Been a while since I’ve done one of these. A surprising amount of reading getting done in my life despite a hectic schedule. In addition to the articles below, I recently finished Shirky’s Cognitive Surplus (solid read) and am almost done Kevin Kelly’s What Technology Wants, which, is blowing my mind. More on both soon, I hope.
Why Blogs (Still) Aren’t Dead…No Matter What You’ve Heard by Kimberly Turner
I got to this via Mathew Ingram of GigaOM. A few months ago there was some talk about the decline of blogs. You could almost hear the newspaper people rubbing their hands with glee. Turns out it was all bogus. This article outlines some great stats on the issue and lays out where things are at, and why the rumor got started. The sooner than everyone, from the newspaper writer, to the professional blogger, to the amateur blogger to the everyday twitterer accepts/realizes they are on the same continuum and actually support one another, the happier I suspect we’re all going to be.
The Inside Story of How Facebook Responded to Tunisian Hacks by Alexis Madrigal
Totally fascinating and fairly self-explanatory:
By January 5, it was clear that an entire country’s worth of passwords were in the process of being stolen right in the midst of the greatest political upheaval in two decades. Sullivan and his team decided they needed a country-level solution — and fast…
…At Facebook, Sullivan’s team decided to take an apolitical approach to the problem. This was simply a hack that required a technical response. “At its core, from our standpoint, it’s a security issue around passwords and making sure that we protect the integrity of passwords and accounts,” he said. “It was very much a black and white security issue and less of a political issue.”
That’s pretty much the stand I’d like a software service to take.
Work on Stuff that Matters: First Principles by Tim O’Reilly
Basically, some good touch stones for work, and life, from someone I’ve got a ton of respect for.
Love and Hate on Twitter by Jeff Clark
Awesome visualizations of the use of the words love and hate on twitter. It is amazing that Justin Bieber always turns up high. More interesting are how brands and politicians get ranked.
The Neoformix blog is just fantastic. For hockey fans, be sure to check out this post.
I think the media needs to find its middle ground, it keeps supporting the PC party’s ideals and the view of corporate America/Canada. We need change.