Buffer Blog: How to Use Medium - The Complete Guide for Marketers.
Kudos for at least mentioning the ‘ownership’ issue.
Turned off my IFTTT tweet script for a while.
Mere retweets of titles seem to be ... more noise than signal. I’ll see if I can craft more meaningful tweets during the day, a subset of what I normally would auto-tweet.
Yale Journal of Law & Tech: The Virtues of Moderation.
Embedly Blog: Twitter’s got a New Harassment Problem — Periscope.
“Periscope and other public live streaming apps have a battle to fight and a social responsibility. The ability to type hate and see an immediate physical, emotional response is the ultimate tool for a tormentor.” I’ve been seeing Periscope recommended by various niche talking heads for the last week. I was about to download, when I ran across this. Seems you need to be careful with your settings - they’re defaulting to ‘too open.’
If you’d like to pursue the blue bird a bit more.
A List Apart: Initiation to Code.
Synchronicity. I just mentioned the importance of mentoring yesterday. Speaking of which, I’d surely like to see an ALA Guild.
AnumHussain: Start-to-Finish Guide - How To Launch & Grow A Blog.
As opposed to many other folks making these recommends, she prioritizes talking face-to-face. No gaming the system here, just commonsense. Glad this sailed into my aggregator. Bookmarked, to pass to clients who say “I want to start a blog ...” without any knowledge of what is necessary to make it successful. It’ll save me an hour and a half in meetings, easily.
Muut Blog: Switching from Disqus to Muut.
Ah, Disqus has some competition.
Butterick’s Practical Typography.: The billionaire’s typewriter.
“... how does Medium improve the Internet? I haven’t seen a single story on Medium that couldn’t exist equally well elsewhere. Nor evidence that Medium’s editing and publishing tools are a manifest improvement over what you can do with other tools.” Very well put. Merci, Ray L.Later: Speaking of Medium et al, Dave’s opened up his MyWord Editor.
The Week: Why South by Southwest is a huge, exploitative scam.
c|net: For Kate Upton, social media is now drivel.
“Now it’s about who has the best marketing, not who has a really good personality.” Wisdom from an unexpected source. I like her better now.
Curated: Grow your audience by collecting and sharing engaging content.
Be me for $25/month (500 subscribers), with auto-sponsorship opportunities. But you’d better be monetizing. Looks a whole hell of a lot nicer than Paper.li.
SER: Google Discontinuing Original Google Webmaster Tools API, Killing Keyword Data.
FYI. “... you can no longer get keyword data for the content report from the Google Webmaster Tools API starting on April 20, 2015. Google did say there are other ways to get the data in Python, Java, and OACurl but many of the free and popular keyword tools use the API.”
Medium: Custom domains for publications.
“Today, we’re happy to announce that we are taking the first steps towards making this a reality with the limited beta launch of custom domains.” Is it really something new, or just becoming Squarespace with a single template? Just asking. [Don’t get me wrong, I like Medium. I just haven’t used it yet. Their new short-form doesn’t seem to have attracted link-and commenters like myself.]
The Register.UK: USA’s most powerful men explain why they’re scared of email.
“I’m afraid that if I was emailing, given my solid, always calm temperament that I might email something that I might regret. You could send out an email that you would regret later on and would be maybe taken out of context.” Well, that sure gives Hillary a convenient ‘out’. Almost as entertaining as having the late Strom Thurmond give you friendly advice ... “Speak into the may-chine” [meaning talk into the microphone].
Squall - The Tweetstorm Cometh.
Another microblogging environment. No recommendation; just noting the circumstance.
MetaTalk: Sixteen Years.
I can only imagine the stress, Matt. Best wishes on your new endeavours!
vowe dot net: It was nice knowing you, Google+.
“And then Google decided to add all my circles to my address book. Hundreds of people I don’t need in there. A quick visit to Google+, delete all circles, farewell.” Haven’t seen that yet. When I do ...
Historiann: Dad opens can of internet whoopa$$ on offensive Twitter jerks.
All Dads with daughters, take note.
ReadWrite: Google+ Is Poised For A Big Breakup.
I wondered for how long it would continue to limp along.
edgee - playground for the curious.
First impression, from the video, is a mashup between Medium and Tumblr. I’ve requested an invite (13k).
New ways to write and read on Medium.
Allowing short-form posts? Intriguing. I may have to play.
Guardian.UK: Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers.
“Scientists argue that, like bubonic plague, Facebook will eventually die out.” Linked for that quote ... yet, this FB plague continues to change and adapt, more like HIV ...
The Atlantic: What Good Is Twitter?
“Without revealing numbers that will get me in trouble with my bosses, I concluded that my prodigious use of Twitter in the last 30 days has cumulatively driven less traffic to TheAtlantic.com than one of my below-average stories.” I went in to look at my stats and, good God, he’s right. Two people on average click on my links per day. Oh, many people read an individual tweet, but few engage with them. Is this not the *definition* of ‘noise’? I would consider dropping my auto-tweet IFTTT script, but my ‘impressions’ numbers seem on a slow growth cycle.
If you’re trying to get performance on Twitter, you would do well to read the above article, and take a hard look at your own stats: “The more sophisticated takeaway is that Twitter is worthless for the limited purpose of driving traffic to your website, because Twitter is not a portal for outbound links, but rather a homepage for self-contained pictures and observations.”
Blogs ain’t dead. Said it before, I’ll say it repeatedly.
Mashable: 1-800-Flowers is doing major damage control after a Valentine’s Day fail.
Normally, being deflowered on Valentine’s Day would be romantic ...