Why your site homepage is a different beast from your newspaper front page
Some useful hints for making the most of Instagram as publisher.
Another newspaper starts applying machine learning to its comments.
A handy new way for journalisms to find public Snapchat stories.
Facebook has killed the lifeline that supports many Macedonian fake news sites.
Can a computer patrol comments for trolls? It looks like it…
With the death of the last site doing serious analysis of the digital media landscape, who is doing serious business analysis now?
Some format experimentation and focus has allowed Vogue to grow its Instagram presence.
Are persistent social sharing buttons and bars making sites less readable?
Really long-term readers of this blog might remember Delicious (or, as I still instinctively type it, del.icio.us – surely one of the best domain names ever), the social bookmarking site. It was, in essence, a semi-public web-based version of the browser bookmarking that you probably don’t use.
Delicious was one of the big Web 2.0 sites that was bought by Yahoo — and slowly ruined. It was sold to competitor Pinboard for $35,000, rather less than the $15m to $30m Yahoo paid for it…
There’s an interesting insight from an interview with Pinboard’s creator:
In 2011, after Delicious’ value had plummeted, Yahoo sold the site to YouTube property AVOS, which redesigned it again, rendering it unusable for one of its largest established user bases — fan-fic writers. Slash fic, or fan fiction about romantic relationships between popular characters, is traditionally denoted with the / mark it takes its name from. E.g. Steve Rogers / Bucky Barnes, or Hermione Granger / Harry Potter. The AVOS redesign made it impossible to tag or search for anything with a / in it. A single symbol turned into a huge opportunity for Delicious’ growing rival, Pinboard.
Amazing how easy it is to destroy something – if you don’t understand what you have in the first place.
As an aside – he makes a side-swipe at Pocket, which is what I’ve largly replaced Delicious with, and it’s worrisome:
I feel like I won the war so thoroughly that I don’t really know what to do next. I would love to take down Pocket and I would love to take down Diigo. Pocket is losing a lot of money, and Diigo is kind of a strange, weird longterm competitor.
Pocket was acquired by Mozilla – lets hope they can keep it up.