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ScribbleLive is a content marketing software platform and other tools used by media, advertising, and marketing professionals.[1] It is used by major brands and news organizations for content publication, real-time news delivery, event coverage, and content planning.

ScribbleLive is a privately owned company and was founded by Michael De Monte and Jonathan Keebler in 2008[2] to provide a live blogging solution.[3] The company has since evolved into a content marketing software company with deep data science capabilities.[4]


Michael De Monte and Jonathan Keebler were both employees at CTV when they started working on what would eventually become ScribbleLive, investing $1,500 into the initial project.[5][6]

In 2009, De Monte and Keebler received seed funding from Rogers Ventures.[7]

On November 10, 2011, ScribbleLive announced that it had raised $4 million in new financing, led by Summerhill Venture Partners.[8]

ScribbleLive announced a second round of funding on June 19, 2013. This round of funding was led by Georgian Partners, and included Export Development Canada (EDC), Summerhill Venture Partners and Rogers Venture Partners.[9]

On June 14, 2014, Scribble Technologies Inc. acquired CoveritLive from Demand Media[10] for $4.5 (USD) million of cash and promissory note with a principal amount of $5.6 million.[11]

On April 15, 2015, Scribble Technologies Inc. acquired Appinions Inc.[12]


The browser-based application allows users to post and edit content, insert images and video, create polls, provide comments, moderate and curate the social web. Content can be published via the web, SMS text messaging, and voicemail.[13] The application has also been used for Q&A sessions and live chats. Each event is archived[14] and real-time analytics generate statistics on the event's coverage.[15]

The platform allows for collaboration between different parts of an organization, by allowing writers and editors to publish to and edit content simultaneously.[16]

Social content is also curated through the application. Relevant Twitter hashtags or users can be followed in a liveblog, posting their content from Twitter as it created.[17][18] Content from Facebook can also be pulled in, although the amount of accessible conversations is lower due to the social network's privacy policies.

On June 1, 2015, ScribbleLive released Projects so that content marketers and publishers can create content plans collaboratively. Other project features include content calendars, content promotion scheduling, and content analytics.[19]

Event Coverage[edit]

During the Egyptian Revolution, Al Jazeera was faced with multiple attempts to disrupt its coverage from Egypt.[20] ScribbleLive set up a phone number that enabled Al Jazeera reporters to call in and leave audio messages on Al Jazeera's liveblog.[21] Reporters had to resort to phoning in live updates[22] to their Al Jazeera's liveblog, "to overcome the internet blackout and restrictions on its journalists, Al Jazeera was publishing audio messages from its correspondents in Egypt, powered by live-blogging platform ScribbleLive."[23]

When the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, used ScribbleLive to send live updates to their users, including news, videos, and photos from their journalists.[24]

In May 2014, The Boston Globe won a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News "for its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy."[25][better source needed]


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