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The Network Effects Manual: 13 Different Network Effects (and counting)

<i>by James Currier, NFX</i><p>PayPal. Microsoft. Facebook. Uber. Twitter. Salesforce. These are some of the most impactful and significant companies in the …

Can social Stories work for news organizations — without putting them on a platform?

On platforms like Snapchat and Instagram, Stories are cute — they’re perfectly designed for your phone’s screen, they can feel more narrative than disconnected posts, you can be pithy while still including more information than a regular post, and you can communicate more directly with your …

"I'm just a dumb pipe": Two strategy lessons from the PirateBay saga

Years ago, when I was a Research Fellow in MIT, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) sued MIT asking to identify the student who used …

Dear @Jack: It’s Time To Suspend Donald Trump From Twitter

Dear Jack,<p>We’ve believed in your vision of Twitter for years. Laura joined Twitter as an employee in 2009, and Ellen tried to invest in the company …

New York City launches $5-million fund for women in film and theater, a first in the U.S.

New York City has created a $5-million fund for women working in the fields of film and theater, becoming the first municipality in the U.S. to finance such an initiative.<p>The fund, announced Thursday by the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, will provide grants to support film and theater …

Confessions of a former viral publishing exec on the dark arts of follower bots

Publishing is still in the viral era, where content is made with sharing firmly in mind. In our latest confessions piece, where we grant anonymity in …

Inside Twitter, employees reckon with Trump

Banning POTUS is unlikely, Twitter employees say — ‘It would take something really deplorable for a ban, and I highly doubt even Trump is that stupid’<p>Inside Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco, the run-up to the US presidential election played out much as it did elsewhere. Most employees went …

No, AP, You Don’t Need to “Fact-Check” Whether Meryl Streep Is Overrated

The Associated Press picked an unfortunate time to make a mockery of its own fact-checking standards.<p>Will Oremus is <b>Slate</b>’s senior technology writer. …

Fact Checking

A New Model for Medium

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Evan Williams

BuzzFeed wins the internet daily. Here’s what its boss thinks is next.

“As we continue to learn from the internet, I want to pause to look back at what the internet has taught us so far.”<p><i>A version of this annual memo was originally distributed to employees at BuzzFeed.</i><p>Hello BuzzFeeders,<p>I’m writing my annual year-end memo to share thoughts on the huge shifts that are …

Social Media

How the Economics of Journalism Explains 2016's Information Bubbles

Jay Hamilton, a Stanford professor who studies media business models, sees similarities between some of today's outlets and the partisan press of the 1850s.<p>Despite frequent criticism from the president-elect and despite drawing historically low levels of trust from the public, the media—or at least …

I Voted for Hillary. And Now I’m Going to Write for Breitbart.

We can’t ignore the voices that put Trump in the White House. But maybe we can persuade them.<p>The 2016 election was a turning point for me as a writer. Like many of my fellow journalists, I felt that Donald Trump’s campaign was such a threat to the civic order that I set aside the norms of …

Exclusive: Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei Reveal Their Plan for Media Domination

For starters, their new company will be called Axios, which means worthy in Greek. And Allen will return with a newsletter that “cuts across our topic areas.”<p>The much-anticipated new media venture from Politico co-founder and former C.E.O. <b>Jim VandeHei</b> and <b>Mike Allen</b>, the founding father of its …

Maneuvering a new reality for US journalism

<b>Dear friends in American journalism,</b><p>Ordinarily, it is you who offer the rest of the world advice about press freedom, and the accountability …

This Is How Facebook Is Radicalizing You

"Facebook doesn’t want to challenge you, they don’t want to upset you, because they know that if you’re challenged on their platform, you wouldn’t want to use it as much."<p>On December 17, 2013, Facebook announced that videos on your News Feed would start autoplaying. They would mute on default and, …

“Facebook is for engagement, not truth.”

5. Since people use Facebook not to be informed but to belong or be connected or to get attention or to be entertained, any information on Facebook …

Fake News

Reality check: I blame the media. – Data & Society

For months I have been concerned about how what I was seeing on the ground and in various networks was not at all aligned with what pundits were …

Mark Zuckerberg is in denial about how Facebook is harming our politics

Over the last generation, there’s been a big shift in the way people find news stories. We used to get our news from the morning newspaper and the nightly news. Now more and more of us pull out our smartphones and look at our Facebook feeds.<p>The result has been a disaster for the public’s …

The Digital Transition: How the Presidential Transition Works in the Social Media Age

President Obama is the first “social media president”: the first to have @POTUS on Twitter, the first to go live on Facebook from the Oval Office, the first to answer questions from citizens on YouTube, the first to use a filter on Snapchat. Over the past eight years, the President, Vice President, …

The State of Digital Media, in 5 Charts

‘Tis the season of reports in the digital content industry. With Mary Meeker’s “2016 Internet Trends” report, PageFair’s annual ad-blocking report, …

Twitter Can No Longer Ignore Its Abuse Problem. Here’s How to Solve It.

Twitter is in crisis, and vultures are circling. Circling but not biting: Of the four companies named as potential buyers in recent weeks—Disney, …

Why You'll Be Deleting Your Twitter Account in the Next 6 Months

Stick a fork in the service, it stopped being viable a long time ago.<p>What does it mean when a major tech company starts slipping like a seal on wet rocks? Rumors about an acquisition start to rumble then quiet down, the CEO seems beleaguered and frustrated, there's more news about Internet trolls …

The newspaper industry’s colossal mistake was a defensive digital strategy

The worst part about bad “newspapers made this huge mistake” stories is they spend the next week clogging my FB feed. Ugh.— Chris Krewson (@ckrewson) …

Sticking With Print Would Not Have Helped Newspapers Avoid Death

What if newspapers hadn’t rushed headlong into digital by spending billions to create free websites, but instead had focused on strengthening their …

Here's my plan to save Twitter: let's buy it | Nathan Schneider

Corporate sharks are circling around the platform we love. But there is another way: shared ownership, where the community takes control<p>If you ask Wall Street, Twitter is in trouble. The user-base is growing, but not quickly enough. Ad revenue is growing too, but not as quickly as it once did. The …