Reuters: Parent bloggers question role in Mylan’s EpiPen schools push.
“The bloggers, more than a dozen mothers of children with serious allergies, embraced the effort Mylan outlined in a series of ‘summits’ it held for them beginning in 2013. They wrote impassioned posts on blogs shared with tens of thousands of followers on social media. Their personal testimony helped persuade a number of state lawmakers to pass bills to get schools to stock epinephrine injectors, such as the EpiPen, according to legislators and others familiar with the lobbying effort. During the same period, the company was marking up its EpiPen to more than $600 per twin pack, six times the 2007 price, creating a burden for many of the bloggers’ followers, other parents of children whose lives are threatened by bee stings and peanuts.”
Note this is the same strategy big pharma uses with doctors; symposia held in exotic locations. Read: bribery. I used to wonder that anyone would accept such largess without having at least one night of moral indigestion. I’ve since learned humanity has an incredible capacity to rationalize just about any action.
Bloggers, wake up. List your favor-granting, tchotchke-supplying influencers. Even if offered for free or for ‘loan’. List your sponsors. I understand you want or need to make money. Be open and honest, please.
I have no sponsors, have had none. If I did, they would be prominently listed in my right-side nav section here.
Product Hunt: Slack Beta.
No longer a wrapper for a website. I’ll probably just wait for wider release - mine’s fast enough.
DP Review/Opinion: Park vandals need to be stopped.
Do this in front of me. I’ll get angry. You won’t like me when I’m angry.
Facebook Trending changed while I was away.
It’s even BETTER now. As in, even easier to ignore. Gives almost no quick-scan information. Must be great, to get paid to design such terrible, useless UX.
WaPo: 98 personal data points that Facebook uses to target ads to you.
Astonishing. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am. What concerns me more is the creation of ... no term for this yet ... ‘economic vacuum chambers’. As we see Republicans and Dems split off to ideological vacuum chambers, these targeted ads are feeding us product and services in ‘perceived’ economic and interest categories. What if I don’t fit the profile, but I’d really like an aged steak? Will I be served endless ads for Wal-Mart ground beef? What does this do to a person’s overall character, not to mention aspirations? Not describing this well, but I hope you get my drift. Many of these ‘feed them what they routinely view’ algorithms encourage and vivify terrible habit formation.
College Fix: Princeton HR department - Don’t use word ‘man’.
Should this be the new ‘default’ for all weblogs and social interactions? Asking. “I’d really like to know, man.”
Guardian.UK: The hounding of Gabby Douglas - unworthy end for a great American champion.
Lesson: Stay away from social media while in competition.
The Verge: Adblock Plus has already defeated Facebook’s new ad blocking restrictions.
Hillary wants you to ‘Trump Yourself’.
But you have to allow access to your FB setup.
538: There’s Probably Nothing That Will Change Clinton Or Trump Supporters’ Minds.
If only we could convince our friends and family on social channels that this were true ...
Vox: Donald Trump perfectly explains his entire campaign strategy, in one bizarre tweet.
Been trying to explain this for ages now. If you ignore him, he loses his power. After the Clinton coronation, all thinking liberals should purposely minimize their T-tweets and quash T-conversations.
Flickr’s uploading features have been down for about five hours now.
Don’t expect to see anything new there today. No word from Flickr HQ as to what’s going on.
DP Review: Study - Instagram interactions declining as user base grows.
Hmmm. Hate the new algorithmic timeline. I just don’t use Instagram. Opportunity for Flickr to regain marketshare, IMHO.
Mashable: How Yahoo derailed Tumblr.
IMHO, it still has the best suggestions engine. It can peg my tastes pretty damned accurately (suggestions for new Tumblrs to follow). That alone is worth big $.
FishbowlNY: Microsoft Buys LinkedIn for $26 Billion.
Which means Lynda.com (bought by LinkedIn) is now owned by MS. Get ready for login nightmares.
Zeldman: Instagram to third-party developers: drop dead.
“Flickr, while it yet lives, provides me with far richer layers of experience and capability than even the most tricked-out third-party Instagram app could dream of. I always used Instagram under protest, as a poor cousin. I used it because people were there, not because I liked it.” Preach, brother.
Guardian.UK: Want to imbibe wisdom by accident?
OK, but please understand they are the ‘snacks’ of wisdom. Short, easy to post and read. And then most of us move on, without any depth of thought. So many are posting mediocre images and tacking quotes on. It’s clichè turned to 11 now.
Gizmodo: How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet.
“There are other signals as well. On Stellar.io, a favorites aggregator that tracks what people are linking on Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo and Flickr, the latter’s links fail to show up even daily in my stream.” *ahem* Stellar.io is dead in the water, dear author. Flickr’s not quite that bad yet. What infuriated me most, besides the Yahoo login, was the updating of the interface, making terrible design choices as they recrafted the experience. It still only rates ‘sorta usable’, IMHO. I surely do miss all the old activity. But as with Twitter over weblogging, Instagram offers a single crappy photo and a bit of text (sometimes). Less investment, less time. Just push, no pull. And Instagram’s far from perfect. It’s not a place to store your images - not at all. None of the current photo services get it right. None. That’s something I’d love to have input in, at the design/concept level ...
DP Review: Photo business - the rise and impending fall of social media ‘influencers’.
“The unnamed executive predicts influencers will start to disappear as brands recognize that the value isn’t there. ‘Just because photos look good and have 200,000 followers means nothing.’ While it lasts, it sure seems like a pretty sweet gig.”
Mashable: LinkedIn resetting passwords after 117 million user credentials stolen.
Reset your passwords. Again. Remind me, what do I need LinkedIn for? Hasn’t done a damned bit of good except suck a little time here and there.
Metafilter: I Read the News Today, Oh Boy.
If anyone’s basing their issue-priorities on Facebook Trends, I truly pity them. I’ve complained about its irrelevance many a time previous.
Medium: Being A Developer After 40.
TechCrunch: Hundreds of Spotify credentials appear - users report accounts hacked.
FYI. I went ahead and changed my password, nonetheless.
ScottKelby: Another Little Instagram Tip - Better-Looking Text In Your Posts.
Cheat to add line-breaks.
Dazed: M.I.A criticises political conversation in America.
“Is Beyoncé or Kendrick Lamar going to say Muslim Lives Matter? Or Syrian Lives Matter? Or this kid in Pakistan matters? That’s a more interesting question. [snip] You cannot ask it on a song that’s on Apple, you cannot ask it on an American TV programme, you cannot create a tag on Twitter, Michelle Obama isn’t going to hump you back.”