Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #188

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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 (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) 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:

  • Debunking Princeton – Facebook. "A recent Princeton study claimed Facebook would lose eighty percent of its users in the next few years. Sure, we all know the kids love their Snapchat, but that seems dubious to me. Apparently, it also seemed dubious to the whip-smart data science team at Facebook, who took them to task with this brilliant rebuttal. Oh, and based on this analysis, we’re running out of air, too." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • What are the best travel hacks? – Quora. "I spent a lot of time on the road last year. My favorite travel hack is using the ironing board as a work desk you can adjust to your perfect height in a hotel room, so you don’t destroy your back in a marathon writing session. This Quora thread is packed with gems." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Last Alan Moore Interview? – Slovobooks. "Alan Moore, creator of Watchmen and a few other cult comic classics, gives a delightfully grouchy interview, which he seems to claim will be his last. In it, he pillories contemporary adults for raising kids’ entertainment from the last century (superheroes) to the center of our cultural life; attacks claims that his work is prevalent with misogynist scenes of rape and violence against women (‘prevalent’ compared to what?’ he asks, ‘Consensual sex? Non-sexual violence?’); and bridles at the idea that white men shouldn’t write characters of other races. A thoughtful and detailed piece on our art, politics, culture." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Sit Back, Relax, and Read That Long Story–on Your Phone – The Atlantic. "It’s no suprise to me (since the thing that sold me on ebooks was reading War And Peace on my iPhone), but certainly marketers and content producers should have a think about this little stat: one of Buzzfeed‘s most popular stories (Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500) is 6,000 words long. Average time spent on the article by tablet readers: 12 minutes. Phones? 25 minutes. Movies, television, books and long articles. Turns out phones are *built* for these things, no matter what David Lynch has to say about it." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Why Bitcoin Matters – The New York Times. "I get asked about Bitcoin and digital currency all of the time now. Bitcoin is sweeping pop culture like Facebook once did. I believe in the power of digital currency and the massive opportunity that lies ahead for it. Who cares? Who am I? Just some dude with a blog and an opinion. Let’s ask the experts what they think. Someone whose opinion I hold in the highest of regards would be Marc Andreessen. So, here’s what he thinks about it…" (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Jerry Seinfeld on how to be funny without sex and swearing – The Guardian. "I don’t care what you do for a living, if you’re not spending your time truly honing your craft, skills and talent, they are being wasted. Someone who takes this job to a whole other level of dedication and care is Jerry Seinfeld. He’s no longer a spring chicken, but this doesn’t stop him from always having a spring in his step. This is a fabulous read that should motivate you to keep at it. Whatever your ‘it’ is." (Mitch for Hugh).

Now it’s your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.


  1. Interesting to see the Facebook “Debunking Facebook” post make it on this esteemed list.
    Here’s an article from David Amerland that debunks the “debunk”.
    The Life Expectancy of a Social Network
    David is a G+ pal who wrote the book, Google Semantic Search – which, if you haven’t read, I think you’d find interesting.
    He’s my guest on my Tuesday Lunch Show next week.
    Have a great week.

  2. I really liked that article on the long reads on our phone. Makes a lot of sense. I argue with a lot of people about how long a blog should be, I like short but there’s always an exception to the rule.
    Puts it into perspective that there isn’t really a “true” length you should be blogging. It’s really up to your audience.
    Love these links worthy of my attention, keep em coming!

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