Twitter/ShortList: A brief history of cool ...
Useful. Now I don’t feel so out-of-date.
The Atlantic: What Great Artists Need: Solitude.
“You know the cliché: You’re out on the town, you’re doing drugs, you’re drinking, you’re running on the walls, you’re pissing on the fireplace. It’s a cliché. Often you run into artists who live that life—and at one point, you find out that they’re not actually producing that much art. They’re living the life of the artist without the work.” Works with social media too, I think. Those who are most active, are not ‘doing the work.’ (Providing that work is not social media marketing itself.)
ReadWrite: Facebook’s Paper Splashes A New Coat Of Paint On The News Feed.
Dry, pithy comment of the day.
“Hey Garret, what would you recommend to people using the social media today?”
“Don’t be a caricature.”
FiftyThree: Every story has a name ...
“An app about stories shouldn’t start with someone else’s story. Facebook should stop using our brand name.” FiftyThree’s Paper is a bang-up drawing app. They were here first.
Farhan.org: Building your own Buffer App.
WaPo: Today’s iPhone is more useful than $3,000 worth of gadgets from 1991.
I was all over this about six months ago, on FB.
99U: Gary Vaynerchuk - How to Tell Stories in an A.D.D. World.
He’s an acquired taste for some. Marked so I can view it later.
Ask DN: Do you use share buttons on websites or manually share URLs?
Macworld: Facebook finally shakes things up with Paper, the front page for your life.
This’ll be interesting. The advantage for FB is similar to that of Kottke.org and Stellar.io … sitting on top of pre-curated already-going-viral content in their systems, to pick and choose the real ‘cherries’. It’s brilliant. Even in ‘failure’, it will be popular, I suspect.
EuanSemple: Facebook as a blogging platform.
Hmmmm. Euan has a more focused selection of ‘friends’ on FB than I do. Mine is an agglomeration of high school friends, acquaintances, old-school bloggers, family, and, perhaps unwisely, a couple of clients. I could kick off some of my blogging efforts there, but likely I would wind up in useless conversations defending my political viewpoints, or offending someone’s religious convictions … or worse, chasing off clientele. He’s been wiser in his selection of followers. I suppose I could make an FB page, one of these years. Redesign here, first.
Putting on my debugging hat, there’s a particular physical reason, a design reason, why I think Euan sees the effect he does so starkly. Or rather, why he doesn’t see as much of a benefit on his blog. The comments area on his blog is below the fold, and the TEXTAREA for new comments is above the actual thread of comments. Two design strikes there. I believe the ‘normal’ formatting for a comments area is to have the TEXTAREA below the thread, so one can see the comments (and craft a response), and to have the comments thread begin above the fold (if possible; if not, some better visual indicator that a comments thread is active), so one (with today’s hyper quick-scanners) knows there is a continuing conversation going on.
Anyway. I make the mistake CONSTANTLY of loading his blog, never scrolling, and thinking there’re no comments there. Given the choice, I’d rather leave a comment on a weblog out in the open internet, rather than in fenced-off FB. So I actually *don’t* generally leave comments in his FB section, no matter how active it is.
But then, I’m an old-school blog utopian romantic purist at heart. I mostly save my comments for when they drag me kicking and screaming to the keyboard.
Later: We old-schoolers used to comment on each other’s designs all the time, way back when. Euan’s using Squarespace, which may limit his formatting choices. This is not any sort of ‘personal attack’ - which some seem to believe. It’s simply an hopefully helpful observation. As for defending my own outdated design … mea culpa.
Guardian.UK: Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers.
Hmmm. But aren’t new features and upgrades like new infections? In that case, we should see multiple curves.
TopRankBlog: Online Magazines/Apps - Brand Examples and Best Practices
vowe dot net: Social media disappointments.
Mashable: Tumblr Introduces @Mentions for Users.
CopyBlogger: Surviving “Content Shock” and the Impending Content Marketing Collapse.
“Some call it page-view journalism. I like to call it Content Regurgitated as Product. Perhaps we can call it CRaP for short.” My bolded emphasis. I like that.
Wired: The PC’s Death Might Also Mean the Web’s Demise.
“Twitter will be for content.” The day I go back to books and handwritten letters, permanently.
Guardian.UK: The felfie - how farmers are embracing social media.
NPR: Many Younger Facebook Users ‘Unfriend’ The Network.
So there’s room for an app like Path to succeed, still.
Re/code: Path Closes $25 Million Funding, Led by Indonesia’s Bakrie Global Group.
When I get totally p-o’ed at Facebook, you’ll likely find me on Path. Don’t know why it isn’t more popular. Who needs all the other stuff that’s associated with FB (other than advertisers and the NSA)?
Nieman JLab: If a tweet worked once, send it again, and other lessons from The NY Times.
“Here are some lessons we learned in 2013 from what we did on @nytimes and other institutional Twitter accounts.” Gems within, applicable to many. Social media mavens, take note.
Mashable: Don’t Walk Offstage (Michael Bay-Style) - The Internet Will Eat You Alive.
Twitter is the neighborhood ‘back fence’, the party-line, only magnified by a factor of a thousand, at least. Celebs need hides as thick as a rhino’s.
Guardian.UK: TED isn’t a recipe for ‘civilisational disaster’.
TED curator Chris Anderson answers critics. I’ll pull a quote: “A TED talk is not a book. It is not a peer-reviewed scientific paper.” Some treat the videos as such, and it is unwise to do so without hitting current research sources. Same as linkblogging … you’ve got to check the speaker’s ‘facts.’ Every time. I get lazy, I get reprimanded by my audience.
[Note this argument is very similar to the one ‘political entertainers’ use to justify their existence. They pull back to ‘entertainer’ status the minute controversy hits. So it is with TED — only you’re warned clearly ahead of time. That ‘E’ stands for ‘Entertainment.’ They could have used that ‘E’ to stand for ‘Education’. They didn’t. They knew what they’d be broadcasting. TED is more honest.]
Liveblog Pro: liveblogging software, live blog tool.
I was lamenting on Twitter yesterday the lack of connection between blog comments and social media channels. Check this out: LiveBlog Pro. Not, perhaps, for the casual blogger. Caught my interest, nonetheless. If you see one operating, drop me an email. I’d like to see it work.
Asian Correspondent: Selling social media clicks becomes big business.
“Italian security researchers and bloggers Andrea Stroppa and Carla De Micheli estimated in 2013 that sales of fake Twitter followers have the potential to bring in $40 million to $360 million to date, and that fake Facebook activities bring in $200 million a year.” Pays to be fake.