I wonder whether the chefs on Chopped really do only have 30 minutes to prepare a main course. I can barely figure out what I’m going to eat for dinner in that time. Here are today’s links, in case you missed them:
Interesting how social media can both promote and limit individual liberty. It’s hard to fathom that such sites are capable of starting revolutions when I’m constantly checking for updates about my friends’ wedding planning or looking for the most ironic hashtags — usually something along the lines of first-world problems. But when I read an essay like this, it’s hard not to think that social media can be just as important a tool as any other, perhaps more formal, action. And of course, the more the Chinese government attempts to keep its people in the dark, the more these people are likely to want to know precisely why. (Big Questions Online)
Pandora really has become more annoying. When I’m at the gym, I hate the interruptions in my music. It’s true, the best apps are the ones that aren’t concerned about making money, and while I certainly get that’s something that has to eventually be discussed, the industry really does need to think of a better way than simply just being annoying. (The Atlantic)
For those of you wondering how Facebook makes money from its free pages, here’s a diagram. It looks pretty similar to how drug dealers operate. Offer a free sample, get them hooked, then start hiking the prices for more. (Business Insider)
I’ve tried Bing a few times when Google isn’t working — at which point I’m usually in a state of despair anyway. I suppose it really does do the same thing, but my inclination when I’m searching for something is always, always, always to Google it. I’m interested to see whether “Bing it” really will ever become part of the vocabulary, though it seems that that’s beside the point, as Bing executives seem happy enough to be closely associated with the search giant. (Fast Company)
It’s sort of a catch-22: if you visit a site that doesn’t have a lot of shares, you’re probably unlikely to share it. But then how, exactly, does it get shared? Either way, I tend to agree that fewer choices always (or at least usually) is much better/easier for the consumer. (Search Engine Journal)
‘Not the future’: European publishers remain steadfast in blocking alternative IDs to third-party cookies
Some European publishers believe alternatives to the third-party cookies, probabilistic or deterministic, will do more harm than good to their ads businesses.
Media Briefing: Why Leaf Group spun off its media arm into a standalone company
World of Good's newly appointed CEO Lindsey Abramo spoke with Digiday about her plans to lean into experiential and embrace niche vs. scale.
Dentsu’s latest ad report shows slowed growth, driven mostly by inflation
The good news in Dentsu's ad forecast is that there's still growth. The bad news: most of the growth is the result of inflation, while real ad pricing actually dropped a bit.
SponsoredWhat the measurement and currency discussion really means to TV advertisers
Ali Mack, head of TV and agency, Experian Major streaming video providers have recently made headlines by adopting new currencies for ad measurement, threatening Nielsen’s long-standing TV ratings monopoly. NBCUniversal, for example, has certified iSpot and VideoAmp as currencies for advanced audiences and formed the Joint Industry Committee with Paramount, TelevisaUnivision and Warner Bros. Discovery. […]
How chef influencer Tue Nguyen works with the BuzzFeed Creator Network
BuzzFeed's Creator Network has been valuable from an audience and production education standpoint, but Nguyen still drives most of her business on her own.
Dentsu’s new Web3 readiness tool shines light on the tech’s potential to complement AI
Dentsu's Innovation Initiative is launching a web3 readiness index next month — at a time when the industry is obsessed with AI. Could the two technologies actually make a good pair?