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John Herrman / The Awl:
As news sites see traffic decline, Facebook tests new standalone mobile news app Notify, expected to launch later this month   —  Notes from the Platform's Edge  —  1. In recent weeks I've gotten a handful of notes from people letting me know that something or other is up with websites they work at or run.
Oct 14, 2015, 11:55 PMIn context
Casey Johnston / The Awl:
How ad blocking could accelerate the shift to native advertising and publishing directly to social networks and platforms   —  Welcome to the Block Party  —  In a 1997 segment on the short-lived tech TV show The Site, host Soledad O'Brien sits at a bar in front of a laptop computer …
Sep 15, 2015, 9:00 AMIn context
John Herrman / The Awl:
19 early observations on Facebook's Instant Articles   —  Notes on the Surrender at Menlo Park  —  1. The manner in which Instant Articles are seen within Facebook's News Feed is nearly as important as they way they're hosted.  Yes, they load faster.  But the way they are previewed in the feed …
May 14, 2015, 1:30 AMIn context
John Herrman / The Awl:
For distribution, media companies turn to apps and services, whose ad-driven, mediated businesses mirror broadcast TV   —  The Next Internet Is TV  —  I was talking to someone who works on one of those half-dozen or so apps that we tend to associate with teenagers: the ones that were built around …
Feb 8, 2015, 1:55 AMIn context
John Herrman / The Awl:
Facebook's latest post on video growth shows intent to demote publishers to producers, with uncertain benefits   —  Territory Annexed  —  Here is an update from Facebook about what “the shift to video”—that is, the sudden prevalence of auto-playing clips posted directly to the site—means to “creators.”
Jan 8, 2015, 6:05 PMIn context
John Herrman / The Awl:
Doctors share and discuss anonymous photos of patients with Instagram-like app Figure 1   —  The Uncanny Language of Medical Instagram  —  A few months ago I came across an old story about an app called Figure 1.  It was billed as “Medicine's Answer to Instagram,” and had apparently just raised a couple million dollars.
Oct 20, 2014, 5:50 AMIn context
Brendan O'Connor / The Awl:
The Golden Era Of Spam Comments Has Ended   —  The search engine optimization community has spent the last two years in a panic.  SEO people flood our Internet with spam links and fake Twitter bots and paid traffic, to help bad websites look more popular than they are, to deliver fake viewers to web ads.
Dec 14, 2013, 7:35 PMIn context
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
Twitter Verification?  No Thanks   —  A few months back, Mike Hayes, who's a senior reporter at BuzzFeed and who also runs the official BuzzFeed Twitter account, sent around an email to the office.  Twitter, he reported, was going to be verifying the whole staff at once.
May 9, 2013, 7:35 PMIn context
Clay Shirky / The Awl:
Your Massively Open Offline College Is Broken   —  I wrote a thing last fall about massive open online courses (MOOCs, in the parlance), and the challenge that free or cheap online classes pose to business as usual in higher ed. In that piece, I compared the people running colleges today …
Feb 9, 2013, 12:30 AMIn context
Ken Layne / The Awl:
Is San Francisco The Brooklyn To Silicon Valley's Unbuilt Manhattan?   —  Like many people who moved to San Francisco in the early 1990s, I did it because San Francisco was cheap.  It didn't have the lowest rents—in the California of three recessions ago, a Silver Lake bungalow or blocks …
Jan 10, 2013, 1:55 AMIn context

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