Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?
My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, Interesting Bits, HBS, chair of Strata, Startupfest, FWD50, and Scaletechconf; author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire (Rebus Foundation, PressBooks, LibriVox) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see.”
Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another:
- Social media study finds words that reveal end of romantic relationship – The Times. “I’d like to preface this with the fact that I am in a good, healthy relationship, in case my partner reads this. Researchers looked at 7,000 people who’d announced a breakup on Reddit, and then analyzed their use of language in the months leading up to the breakup. They found a number of changes that suggest we can predict emotional states through the use of certain articles and words. Setting aside the inherent survivorship bias here—what about the people who started using words this way, then didn’t split? It’s a fascinating example of how much metadata can be extracted from online posts. Should we intervene if we think someone might be suicidal? Should we surveil someone who’s becoming radicalized? Ah, the semantics of thoughtcrime.” (Alistair for Hugh).
- According To Super Bowl Ads, Americans Love America, Animals And Sex – FiveThirtyEight. “I only watch the Super Bowl for the ads. And, since less than a third of America watches this, perhaps it should be titled, ‘Advertisers think Football fans love America, animals, and sex.’ But this is still quite the roundup of Superbowl ads over the years, with some analytics sprinkled atop it.” (Alistair for Mitch).
- The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald – LibriVox. “I re-read The Great Gatsby last year, and it’s really a great book. Even better, as of January 1st, 2022, it’s in the Public Domain (out of copyright). Kayray, one of LibriVox’s original volunteers, reads a free and fabulous version here.” (Hugh for Alistair).
- Chorégraphie d’Excavatrices! – Bertrand Ostiguy Inc. – YouTube. “Excavator choreography to the music of Metallica.” (Hugh for Mitch).
- How to think about Clubhouse audio strategy – Pacific Content. “It’s been quite the week in social media. Have you been watching the rise of Clubhouse (now a unicorn of valuations)? So, what is Clubhouse? How does it fit into the work of social media (and beyond)? I’ve been tinkering away in there (follow me: mitchjoel). And, with everything that is fascinating about, it’s equally frustrating. The great: start a room (a clubhouse) and it’s live talk radio with live guests This can lead to some great conversations and debates. The bad? Humans can be terrible. Talking is hard. I think people underestimate what it takes to be a good moderator, and what it takes to be compelling. Lots of blah blah blah, if you know what I mean? Still, it’s early days. The competition is heating up (Twitter is rolling out Spaces, Discord, and there are others). Still, it’s a mad dash these days for all things Clubhouse.” (Mitch for Alistair).
- How to enjoy coffee – Psyche. “I’m late to the coffee party (it’s been years that it’s been a daily ritual, but not forever). Especially these days… it’s a welcome/much-needed break. I look forward to my first cup in the morning, and it really does give me just a little bit extra when it comes to my energy and focus. So, it’s time to explore coffee a little bit deeper. There’s Lots to learn, and this is a good primer. If you’re looking for a well-deserved break in the day, I highly recommend a hot cup of java… and reading this article.” (Mitch for Hugh).
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