Watch Where You Write
‘…writers are turning to third party platforms to host their works instead of maintaining their own blogs. They’re finding readers at places like Medium, Svbtle, Twitter, and Facebook.
‘The platforms mentioned above have built remarkable communities, but they are also double-edged swords. On one hand they can bring a massive audience to an unknown writer, and they’re also much easier to maintain from a technical perspective. On the flip side, whoever is packaging your material for you can flip a switch at any time and change the context of your creative output and how your readers access it.
‘If a platform disappears tomorrow, or does something that you don’t like, you and your fans aren’t easy to migrate away. It’s not your platform, you’re just using it. This happened to me on Posterous…’
A tip: Google and most blogging platforms gripes at posts that are less than 300 words. What do I do when I have a piece like that? I post it to Medium. At least for now.
Can a social website make you happy?
‘“There’s conflicting work on the effects of social networking sites on happiness. While some studies do show a positive effect, many show the opposite to be the case.”
‘Happify also hasn’t undergone the kind of rigorous testing needed to support its prominently displayed claim that “86% of members get happier in two months.” Acacia Parks, a positive psychology researcher and one of the company’s advisers, allowed me to review an internal document evaluating early data about Happify, and its findings were much more cautious. According to the document, users reported growing happier over time, but it’s difficult to know what constitutes a “clinically significant” increase in Happify’s happiness scale, which the company says is adapted from established questionnaires used in clinical psychology. The evaluation included no control group, so it’s difficult to interpret the results…’
Techies who dumped Gmail and why
‘…What was interesting about this debate, however, is that so many people clearly believe that the unprecedented revelations about privacy this year – the NSA’s systematic spying through PRISM, the global culture of snooping and the unspoken mass exchange of our personal information – have tipped the balance enough that Gmail should no longer be used with impunity.
‘With so many people willing to support the argument that we should abandon a platform that has become so useful to so many people, it is clear that concerns over our true privacy online are starting to outweigh the benefits of selling our digital souls to Google…’
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