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 ...
Marco.org: Google and blogs - “Shit.”
There is good news, though. I get the occasional right-wing site link a blog-article tweet because the title sounds like I’m supporting their cause. When their followers click through, the fur sure flies. Enormously enjoyable. “Hey, I was just standing here. You walked into the wall yourself.”
Stop Using LinkedIn.
Oooh, some folks are pissed.
The Awl: The Next Internet Is TV.
euansemple: Telling stories.
“We cause ourselves untold stress and unhappiness when the world doesn’t conform to our stories.” Our stories shift over time, too. But overall, the Moyers-Campbell dialogues over “The Power of Myth” comes to mind.
PS Mag: Is Social Media Making Us All the Same?
“While Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all provide great opportunities for us to express our local tastes, unique styles, and nuanced views of the world, we too often don’t. Herd mentality rules.” Our uniqueness is in our foibles. #GREENCHILEFOREVER
Viral meme speed.
Amazes me how fast “Left Shark” has entered conversations around the world. Ms Perry and her sharks seem ‘the only bait in town.’ No Wikipedia article, so far.
The Smart Set: The Real Problem with Public Discourse.
“And the best thing about it was, nobody in his life — not his parents, his adult children, his grandchildren, not his neighbors nor the members of his church congregation—knew that Bob Anderson, retired accountant, family man, churchgoer and pillar of his suburban community, was really the infamous scourge of the Internet, that dreaded and admired titan among trolls, Mrpoophispants.”
SF New Mexican/Science Matters: The Internet giveth and the Internet taketh away.
“The new study was able to measure a second problem, known as content drift, that describes the change over time that occurs in most linked documents or references. Does the link still connect to the version of the document that was intended? If not, there is content drift. By combining content drift with link rot, the researchers were able to come up with a metric for what they call reference drift or reference rot, indicating how far out of alignment the basic documents were with their intended links. In the archives studied, 20 percent of the articles were not reliably moored to their references.” Link of the day. Roger gives us a great one. If I go back to my oldest archives, if 80% are not rotted, I’m surprised.
SaintSal: Get your loved ones off Facebook.
Worthy of the read. See what you think.