There is no argument more fun on the Internet than a grammar argument. People dig in their heels, refuse to budge, and in the end none of it matters. As if to compound the meaninglessness, most professional writers, at any given moment, are one clie…
…s such as Google and Facebook do have guidelines on what data they will or will not target against. But a newsroom’s take on what constitutes sensitive data might not align with a platform’s policies. Even with such a policy in place, the online data collection ecosystem is extremely opaque and would be almost impossible for a newsroom to audit with certainty.
Almost every metric is noisy. Active users being down 3% from yesterday could be the start of a longer trend, but it’s much more likely that it’s just noise in the data. When you see that 3% decrease on a real-time dashboard, however, the panic starts to set in: what did we do wrong? Anything you were thinking about gets thrown out the window, because now you’re reacting to something that looks urgent, but really isn’t important.
Writing is thinking. It’s a rigorous discipline, an art. It’s how one person distills and packages an idea, channels quicksilver emotions, visions, experiences, questions, convictions, and hopes, and smuggles them past someone else’s face into their heart and mind.
It’s a little inexcusable that Facebook, a company with a market cap of $260 BILLION, launched their video platform with no system to protect independent rights holders. It wouldn’t be surprising if Facebook was working on a solution now which they can roll out conveniently after having made their initial claims at being the biggest, most important thing in video.
A betaworks partner, I’ve been running Digg as CEO since early 2013. From the initial rapid-fire relaunch, we’ve grown the user base exponentially, launched Digg Reader, Digg Deeper, Digg Video, Digg TV, Digg on iOS and Android, Digg Originals, Digg’s Canvas CMS, Digg native ads, the Digg Store, the Daily Digg and email products, various mobile web UIs, and most, recently, Dialogs.