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Blogging is most certainly not dead
"A few weeks ago, I asked the readers of the Noticing newsletter to send in links to their blogs and newsletters (or to their favorite blogs and newsletters written by others). And boy, did they! I pared the submissions list down to a representative sample and sent it out as last week’s newsletter. Here’s a smaller excerpt of that list…you can find the whole thing here.

Several people wrote in about Swiss Miss, Subtraction, Damn Interesting, Cup of Jo, sites I also read regularly.

Ted pointed me towards Julia Evans’ blog, where she writes mostly (but not exclusively) about programming and technology. One of my favorite things about reading blogs is when their authors go off-topic. (Which might explain why everything on kottke.org is off-topic. Or is everything on-topic?)

Bruce sent in Follow Me Here, which linked to 3 Quarks Daily, a high-quality blog I’d lost track of.

Marcelo Rinesi blogs infrequently about a little bit of everything. “We write to figure out who we are and what we think.”

Futility Closet is “a collection of entertaining curiosities in history, literature, language, art, philosophy, and mathematics, designed to help you waste time as enjoyably as possible”. (Thx, Peter)

Michael Tsai blogs about technology in a very old school way…reading through it felt like a wearing a comfortable old t-shirt.

Sidebar: the five best design links, every day. And Nico Lumma’s Five Things, “five things everyday that I find interesting”.

Pamela wrote in with dozens of links, among them visual blog But Does It Float, neuroscience blog Mind Hacks, the old school Everlasting Blort.

Elsa recommends Accidentally in Code, written by engineer Cate Huston.

Madeleine writes Extraordinary Routines, “sharing interviews, musings and life experiments that explore the intersection between creativity and imperfection”.

Kari has kept her blog for the last 15 years. I love what she wrote about why she writes:
I also keep it out of spite, because I refuse to let social media take everything. Those shapeless, formless platforms haven’t earned it and don’t deserve it. I’ve blogged about this many times, but I still believe it: When I log into Facebook, I see Facebook. When I visit your blog, I see you.

Social media is as compelling as ever, but people are increasingly souring on the surveillance state Skinner boxes like Facebook and Twitter. Decentralized media like blogs and newsletters are looking better and better these days…"

[See also:
Noticing Newsletter's "Blogging Is Most Certainly Not Dead" edition:
https://mailchi.mp/kottke/blogging-is-not-dead-edition-2575912502?e=9915150aa0

Noticing Newsletter's "The Best Kottke Posts of 2018 B-Sides" edition
https://mailchi.mp/kottke/noticing-the-best-kottke-posts-of-2018-b-sides-edition-12212018?e=9915150aa0 ]
blogs  blogging  jasonkottke  kottke  2018  writing  web  web2.0  internet  online  rss 
2 days ago by robertogreco
Filestash: self-hosted client for your data
A web app to access, manage and share the data on your rock solid FTP/SFTP/WebDAV server.
web2.0  storage 
21 days ago by egoexpress
Why The Athletic has a paywall – The Athletic
Since launching The Athletic NHL and The Athletic Toronto more than a year ago, I’ve consistently received two different reactions to what The Athletic has started in 15+ markets across North America.
The first response has been very positive. Most people get it, like it and are on-board, with supportive comments, suggestions for great writers to add to our team, and ideas on how we can improve.
We love those people.
The second group?
They usually have a different take, something along the lines of “Paywall? I will NEVER pay for sports content!”
Which is understandable. We’re still relatively new, and a pay-to-read model is still a nascent concept – especially for sports. As I learned writing about analytics on the Maple Leafs beat circa 2012-13, anything new is probably controversial.
So I think it’s worth explaining why we are the way we are.
sports  web2.0  subscription  startup 
25 days ago by rgl7194
I'm enjoying The Athletic, but it's got lots of room to evolve - Six Colors
Last fall I subscribed to The Athletic, in my continuing attempts to pay for journalism I want to read. The Athletic is a sports-journalism startup that’s building out coverage in numerous markets across North America, and has hired an awful lot of excellent writers—including numerous people who were previously employed at local newspapers that are hemorrhaging staff.
(Yes, in this New York Times profile the co-founder of The Athletic said he will let newspaper “continuously bleed” as they “suck them dry of their best talent.” He apologized later. The truth is, The Athletic isn’t killing newspapers—it’s pulling survivors out of the wreckage.)
sports  web2.0  subscription  startup 
25 days ago by rgl7194
Online Form Builder with Cloud Storage Database | Wufoo
Wufoo's HTML form builder helps you create online web forms. Use our web form creator to power your contact forms, online surveys, and event registrations. Sign up free!
forms  form  services  online  web  survey  tools  software  web2.0  webdesign 
4 weeks ago by redrover
Dual scale tape measures/Gmail tips/Papier | Cool Tools
Quickly access delete account pages
I began the year with a purging of accounts I no longer use like Facebook, Snapchat and LinkedIn. This Consumer Reports article has direct links to Delete Account pages for the major platforms. It spared me the hassle of  navigating through settings in search of a delete button. — CD
cool_tools  subscription  web2.0 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Rise and Demise of RSS
> Unfortunately, syndication on the modern web still only happens through one of a very small number of channels, meaning that none of us “retain control over our online personae” the way that Werbach imagined we would. One reason this happened is garden-variety corporate rapaciousness—RSS, an open format, didn’t give technology companies the control over data and eyeballs that they needed to sell ads, so they did not support it. But the more mundane reason is that centralized silos are just easier to design than common standards. Consensus is difficult to achieve and it takes time, but without consensus spurned developers will go off and create competing standards. The lesson here may be that if we want to see a better, more open web, we have to get better at working together.

Kind of an overly complex conclusion. I'd say RSS died out because companies make a lot more money by keeping in their platform. There's no way Facebook would bank so much if they were distributed (via RSS) versus centralized. By cutting off good API access, Twitter has been making this same move. There may be money in distributed content, for sure, but not as much as the golden handcuffs of Facebook's model.

Profits killed RSS, plain and simple.
RSS  history  Web2.0 
5 weeks ago by cote
Wix vs Weebly vs Squarespace - the Ultimate Comparison (Jan 19)
Even if you don’t know the first thing about building websites, you’ve probably still heard of the big three: Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace.
These website builders have successfully gone about dominating the market, popping up on your TV screen, your social media feeds, and in YouTube adverts. Each one has tons of great features to offer, and has earned its place in the website builder hall of fame.
But with praise pouring in from all sides for each one, how are you meant to choose? It can be hard to know which features really matter, and which builder is actually best for you.
That’s where we come in.
Our aim is to use our carefully conducted research to make your life easier. We’ve tried, tested, and analyzed each builder in areas such as ease of use, value for money, and design flexibility, so we can give you the best possible results.
We use this information to give you detailed, honest answers about which builder is best for you. This article will help you decide whether you should use Wix, Weebly, or Squarespace to create your website.
web-dev  web-design  web2.0  comparo 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
What’s next for 2019? Influencer marketing trends
> Technology is not favoured on Instagram, accounting for just one percent of posts. A quarter of all sponsored posts cover fashion, followed by food (12 percent) and entertainment (11 percent).
surveys  marketsizing  instagram  advertising  web2.0  charts 
8 weeks ago by cote
Meanwhile, does tumblr just burn cash?
> The reality is that Tumblr is almost certainly a big money loser: the app was earning about $13 million in revenue on expenses of about $25 million when Yahoo acquired the blogging platform/social network in 2013, and while that is not necessarily reflective of how much the service might generate today (although it probably is — more on this in a moment), it is not hard to imagine that the risks outweighed the rewards for Verizon.
tumblr  pornography  web2.0  paywall  verizon  numbers  revenue 
9 weeks ago by cote
Exclusive poll: America sours on social media giants
> About 40% of Americans still feel that social media is a net positive for society. Overall, 65% of people say smartphones have made their quality of life better.

And people are concerned about misinformation in THE SOCIAL.
techethics  web2.0  mobile  surveys  marketsizing  politics 
november 2018 by cote

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