January 9, 2014
The core difference between search and social
Interesting column from John Gapper in the FT today. Here he's talking about Jonah Peretti, founder of Buzzfeed:
His insight was that sharing works differently from search. Search is a way to discover information, whereas sharing is prompted by emotion. People read all kinds of material but they mostly share stories or videos that create positive reactions, such as laughter; or actively negative ones, such as anger.
Well worth a read - even registering to read - if only to get to the final line, with which I heartily concur.
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