WE HAVE A NEW SOCIAL INTERN!
Kate Parkinson-Morgan (twitter) joins us. Her intro post on Tumblr is here. Welcome Kate!
POST ON GITHUB
Former NPR employee Jeremy Bowers often posts recipes on Github. Are you working on a story or series or show that the open source community should know about? It’d be interesting to try posting it on Github — or to create a repository on Github of stories that may be of interest to that community. Intrigued by this idea? Email me.
IS REDDIT A FAILED STATE?
Wright Bryan sends along this Verge article. An excerpt
"Reddit wants to be a techno-libertarian’s wet dream, but in practice it’s a weak feudal system that’s actually run by a small group of angry warlords who use "free speech" as a weapon. Reddit is mostly a nice place filled with nice people who run nice little communities, but there’s virtually nothing keeping them safe from bullies like “John,” a 33-year-old man who brazenly dispersed stolen private photos and then cried foul when The Washington Post published information about him. Reddit’s government is more interested in protecting John than the women he harassed.”
VIDEO ON FACEBOOK IS GROWING AND GROWING
Wright also sends along this Recode article about Facebook’s video growth. It’s serving up a billion video views a day. Buzzfeed had 130 million Facebook video views in June. That percentage increased 130 percent from June to July and 200 percent from July to August.
THE GUARDIAN ADOPTS A MEMBERSHIP MODEL
This is intriguing. The Guardian is letting folks become members It’s an event-based model. This is really smart. If members receive a discount for events, then they’ll likely pay the cost of a newspaper subscription (or more), feel like they’re connected to The Guardian, feel like they’re contributing to something bigger, and meet other people like them.
THE BUSINESS OF PODCASTS
Kerri Hoffman at PRX write about ways to monetize and grow your podcast, over at Transom.
I thought it was very interesting that Alex Blumberg submitted his new podcast Startup to Product Hunt. Product Hunt is a site that features new startups. I think it’s smart for Alex to post here — because his podcast is about startups, he went where his audience could very well be.
AND FOR FUN
You can now encrypt messages in Kim Kardashian images.