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.
AskReddit: Whats the difference between how Hollywood portrays getting shot and what its really like
FStoppers: Facebook Software Engineer Teaches You How to Steal Copyrighted Images.
“According to his bio, Jesse Chen is a software engineer at Facebook and recent graduate of UC Berkeley. Jesse has a personal blog which we recently stumbled across that includes a blog post from 2012 that detailed how to go about stealing copyrighted images and removing watermarks.” Causing a bit of hoopla. Who would actually spend that amount of time, though? Most people don’t have the skillset.
Giz Fieldguide: TweetDeck Tips and Tricks To Master All Things Twitter.
For those working somewhat inefficiently, this’ll give you a kick in the pants.
Announcement: Springpad is Shutting Down on June 25th.
I liked the look, but never used it. I never could get the interface to be economical with screen real estate. Took too long to find things.
Hmmm. I won’t answer this as I would have mere weeks ago, before MeFi and I got our butts bruised by Google. I’ll use Euan’s post as a lever, because he usually doesn’t mind my diversions and tangents from his original points.
I’ve said for years, “a weblog is the virtual representation of your physical self”. It is not a replica. It is what we choose to put online. Therefore it is not necessarily ‘truth’ or ‘fact’ about any given person. And each person’s ability to render themselves in text (photos and video) varies quite widely. I believe online judgments of individuals are inherently flawed; that only groups can be judged from wider criteria with any sort of accuracy.
However, our individual public actions are being observed by elements who do not reveal their observations to us [peek at your browser cookies for a mere sliver of what’s going on]. We play Lady Godiva daily, revealing all nearly 24/7, with almost no attention to who is coming to look and listen. These ‘unseen’ are storing the raw information about ourselves we freely toss out in ever-increasing bounty. The data they collect, at their expense, exists to be acted upon.
Our virtual selves as individuals are being judged.
You’ve heard all that before. But how are they judging us? By algorithm, of course. Therein lies the danger to which I have recently been alerted, in “throw ice water on the sleeping blogger” fashion.
Historically, we’ve been judged by our friends, family, and work associates for our actual, physical behavior. Subtle cues about temporary moods, mental states, overall health, financial stability and more were picked up in face-to-face contact. Now we must add to that equation a virtual behavior metric, where we are involuntarily and emotionlessly psychoanalyzed by social media outfits, marketers, credit firms, insurance companies, large corporations, security entities, and more for what we are saying, and for what they algorithmically believe we are NOT saying, because they have no access to non-verbal and other non-virtual clues. Profiling, in other lingo.
A few things we say could line us up in this week’s algorithm as “potential serial killer.”
That brought you up short, right? “Dude’s gone off the deep end this time.” Think I’m crazy? Think that’s over the top?
Did Google not just algorithmically condemn Metafilter, I and others as one of the prime examples of internet ‘evil incarnate’ - spam?
This is a warning, I believe, for those with eyes to see, ears to hear.
Metafilter, I and other sites found that by enabling algorithmic judgment, we’re also enabling an algorithmic guillotine. There are no special cases; live or die by the algorithm. The irony is - and you all need to pay special attention to this - we invited them into our sites. We gave them this power. We enabled this behavior. And only we can stop it.
I think what bothers me most about being algorithmically judged, is that there is none of the empathy that is present in a human interaction. No pity. And that, frankly, unnerves me. We’re talking to a Terminator, a Manhunter, a Decepticon, and don’t realize it. And there are virtually no methods to contest today’s algorithmic judgments. “There is no error in the program. I will obey my program. Wait for the next update.” Wait for the next update? When they’ve already virtually cut you off at the knees?
Algorithmic mercy, exemplified.
For those who know how much I love to weblog, you’ll know how terribly it hurts to say all this. As I said at the beginning of this piece, I would NEVER have even given it a moment’s thought two weeks ago.
Because algorithmic judgment is moving from websites to individuals, we need to insist on more control over what’s going on. We need to stop playing the carefree innocent and draw a line in the sand. Mark my words - there is going to come a day when we as individuals end up being harshly and unfairly judged, and have no method to contest the verdict. I repeat - we need special recourse when confronting a soulless algorithm.
Perhaps a bit of paranoia is a good thing. This is looking at what has happened in the past, what is happening today, and making a reasonable prediction of where things may go in the future in order to avoid the more negative outcomes.
A course correction is needed, IMHO. I’ve just experienced the ‘shot over the bow’, and I’m not ignoring it. Thanks for listening.
Business Insider: The planning process that goes into creating a single corporate tweet.
“… it can take a team of 13 social-media and advertising specialists up to 45 days to plan, create, approve, and publish a corporate social-media post.” Oy vey! Are you sure this isn’t from April 1? Via Euan Semple on FB.
SEOBook: The Side Effect Of Link Removal.
Good article. Just read it. Perhaps I’m caught in a losing battle. Twitter, increase your character allowance. I may be coming your way.
Later: Question. What would Google recommend for those of us who linkblog? What are their preferred practices? Or is there no room in the Google searchosphere for linkblogs?
tumblrboilerplate.com: The simple basis of any good tumblr theme.
A good starting point is all most need.
Mashable: Emma Thompson - Twitter, Facebook Will Kill a Generation.
“Asked if she would ever Google her own name, she’d prefer ‘putting my head in the toilet and flushing it repeatedly.’” That’s a not entirely insane opinion, really. It used to be that way. She’ll become assimilated, eventually.
Thunderdome Data releases code on Github.
“In the repos of our Github organization, you’ll find the code and data behind many of the projects we built in our short lifespan. These are charts and maps, graphs and quizzes, news applications and games that ran on the websites of Digital First Media’s 75 daily papers.”
My continuing Klout saga, a hit below the belt ...
The “Create” tab advises me to link ‘hidden gem’ David Archuleta’s blog, because “31% of your audience is interested in this”.
If that were true, I’d stop blogging today ...
Lifehacker: How to Show the “Most Recent” News Feed in the New Facebook App.
AdWeek: Trained Dancers Are Completely Appalled by This Ballet Ad for Free People Clothing.
Re/code: Upworthy’s Traffic Is Still Headed Down. Blame Us, Not Facebook, Says Upworthy.
I’m imagining panicked armies of little lawn-trolls shuffling verbs around in TITLE tags.
PsychCentral: The Anxiety of Facebook.
Social can be good; it can also have negative effects.