…looking at analytics is tricky. Because we have imperfect information...– Chris Dannen | Fast Co. Labs | This is what happens when publishers invest in long stories
Since the 1940s, terrestrial radio companies have not paid any royalties from...– Audio: Digital Drives Listener Experience | By Laura Santhanam, Amy Mitchell and Kenny Olmstead of the Pew Research Center
It’s imperative to be able to show that the things [voters’] tax dollars are...– Why not measure how well government works? | Jim Tankersley and Dylan Matthews | Washington Post
thetuesdayten: Why Kickstarter won’t sell or go public. $274 million was spent on Kickstarter projects in 2012 alone. What do their shareholders think they should do next? “Even if Union Square ventures had reservations, it wouldn’t have mattered,” Max Chafkin writes for Fast Company. “Kickstarter has been profitable since mid-2010 [when Kickstarter founders led a $10 million VC round in 2009]....
What will it take to build emotive-and-empathic data experiences? Less data...– Om Malik | Coffee & Empathy: Why data without a soul is meaningless | GigaOm
Alt-Weeklies Are Dead; Long Live Alt-Weeklies →
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theashleyclements: I get so many wonderful messages telling me what The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has meant to people. They often include telling me that they’ve been going through a hard thing - a big change in their lives, a loved one’s illness, depression - and that The LBD has been a source of comfort and happiness;…
There is a culture in tech companies that simultaneously reveres the “user” (at...– Lauren Bacon | Women in Tech and Empathy Work
Last December I set intentions for 2012. These intentions came from a month and a fall of pain and longing. This December I am coming from a very different place, although on the surface, it’s the same - tomorrow, once again, I’m getting on a bus to spend a sparkly New York New Year’s Eve, and here I am setting intentions for 2013. In 2012, I want a new way to earn money -...
Predictions for Journalism in 2013 →
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More Companies Are Tracking Online Data, Study... →
The number of trackers collecting data on users’ activities on the most popular Web sites in the United States has significantly increased in the last five months, according to research from the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley.
Advertising/Marketing professionals considered in the bottom professions among...– Adobe State of Online Adveritising (PDF) Um, WHAT? I take double offense, consumers, as a marketer AND a dancer! And a dance marketer! URrrghhh hmmm I guess we DO add a lot of noise to an already noisy and busy world. I also feel like I ONLY know marketing-related people and definitely a ton of...
Nate Silver on the Colbert Report
Colbert: Are you trying to put the pundits out of work? Silver: I’m not very pro-pundit, I have to say… If pundits were on the ballot against Ebola, I might vote Ebola, or third party… In my world, it pays to put money behind your model.. But a lot of people come on TV and don’t have anything behind their words; they’re just trying to please half the audience, or...
Nate Silver's Braying Idiot Detractors Show That...
deadspincom: By David Roher In case you haven’t been hanging around the benighted corners of the political internet lately, there’s an idiotic backlash afoot against Nate Silver, the proprietor of the FiveThirtyEight blog who made his name as one of the sharpest baseball analysts around. Read More Key quotes helpful for me: If accuracy is how close the average dart is to the bullseye,...
Software that captures lots of data and uses it to make predictions has mostly...– Quentin Hardy | Big Data in More Hands | New York Times Bits Blog
I am not allowed to reproduce content (nor should I), but just logging here that I am taking the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies course in Web Analytics for Website Optimization. Lots of gems about theory, research, and other reasons why we do what we do.
laurennicolelove: John Wesley wrote in his journal Oct. 6, 1774: I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them, 1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy: 2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against: And, 3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.
For days and days, coverage of the Malala case has shown clearly that the...– — A Pakistani Taliban commander in South Waziristan accuses the lamestream media of bias in its coverage of the Malala shooting. Right then. (via newsweek) I heard a Pakistani civilian on NPR today ask: Why do we give so much more coverage to one girl than to the many civilians that have...
I’m sure that new sources of data and increasing volumes might require a few new...– Stephen Few | Big Data, Big Deal | Perceptual Edge
You can measure how successful a test will be by asking some very simple...– Andrew Anderson | Change the Conversation: Defining Success | Adobe Digital Marketing
A Code Literacy Success Story →
The comments are pretty interesting and polarized! I’ve done a couple lessons of Code Academy and I love it. I think it’s helpful to be able to communicate with developers and show them that you understand and appreciate their skills. Similarly, developers are literate (basics of communication professionals) and have probably taken a statistics class (basics of data analysts), so they...
I love testing because it is the one thing that if I am doing it right, I will...– Andrew Anderson | Why I Love Testing | Adobe Digital Marketing
Any set of data can be used to make a story. There doesn’t have to be a...– Andrew Anderson | Why we do what we do: Separating Fact from Fiction - The Narrative Fallacy | Adobe Digital Marketing
The answer is simple: Focus on WOMEN. I’m sure you think I’m being both...– Dave McClure | Pink is the New Purple! | 500hats.com
But they all have the problem of selling something — imaginary tractors,...– David Streitfeld and Evelyn M. Rusli | In Sliding Internet Stocks, Some Here Echo of 2000 | NYTimes.com
We have to know the facts, not only because they are facts, but because there’s...– Jen Doll, on why we need to look at the faces of killers. (via theatlantic)
I include in that not just the raw data, but also how that information has been...– Julie Brill, quoted by Natasha Singer | Consumer Data, but Not for Consumers | NYTimes.com
If you don’t want to propagate more mass murders, don’t start the story with...– How to Cover a Mass Murder (via modernprimate) I meant to reblog this to my personal account, but I’ll let it remain here. Thoughts are with Aurora. (via ilovecharts)
This isn’t really a question about the Internet or Big Data—it’s a...– Heywood Sloane | The Future of Big Data | Pew Internet This is how most of my debates about any type of technology boil down - it’s not the technology itself, it’s us extremely flawed human beings. Let’s try to get ahead of the greed and profit to make a positive impact!
As long as the growth of Big Data is coupled with growth of refined curation and...– David D. Burstein | The Future of Big Data | Pew Internet My personal favorite discussion point of this report/survey so far.
The media is biased. Not in the way that people think it is, but it’s certainly...– Radiolab host Jad Abumrad, who dropped by On The Media to talk about the Decline effect, which is when results from scientific experiments become less and less replicable over time. (via onthemedia)
What jobs or careers do these make you think of?
I’ve been doing the exercises in What Color is Your Parachute? slowly over the last six months. What do these skills and fields remind you of? Do job titles, industries, or companies come to mind? Skills I am good at understanding people, quickly, and translating knowing what they want into goals. I love problem solving by looking at the challenge every which way, brainstorming solutions...
Rather than monetizing clicks, he wants advertisers to view Tumblr as a place to...– Rob Walker | Can Tumblr’s David Karp Embrace Ads Without Selling Out? | New York Times Magazine Tumblring about Tumblr. I used to constantly have a brainstorm going for how content could be monetized without ads. Let’s bring that obsession back! I hope NYTimes’s paywall...
Work with people to make them understand what makes a good test, why you need...– Andrew Anderson | Failure to Focus on Efficiency | Adobe Digital Marketing Blog