Posts tagged Internet
Scamworld: “Get rich quick schemes mutate into an online monster”
The above video and corresponding ten thousand word article just went up on The Verge. It’s an absolutely incredible story. If you have some time today you should read it.
I am happy to announce the start of the140film project. What you see above is the first two lines of a movie that Twitter will write one tweet at a time. When it’s all written Derek and I will produce exactly what is on the page… er… internet.
Here’s how it works:
- Read the two current lines of the movie featured at the top of the page.
- Read submissions by other people in the stream of tweets on the page. Vote for the line you like best by retweeting any tweet or write your own and use #the140film. The first tweet to get 10 retweets will become the next line in the film and move to the featured spot at the top of the page.
- Once we reach 140 lines the movie will be written… and then Derek and I will start production.
I’m really excited to see the movie you guys will write! Head on over to the site and start retweeting and writing.
The Verge is live. Having gathered a dream team of writers from all corners of the Internet, Editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky has launched his new site. And you should absolutely check it out.
Going to The Verge is a lot like the first time you picked up an issue of Wired. I can almost feel the texture of the cover. They highlight the top stories and as you scroll down content is featured in different ways. The front page is much like a table of contents bringing you to the articles you want to read and allowing you to skip over things you don’t.
Read the articles. Drool over the design. Check out the products (so. many. products). But come back to me. Because, you know… I like you guys.
CEO Reed Hastings just posted an entry to the Netflix blog. It begins like this,
“I messed up. I owe everyone an explanation.”
Turns out all the hubbub on the internet about the price change on Netflix has had an effect on Reed. He’s not going to lower the price, or include streaming free. That’d be crazy. But they are splitting Netflix streaming into it’s own service. The streaming service keeps the Netflix name, but the mailing service will now be called Qwikster.
My favorite quote from his post is this:
For the past five years, my greatest fear at Netflix has been that we wouldn’t make the leap from success in DVDs to success in streaming. Most companies that are great at something – like AOL dialup or Borders bookstores – do not become great at new things people want (streaming for us) because they are afraid to hurt their initial business. Eventually these companies realize their error of not focusing enough on the new thing, and then the company fights desperately and hopelessly to recover. Companies rarely die from moving too fast, and they frequently die from moving too slowly.
I get it. You were afraid that if you didn’t adapt to streaming you’d die. You had a boat load of subscribers and bandwidth was getting expensive so you decided to charge more. I still don’t totally get the two company thing but ok. It will probably make people feel better about paying for two services… I guess.
He did say in the post that somehow the split would help their streaming business. Maybe he hopes to trick the studios into allowing more movies on the streaming service by saying, “DVD’s? what DVD’s? We don’t do that any more.”
Canvas is the internet’s premier image remixing website. It used to be in closed beta but now its doors are wide open. Anyone can sign up for an account, just visit Canv.as and create an account. Easy.
A few months back we showed off Canvas on the DrawCast. It’s a really cool site, and now that it’s open to anyone you should go sign up. GO, GO, GO!
Mailspike Reputation Services empowers your organization to identify and block known spammers.
This service is intended to provide all receivers and reputation providers a baseline of data to help block the senders with the worst reputations.
All IP addresses listed on in our service are being continually monitored and the list is updated frequently.
[via Wired twitter]