Interesting Links November 17th, 2018

  1. Mark Zuckerberg ‘I Didn’t Know’ : Gizmodo — I (I suspect many people also) just don’t believe him. From that point of view there is only two possibilities; either he’s stupid and isn’t capable of following what’s going on with a contract that has, at the very least, the power to influence Facebook’s image on the Internet (I don’t think so), or he’s flat out lying. I know which one I think it is.
  2. Here’s Why Tires Are Black : Jalopnik — Interesting article that explains, as the title states, the reason for black tyres, as rubber is not originally black. It goes deep and if you have the patience is rewarding.
  3. How Podcasts Became a Seductive—and Sometimes Slippery—Mode of Storytelling : The New Yorker — I haven’t had time to read all of it yet, but several of the people I follow have noted it as a great article. As someone who is thinking if getting a podcast started, it’s an good article. Many others exist, even more practice ones, like one on Sixcolors that gives you real-world setups, editing skills etc. (Recommended).
  4. Facebook fights dirty : — Such a busy week for Facebook news, I couldn’t leave this one out. It’s a long article, but worth it to help you form your own opinions.
  5. Report: Even Facebook Employees Are Bummed About Facebook : Gizmodo — The Wall Street Journal reports on Facebook employee’s morale … TLDR; it ain’t good for Facebook.
  6. Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis : NY Times — This was the one that set it all off. The bombshell. I simply broke the article down to, Spineless weasels do what spineless weasles do. Whether you feel facebook can do good or not (not), you can only look in awe at how the top tie of Facebook management is taking you for a ride and laughing in your face. What a bunch of maggots.
  7. So some people will pay for a subscription to a news site. How about two? Three? : Nieman Lab — If you’re into news and you follow a lot of sites, this article is interesting reading and could, if interpreted well, help businesses develop offers that are in tune to the public. I believe that subscriptions can work but effort is needed to align closely. The old newspaper model is dead, long live subscriptions !
  8. Microsoft Research Finds It’s Getting Riskier to Talk to Family and Friends Online : Winbuzzer — Online risks are there, its a fact of life now. What’s worrying is the trend in increase of harassment from friends and family. Worth a read.
  9. Welcome to the Age of the Hour-Long YouTube Video : Wired — 54% of video viewing on mobile is spent on videos of over 20 minutes ! Interesting article that again, could provide insights for those looking to tap in to specific markets.
  10. Don’t Want to Fall for Fake News? Don’t Be Lazy : Wired — I’ll be honest, I don’t like the title. It’s a bit too pious. But the essence of the problem is stated there, right at the top. People wishing to have their news spoon-fed to them, as its easier than researching and thinking, are more likely to believe so-called fake news. And there are lots of them doing this. Oh dear! 🤦‍♂️

17 November 2018

Photo by Mathieu Nicolet, Realistic Shots