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A trade journal of a still-emerging field, written by Adam Tinworth.

Yahoo is stopping investing in Flickr

Sad time for those of us that still use and enjoy Flickr:

While products such as Yahoo Games will soon be shut down, Yahoo says that it will be reducing its investment in non-essential properties such as Flickr. Flickr will stay alive, but Yahoo will be reducing Flickr’s resources and attempt to run the photo service in a way that requires minimal overhead.)

Essentially, the best we can hope for is that Yahoo sells Flickr to someone who will care about it – or that Yahoo itself is sold and that the new owners give a damn. Time to pay more attention to 500px again, I think.

Is Twitter use in freefall?

One developer has used the API to find Tweet volumes:

Tweets per day reached a peak in August 2014 of 661 million, our source says. That 30-day sampling period included the World Cup final. In January 2016, there were only 303 million tweets per day, on average, during the 30-day period.

Twitter (perhaps not surprisingly) says the figures aren’t accurate, but has not clarified any further.

A blog is a bet on the long-term value of your content

Luca Sartoni on why he still blogs:

Social Networking Sites come and go. In ten years from now, Facebook will be different from what we are used now, it’s inevitable. Most likely, all the content we are publishing there it will be accessible in ways we cannot imagine now, but there is a chance it won’t be that easy to extract the whole value we are creating within the walled garden.

Now, admittedly Luca works for Automattic, which is the dominant player in the WordPress world. But his point remains valid: use social platforms for short-term gain, but always have an eye to the future and that means your own platform.

When I started in the social media game, the editors I worked with wanted to do things in MySpace and Second Life…

This is an astonishing failure of editorial oversight:

An investigation into Thompson’s reporting turned up three instances in which quotes were attributed to people who said they had not been interviewed. In other instances, quotes were attributed to individuals we could not reach, who could not remember speaking with him, or whose identities could not be confirmed. In his reporting Thompson also used quotes that we cannot verify from unnamed people whom he claimed to have encountered at public events. Thompson went to great lengths to deceive his editors, creating an email account to impersonate a source and lying about his reporting methods.

Journalistic fraud happens. As does plagiarism.

But the worrying thing about this story is the failure of oversight and fact-checking. Some of the quotes really should have roused editorial suspicion:

Commonplace Reading on the iPhone

Would you like a selection of great online journalism to read at your leisure over the weekend? Well, that’s exactly what I’m now offering you via Commonplace Reading, a new weekly newsletter I’m pushing out every Saturday morning.

It’s a little more eclectic than the material I share here on One Man & His Blog. This is highly focused on the intersection of media, tech and journalism. Commonplace Reading will be anything interesting that caught my attention over the week. It’s curated to be an indulgent, long-form reading experience, when you have time to sit back and enjoy on your phone or tablet.

Like the sound of it?

Issue 1 is available to browse online, and if you like what you see – please subscribe.