"compared to things like the power loom and the internal-combustion engine, recent technological marvels, such as the iPhone and the iPad, aren’t really so marvellous. Ten or fifteen years ago, there were hopes that new technology would lead to big productivity improvements in service industries such as health care, where doctors would be able to share patient information and carry out remote diagnoses, and banking, where people could manage their own payments online. But these hopes haven’t been fulfilled."
"Does an attached payment evoke a positive (thoughtful, appreciative, attentive, etc.) or negative (slimy, spammy, cheap) sentiment in the recipient on average? Is it possible to call attention to enclosed money in a cold email without sounding like a Nigerian prince? How does the average price selected by the sender and the average “suggested” price by recipients differ? What is the baseline acceptance rate? Is there a price tipping point that drastically increases acceptance rate? What are the types of people who receive the most bribes? I think the most useful scenario for a pay to send situation is when potential relevance to recipient is high and chance of attention is low (due to overall inbox noise)."
Pinterest’s most-followed users (averaging 800,000 followers apiece) prefer to pin from tablets. 58% surveyed by HelloSociety said they did the majority of pinning from a tablet, followed by mobile (30%), and then a desktop/notebook (12%). OK so what does that mean for ecommerce companies, media companies and anyone else who wants to spread content to the site’s 30 million monthly visitors?
In short, make sure your tablet site doesn’t suck.
The problem is that we have setup an implicit class system. Those that can afford to work for free readily accept unpaid internships that advance their future career because they have the financial backing to pursue such opportunities. Those that cannot work for free (and most likely accruing significant college loan debt) take whatever job pays. As the number of high quality and relevant paid internships is few, the result is they work in jobs that do little to advance their prospects. It is a two-tier system that locks people into tracks not of their own making and chipping away at our meritocracy.
Even worse is the fact that we are creating an implicit expectation that working for free is okay and an acceptable business practice. We couch this in talking about the valuable “experience” gained and that this is some “rite of passage”. Interns should feel “privileged” for the opportunity to work for these great companies for nothing. The undercurrent however is that we are essentially devaluing people, their talent, and their work. We are devaluing individuals over institutions.
PAY YOUR INTERNS. And your employees. “We’re a startup and can’t afford to pay contributors” means you either don’t have a sustainable business model, or you’re wrong and border and evil. Or both.
Pay Your Interns | Strong Opinions @marksbirch
"it used to be that phones worked without you having to carry them around, but computers only worked if you did carry one around with you. The solution to this inconsistency was to break the way phones worked rather than fix the way computers work."
"Who gives a shit if fanboy bloggers find enterprise software boring? The Valley is here to build great companies and make money, not entertain mid-20-somethings who can’t get enough of their Instagram feeds. Personally, I find billions of dollars fascinating."
Just look at that graph. On the one hand, you have all the social networks that you know. They’re about 43.5 percent of our social traffic. On the other, you have this previously unmeasured darknet that’s delivering 56.5 percent of people to individual stories. This is not a niche phenomenon! It’s more than 2.5x Facebook’s impact on the site.
Day after day, this continues to be true, though the individual numbers vary a lot, say, during a Reddit spike or if one of our stories gets sent out on a very big email list or what have you. Day after day, though, dark social is nearly always our top referral source.
This post. It is brilliant.
(via Dark Social: We Have the Whole History of the Web Wrong - Technology - The Atlantic)
"Here’s a great rule of thumb: until you create something yourself and then actually ship it, try to first find the positive in the products around you. Those products are the result of someone’s passion, hard work and innate genius. When we compare them to our own twisted, entitlement-driven expectations, we do nothing but insult their creators."