the works!

In a few hours I’m heading to Austin, TX for the South by Southwest Interactive conference. It’s the biggest and best (that’s the only way Texas does anything, right?) internet/media/blog conference around. Everyone will be there to talk about the best of the web now and where everything is heading. Google, Facebook, all the big Internet names and all the small names that will be huge this time next year. One name in particular I’m looking forward to: Nate Silver, creator of FiveThirtyEight.com.

I’ll be blogging in between panels, talks, and the evening “networking events.” More frequently I’ll be Twittering, so follow me! KellyDanielCNN. Twitter launched at SXSWi two years ago, so it only seems fitting that I finally start updating my dormant Twitter page.

So, before I hit the road at 4:45AM Friday (not a time I can say I’m particularly fond of, unless if it’s accompanied by pancakes, eggs, and good friends after a long night), what would you like to see on AC360.com? What should I be on the lookout for at SXSWi?

Filed under: 360° Radar • Behind The Scenes • Internet • Kelly Daniel
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Charlene

    I enjoy watching you COVER the news, but I have a question. This is about Michael Jackson. Why was Dr. Conrad Murray there with MJ that night before he died? If you say he was monitoring his sleep, then WHAT was he administering to MJ that had to have someone there keeping track of his patient? Also, we don't know what habitual drugs MJ took, but if it ws for PAIN, and NOT enjoyment, WHY is everyone jumping on drugs? This kind of death and Diprivan seem to be a duo here, and WHY did it take 2 or3 days for this Conrad Murray to come forward? It is like he was getting his story BUILT up so that he wouldn't look GUILTY. The Los Angeles Police, did a shoddy job from the very first day. After MJ's body was removed, HOWCOME they didn't rope off that scene, cuz family member were enabled to proceed to take stuff out of a CRIME scene,thus TAINTING the CRIME scene..

    July 6, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  2. Valerie

    Hello Anderson, I love watching CNN, but. I hate when you all repeat the same comments over and over. I am appalled to hear that which so much on the American plates, people are so hung up on your president comment about "special olympic children". He did not say or did anything I will considered hurtful. I have worked with special needs children, I have friends with special needs children, as well as I am working with special needs patients. What is the harm done? Special need is just words. We all have special needs. People wake up and get a life, try and fix your economy and STOP BEING SO TOUCHY FEELY. You all had your say not be adults and get over it.

    March 20, 2009 at 9:17 pm |
  3. Peter B

    I understand that AIG execs have bonuses in their contract. I may not agree with it. But we the people demand that govenment carry out a detailed and extensive audit for each exec who accepted their bonus. They should be audited by the IRS for the past five years returns because they are not likely to have paid all their due taxes. If they do not take the bonus they will not placed on the special watch list. This is a simple solution to a complex problem.

    Peter B

    March 15, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  4. Lu LaRosa

    I would like Cnn to address a growing problre with the elderly and I am one of them. After recurrent cancer and other serious health problems. My credid rating went way down. I will be 69 this year and before thesummer of 2007 when my health raqpidly declined I was always on top of bills, mortgage etc. Now I get reports with mistakes and I try and send them the documentation that shows the errors in the reports, but it doesn't get fixede. I do not have the money to go to a finacal councilor unless it is free to the eldely. almost all my 401k money went to pay medical bills because I was too sick to notice the company I retired from changed my secondary insurance to Indemnety plan which paid nother . So I was responsable fot the 20% plus copays and evrything medicare didn't pay. Now with the economy the way it is and the babyboomerts getting old there is a real need for people to get help fixing there credit when they have proof they paid, or that addresses listed are not theirs. the credit burro is in need of the government intervention. Let the Banks and Wall St fix itself help the people that worked hard all their lives and now are being abused by the system that is in Place.
    Help if you know of an agency that could help me let me know. Please look into this buraucratic nightmare that hurts people that worked their whole life only to be screwed by the credit buerau system.
    Thank you ,
    Old and sick and alone in GA

    March 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  5. Lori from IL


    Hope you enjoy the conference. I'm not much of a techie - haven't joined Facebook yet - but thinking about it.

    I would like to see improvement in the Webcast. Often I can't get the webcast (and I have high speed internet service, so that's not the problem) or the volume is low, etc. Was thinking maybe it would be a good idea to post it to the blog the next day. I think this was done once with Jack Grey's first Webcast appearance. Not sure if this requires technology not - but hope you can check it out.

    March 13, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  6. LisaL - Canada

    Blog: i watch the show quite often, and try to leave a comment or two most nights. i, too, have had comments that haven't been posted – assumed to be due to overall volume and moderator staffing.

    Webcast: never watch it (sorry); (a) the feed doesn't play well with my current machine and (b) i get up and move around during commercials

    Twitter: personally, i like the feed the way it is – nice concise overall summary. sounds like regular bloggers might enjoy interactive twittering with producers, erica, jack and each other

    Articles:always good quality articles – like the page layout overall

    - great show - keep on keeping it raw and honest

    March 13, 2009 at 9:33 pm |
  7. Gomsu

    I absolutley love love the facebook page and have to admit that more can be done with bringing topics of education and health to the forefront..Anderson does a great job in teaming up with Sanjay, and more of this should be seen.

    ...Oh and Kelly dont forget to have a safe road trip!

    March 13, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  8. Paula Vergara, Boston, MA

    I like everything you have on your site. It's on my short list of blogs that I visit on a daily basis. As long as you never have Tyra Banks or Britney Spears as guest bloggers, I'll continue to be a regular on ac360.com.

    March 13, 2009 at 12:20 am |
  9. Cristy Kirssin

    Just another thought, Why does the Beat 360 photo get posted so late in the day? I don't get it, I'm trying to win a T-Shirt, but am usually logged in b/w 9-5pm. Once, I leave work and come home I'm not on the web until the shows starts. Can't the photo be prepared so it will post by 9 AM the day of? There must be a reason for the timing, I guess.

    Also, Can we have more contests! I want the opportunity to win different item like autographed stuff from Anderson and Erica everynight. What do you think, such as more opportunites to win things on the webpage, more interactive stuff on the webpage daily, than just reading and commenting on the articles.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:36 pm |
  10. Cristy Kirssin

    I think the AC 360 webpage could use a face lift aesthetically- somthing like how CNN's home page is organized. It's much easier to read at a glance and absorb breaking news within just a few seconds of viewing.

    The AC 360 home page is not as viewer friendly and could be better. You have to work harder to get the news.

    Also , It would be nice if there was a "wall" on the 360 web page, so not only can we comment on the articles being moderated but also start a conversation on the articles with each other. Kind of like integrating a facebook application with the 360 webpage. Now we have to go to both sites to communicate with each other, but it would be cool to do it all on the 360 page.

    March 12, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  11. Lynn

    That Roland has to slow down. Even when he's fighting with others his voice sounds so confrontational, quite unpleasant, I got to flip to another channel....

    March 12, 2009 at 11:02 pm |
  12. Isabel, Brasil

    This is the differential of AC360 ... Information combined with technology!
    YouTube Debates, Twitter, Facebook ...

    Only one caveat: a mobile version could be better. It is heavy and tiring, with only text.

    March 12, 2009 at 9:02 pm |
  13. Helen, Reading, UK

    Speaking from the UK, I'd love it if the show went out here at a more reasonable hour! Still, we can't do anything about time zones, guess I'll just have to move to New York.. I would agree with the others about Twitter, and even the live blog, it would be great if we can get more input from our divine anchor. Bearing in mind he's never more than a few inches away from his beloved Blackberry I'm surprised he doesn't tweet or blog more often! Even the Gergenator graces us with his presence every now and then and we love him for it. And of course I can't go without mentioning the all round comic genius that is Jack Gray. I'm sure we'd all agree he needs his own spot on the show, pronto! Keep up the good work though!

    March 12, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  14. Annie Kate

    I enjoy the blog and its articles but I'm like another person was describing. I put in my comments in the evening because of my schedule and while I try to put in thoughtful comments that follow the rules many of them never get posted because no one goes back to some of the earlier posts to approve later comments. I think a white list of known dependable commenters would ease the load for the moderators and give the blog a much more interactive quality.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:25 pm |
  15. Maria

    Have a nice trip and please arrange jumbstart workshop for Twitter 🙂

    Take care.

    March 12, 2009 at 8:07 pm |
  16. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    One more comment–about twitter, I think our beloved Anderson values his privacy too much to tweet LOL! That's totally cool–all part of his mystique!

    March 12, 2009 at 7:28 pm |
  17. Megan Dresslar - Shoreline, WA

    Hellooo Kelly!!!!
    I am enjoy check twitter, facebook and more.... I like your idea!!! I love both of twitter and facebook to check Anderson's page give me update!!!!!!!! I have both of them, It is so awesome both pages! I always read his Anderson's blog together, I love AC 360 bloggers, it is so special to read comments.
    I also agree with my friend bloggers, Cristy Kirssin, Vanessa, and Chris Sosa, I am so exciting to read this!!!!!

    March 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  18. Tarja, Finland

    Keep up with the interactivity ;and podcast- it`s the only way I can tune in because live broadcast starts at 5 AM here in Finland.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  19. Michelle Johnson, Lomita, CA

    Hi Kelly, my suggestion for improvement also involves comment moderation, on the AC 360 webpage. Over the last two days especially, I have submitted carefully thought-out, appropriate comments, and friendly hellos to the the bloggers. One of my comments yesterday disappeared in cyberspace, and one I submitted today has been awaiting moderation for hours while another comment submitted an hour after mine is already posted. Can't help but get the feeling that some of your frequent commenters are favored over others. In a truly interactive, quality forum, you submit the comment and your opinion is seen by everyone else. I would suggest less selectivity and more speed in comment moderation. If you're serious about going interactive, don't be afraid of what people say!!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  20. Stacy

    Hi Kelly,

    The conference sounds cool. I hope you get to meet Nate Silver. His site is one of my faves. You'll probably want to avoid mentioning his Oscar predictions though. Heh.

    Also, add me to the list of those that think you should change Anderson's twitter feed to the name of the show if it's just going to be links. He's committing twitter faux pas the way it is now. I had to laugh when I read that Dr. Drew was "unfollowing" him because it wasn't really Anderson tweeting. Dissed my Dr. Drew. Oh no!

    March 12, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  21. Michelle

    I hear Austin is quite the music scene.
    I friend recently turned me on to the
    Shins.i am so addict the the song
    Phantom Limb. One other question
    would viewers be able to tell about
    cool stuff in their cities or states and
    stuff we see on the internet that we
    think 360 might be interested in.

    March 12, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  22. Vanessa, TX

    Hi Kelly, I, too, like Chris, have been enjoying the staff joining us for the live blog. I love that CNN & AC360 is using all means of technology. I do love AC360 on facebook, but I do agree with Chris, seems like Anderson's twitter page seems to provide links to the website, rather than having Anderson actually "tweet"..I would also love to see a live feed online while AC360 is on-air. Some of us don't make it home on time to catch the show live. I would love to be able to watch the show on the computer when i don't have access to a TV.

    Regardless of the "minor" issues, we still love to watch AC360...and I think the fans of the show love the new changes and await for more in the future. Everyone is doing a great job!

    March 12, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  23. Heather


    I'm enjoying the fact that the producers have started to blog as well. Any chance that the web casts can be put online? I'm not able to access them during the program but would love to listen in the next day. itr would make the "behind the scenes action" accessible to more of us.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  24. Isabel, Brazil

    Hi, Kelly!

    The changes are very cool.

    The technological side of AC is simply "all good"!
    I work with cumputador and here in Brazil no one gets to their feet... in the journalism...

    Yesterday, in the liveblog, I spent the following feedback: is very good to have the AC360 producers' blogging with us. Many times, I felt the lack of response of you and, in this way, I have been attended.

    Thanks and congratulations to be bringing more contents, more info, and more insight for us.

    As to what you should be seeking is at SXSWi... please, I will comment, I must comment, but here a few minutes ... my Bboss call me ...

    March 12, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  25. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Have been noticing and enjoying. Thanks for all the work you guys put into making this the best news-show site on the web!

    From the interactive nature of the blog to the high level of networking (Twitter, Facebook, etc) that makes the show so accessible, it is truly one-of-a-kind. One can rest assured that other news shows will begin to emulate AC360, but surely to less impressive results. 😉

    Only two complaints to speak of. One, "Anderson"s Twitter feed. It appears to be nothing more than an AC360 article alert feed. So it seems Anderson should either take over that feed, or it should just be renamed appropriately.

    The other has to do with comment moderation, especially on the live blog. It seems to end up falling many minutes behind the show, often with back-comments being admitted so late that they're no longer relevant. But this could certainly be do to comment volume vs. the number of staff available to moderate. Not exactly how that would be resolved without extra staffers, or maybe a white-list of quality users to prevent the mods from having to moderate comments by those that have proven to post responsibly.

    Aside from those two very minor issues, excellent job! AC360.com remains one of my first stops on the web every day.

    March 12, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  26. Cristy Kirssin Baltimore, Maryland


    That sounds really neat! I just started with the AC 360 blog & facebook pages. Already the AC 360 facebook bloggers page is helping me to meet up w. the other bloggers and learn more about them like a mini family. Just looking for more ways to connect to the other viewers better and with the show . i really like the feeling of being able to "participate" . I like to take advantage of all the tools the show has to offer now, also the Live webcam is cool, Please look for more cool innovative things. AC 360 is really diffrent b/c of this and sets it apart from other shows because it is interactive. Also hopefully the new technologies will also stay simple to use. I just really enjoy the show as well as the neat interactive tools!!!!! Keep us in the loop what is going on,

    Cristy Kirssin from Baltimore, Md

    March 12, 2009 at 4:55 pm |

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