Just as the World’s Biggest Bookstore is the chokepoint for book distribution today, so the world’s biggest social network has become the chokepoint for news distribution.
Everyone is describing the $4 million initiative as an effort to “fix comments” — but it actually looks a lot more interesting and ambitious.
Twitter trolls impersonate caricatures of feminists; targeted ads evoke the Freudian uncanny; the president yearns to go incognito; and other links for the week.
Borrowing a page from Spalding Gray, I’m kicking off a series of posts in which I interview readers, or rather “the people formerly known as the audience.”
The Mountain Goats played a tiny club in SF last weekend, delivering not only memorable shows but also a lesson in staying connected with the crowd.
On Twitter, who’s bot and who’s not? Who’s a person and who’s a company? Where will Facebook’s tracking end? Why are secret identities hot? Who is working on decentralization? And more.
Jefferson Pooley’s essay “The Consuming Self” provides some key concepts for unlocking the paradoxes of “calculated authenticity” on Facebook and everywhere online.
Whisper and Secret promise short-cuts to authentic self-expression online, unencumbered by your signature. But genuine intimacy doesn’t come so easy.
“The social web was a proof of concept.” “The brain is doing what it’s always done.” “What percentage of people who click BuzzFeed’s ad posts remember who the advertiser was?” Plus: “Passion is No Ordinary Word.”
The botnet did it! It’s all a socialist plot! It was the naps! And other ideas why AOL’s flagship news site abandoned its own carefully nurtured base.