Jeremy talks about is manly Pinterest boards.
Apparently, everyone is pinning these days and Pinterest now the world’s third largest social network. I assume MySpace is still No. 1.
We also discuss online news orgs winning Pulitzer prizes. The times they are a changing.
We also rant again about net neutrality, and we discuss how young people are driving less today because of technology.
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Facebook’s list of top 40 most shared articles in 2011 contains stories from only six news organizations.
A few things that stand out to me:
- Hard news is not very popular. Opinion pieces are. The one major exception was the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
- Yahoo! is struggling but Yahoo! News is a major destination for news and its stories — largely not hard hitting stories — are popular on social media sites.
- The top five most shared stories — except the top one about the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan — are all largely fluff pieces. Gems such as “Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps.” CNN in particular is really good at these link-bait stories.
- The Wall Street Journal has only one story in the top 40. This is no doubt largely due to the paywall that the Journal has set up. The NYT’s 20 story meter on the other hand clearly encourages more sharing. Any pay wall that doesn’t even allow people to taste your journalism is probably doomed in this social era. How will people even discover if they want to pay for the Journal? The NYT at least encourages people to try before they buy and its meter is built to work well with social media.
- The Washington Post is low on the list. Will the new social reader app change this? I’d really like to see next year’s data.
- Steve Jobs, his life and his death were popular on social media sites.
The whole AOL/HuffPo/TechCrunch has reached Defcon Something-Really-Bad:
TechCrunch is on the precipice. As soon as tomorrow, Mike may be thrown out of the company he founded. Or he may not. No one knows. And if he is, he will be replaced by — well, again, no one knows. No one knows much of anything. Certainly no one at TechCrunch. This site is about to change forever and we’re in the total fucking dark. I’ve been able to piece together little bits of information here and there, and it’s not looking good. Hence, this post.
By now, if you read TechCrunch, you likely know about the nuclear situation that has exploded over the past several days. Mike unveiled an investing entity known as the “CrunchFund” with full AOL support — so much support, mind you, that they’re the largest backers of the fund — only to have his legs kicked out from under him due to what can only be described as nonsensical political infighting and really poor communication. To make matters worse, some Journalists (with a big “J” and even bigger senses of entitlement) have proceeded to pile on, despite having no real knowledge — at all — of the way TechCrunch actually works. And now here we are.
TechCrunch needs to be made into a reality TV show.