Pacific Standard: The Most Popular Ways to Share Personal News.
“Despite all of the technology, face-to-face communication still came out on top as the most popular method of sharing.” Which emphasizes the fact that a social media persona is a fictional construct (not that all personas aren’t constructs; just more fictional than the historical mean).
Paris Review: Cory Arcangel’s Working on My Novel.
“Cory Arcangel’s new book, Working on My Novel — based on the Twitter feed of the same name—is a compilation of tweets from people who are putatively at work on novels. No more, no less.” That’s it - never, ever say you’re working on your novel.
Mashable: ManServants Startup Is Not a Joke and It’s Not a Gigolo Service.
Mashable: Why Killing the Check-In Was the Wrong Move for Foursquare
Yay! I can kill an app on my phone. Not that I ever used it much. I felt it was an invitation for house burglars.
FirstLook: NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter from Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children.
We live in an age where personal branding may limit your ability to report.
Youtube: Weird Al, ‘Foil’.
Weird Al’s having a heck of a week. Perfect social fodder. I haven’t seen Al in ages, now he’s flippin’ *everywhere*.
Google+: End of the nymwars?
Mashable: This Weekend, Behold The Giant Buck Moon.
No! No! No! Another arbitrary Moon event! Please folks, find something else to blog about. Navel lint. Rearranging the sock drawer. ANYTHING BUT MORE MOON EVENTS.
The New Yorker: The Potato Salad Guy Should Keep Every Penny.
“… to pretend that a reward is always (or even ever) commensurate with the amount of work one does is to misconstrue how the world works. If potato salad leads people to reflect on the injustices of modern American capitalism, then we really may be on to something.”
Seattle Times: Why in the world I hand-wrote my emails – and what it taught me about how we wr
ReadWrite: An Early Fourth - Welcome To ReadWrite 4.0.
Another redesign. I swear, Evan W. should charge for Medium copycats. It has had such a huge impact on design.
The Rumpus: Face-Off - Facebook Vs. Reality.
“Someone who’s not on Facebook is sketchy. It’s like people who don’t drink. You can’t trust them.” Bwah-hah-hah-hah. Like NYC in the 80’s - if you weren’t seeing a shrink like everyone else, you had to be an axe-murderer. And the author, Bibi Deitz, sounds like she lives in Santa Fe. Go for it, kiddo.
Guardian.UK: Facebook emotion study breached ethical guidelines, researchers say.
The AV Club: Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment.
The New Yorker: Should Auschwitz Be a Site for Selfies?.
Poynter: ‘Almost half’ of the NYT’s blogs will close or merge.
“Some blogs are quite popular, but others ‘“got very, very little traffic, and they required an enormous amount of resources, because a blog is an animal that is always famished.’” Information point, fellow bloggerati.
SERoundtable: CNBC Highlights 17 Year Old Web Site Devastated By Google’s Panda 4.0 Update.
We need to rout around Google indexing.
Circular - an open source Buffer app.
TNW: Technorati Quietly Killed its Blog Index in May.
End of an era. Klout should start counting down the days. Take note, all ye who overvalue ‘blog rankings’ services.
Contently: New Report Reveals Just How Drastically Brand Engagement is Plummeting on Facebook.
Hitching your wagon to any service, whether Google, Facebook or other(s), seems the height of unwisdom these days.
Dazed: Top fashion bloggers now earn six-figure salaries.
“Popular bloggers can demand $50,000 for an appearance at a high-profile brand event like a store opening. One top blogger charged $5,000 for posting a single Instagram photo of the brand’s product.” Good grief - I picked the wrong niche.
GigaOm: A startup is pushing an alternative to Facebook by showing how much info we really share.
SciAm: Wikipedia Dicey As Medical Info Source.
“Researchers who compared peer-reviewed articles to the Wikipedia pages for the 10 most costly medical conditions in the U.S. — including heart disease, back pain and osteoarthritis — discovered incorrect information on 9 out of 10 pages.”
Medium: Update on Medium’s Paid Collection Experiments.
“We picked editors we trusted, and we found, for the most part, they respected the site and reliably delivered high quality writing. We also learned (surprise) that high quality posts do not automatically garner attention and audience commensurate with the effort of producing them. As a result, our payment model failed to support some really terrific contributors.” Two Medium posts in a row is purely coincidence, I assure you.
Caught. Was wondering when sites were going to start spoofing Facebook likes.
Just took a peek at a friend’s “liked” post, to see if it was legit. It was not. But there was a large modal dialog in the middle, saying nothing of importance, which I dismissed. The ‘x’ close box triggered a personal ‘like’ on my own FB timeline. Luckily, I had remained in FB and saw it before it sat there for any amount of time.
Beware what you click on, when you click through articles and stories linked on FB. At least double-check your timeline afterwards.