This is a week designed to make me feel old. On Wednesday, I hit my 20th anniversary of blogging (but not this blog — it will turn 20 in 2023). It’s slightly disturbing to think that many of the students I’m teaching now were pre-schoolers when I started in this game…
And today, I hit my half century.
“How did you get old, Adam?”
“Slowly, and then suddenly…”
While I head off to celebrate with my family, while trying not to weep over the brevity of life and the futility of existence, you can find meaning in some fine, hand-crafted artisanal links…
- 🐎The Atlantic’s new stable of newsletters
- 🧠 One of them is Charlie Wurzel’s Galaxy Brain, which is leaving Substack for the magazine.
- 👯♂️ Big changes coming to Groups.
- 🍼 Facebook is losing a generation.
- 👴🏻 Should it really be trying to lure young people back?
- 👺 The Big Blue is shutting down its facial recognition system.
- 🕵️ Is it just getting ahead of growing concerns about face recognition?
- 🔎 Improved searching of a person’s Tweets, for your “finding off-colour tweets and cancelling people” convenience.
- 🎤 DMGT buys podcast company Entale
- 💷 The BBC paywalling its podcasts (via Apple) outside the UK
- 🛑 And Apple debuts a podcast that’s exclusive to its app. The fragmentation of podcasting is proceeding apace, sadly. We will regret this down the line.
- 📲 Battle for the lock screen: India edition
- 💼 Ben Green jumps from JPIMedia to Reach
- 💰 Engaged journalism is a revenue strategy
- 🇪🇸 Google News returning to Spain
- 🤯 Google offering support for indexing AND domain verification issues. *faints*
- 🚨 Another cunning wheeze by the spammy end of SEO.
- 📽 I thought we already knew this: Google recommends giving videos their own page.
- 🤝 Wow. Instagram finally restores Twitter preview support. No longer seen as a competitive threat?
- 💃🏼🕺🏻 New sticker: “Join In”, which looks a lot like TikTok’s duets.
- 🎞 Adobe working with news publishers on tools for verifying image authenticity.
- 😡 Interesting profile of Mike Taibbi, which touches on the idea of what happens when the political world changes around a firebrand writer.
The Big Read: Cancel Culture
No, not that cancel culture. This is a long, and fascinating, list of the reasons people cancelled subscriptions: