Teenage girl blogged about her painful road to death

by John Einar Sandvand on December 4, 2009 · 1 comment

The death of 18 year old Regine Hansen Stokke in Norway demonstrates in a tragic way the power of social media. For more than a year thousands of people have followed her blog about the fight against cancer – up to the day of her death.

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Where half the population use Facebook every week

by John Einar Sandvand on October 28, 2009 · 5 comments

The growth of Facebook has been tremendous in Norway over the last couple of years. A new survey shows that more than 50 per cent of the population now use Facebook every week.


- Kindle’s user terms violate basic consumer rights

by John Einar Sandvand on October 27, 2009 · 3 comments

Norway’s Consumer Council warns Amazon that user terms for Kindle e-readers violate basic consumer rights. The watchdog is considering launching a formal process against Amazon, just as it did against Apple’s iTunes store.


Three-year-trend: Newspaper sites falling, social media rising

by John Einar Sandvand on October 19, 2009 · 1 comment

The service of frequently is used to get an indication of which sites are most popular in different countries. Here are two top 20 lists for Norway, registered three years apart. Check the differences.

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Norway went to the polls on September 14th. It was an event which inspired new and creative ways of doing online journalism. Here is an overview of how the biggest news sites in Norway decided to cover the election night.


Where everybody visits newspaper sites

by John Einar Sandvand on August 10, 2009 · 18 comments

Newspapers own less than 1 per cent of the time spent online in the US. This is in strong contrast to the situation in Scandinavia. In fact, Norway’s largest newspaper site,, have more page views than any newspaper site in English, despite the fact that only 4,7 million people live in the country.


How journalists use Twitter

by John Einar Sandvand on July 28, 2009 · 7 comments

One in two journalists have used Twitter, according to a new survey in Norway. Twitter is used both as a research tool, a source for story ideas and a way to connect to readers.


Letting users advise you on new products

by John Einar Sandvand on November 11, 2008 · 0 comments

Why do all the development work yourself? Quite often users are willing to help. If you ask them, that is. The state owned Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) did that today – and lots of good suggestions are coming in.