Another sign that social media have been recognised by mainstream media, but it come in a context with other views.
Today's Observer has some comment by Jon Naughton on Facebook in Tunisia
This seems fair enough. But there is also the Media page where Peter Preston is disappointed in the income so far from apps on tablets.
My impression has been that digital publishing devices were under reported until the iPad, seen by print journalists as a chance to charge on the classic model for newspapers. This may not work out so they might consider the OhmyNews model of citizen journalism - more respect for the readers and an emphasis on editing and training. Preston mentions circulation declines of around ten percent, with or without a web paywall. This cannot go on for ever.
Social networking under fresh attack as tide of cyber-scepticism sweeps US
Another book from another expert. No wonder people are deserting newspapers and contribute less online to the sites that insult them.
It is still possible that Guardian Media will include websites that work out. But print media could continue in classic mode till the circulation just stops making sense.
However, I shall treat the views of Jon Naughton as marking a significant date.