Today is the 17th — 17th — birthday of One Man & His Blog. In 2003 I sat in my tiny study in Lewisham, and wrote the first post on my new, Blogger-powered blog. You'll find that first post linked right at the end of this digest, but it's astonishing to me that this site has been a consistent thread in my life for the best part of two decades.
That first post has existed on four different publishing platforms, five different web hosts, yet is still there, for anyone to read, when the majority of the journalism I've done over the years either never made it online, or is locked behind paywalls. This blog is truly my biggest single piece of work. And that's just astonishing.
Thanks for reading, be you a new reader or someone who has been with me for years.
I have no plans for stopping…
We truly live in the age of the Stories format, pioneered by Snapchat, and cloned by everybody else. Or so it appears with two new platforms joining the Stories sisterhood:
It'll be interesting to see what people do with these — and to see if they get any traction. The format has been a huge success for Instagram, but notably less so for Facebook.
One thing it's worth bearing in mind: this format is more akin to conversation than publishing. It's about sharing things quickly with people, in a non-permanent way. Think of it as a stream of disposable updates about what's happening in your life, work or businesses.
Twitter under siege
Talking of Twitter, this is a good summary of the investor activity around the platform, and its threat to current CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey:
Twitter CEOs have a habit of getting pushed out. Is history about to repeat itself?
Pinterest acts on Coronavirus
More evidence that Pinterest is the social platform that has its act together on misinformation:
Social Media and politics
Some stories worth reading about the fraught intersection of platforms and governments:
And finally: how it all began
17 years ago, this is what I wrote.
Hopefully, I've improved a little since then…
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