Snapchat has always celebrated the way that you and your friends see the world. It’s fun to experience different perspectives through Snaps, Stories and Our Story.
Today we’re introducing Discover.
Snapchat Discover is a new way to explore Stories from different editorial teams. It’s the…
Good context by PandoDaily on The New Yorker’s story about Emerson Spartz (the King of Clickbait story I posted earlier this week), which warns against fast, cheap content:
Facebook’s algorithm changes to its News Feed makes it unreliable as a traffic source and the audience for one-size-fits-all content websites is difficult to assess “until it’s too late,” according to PandoDaily’s Bryan Goldberg.
Andrew Marantz profiles Emerson Spartz, a digital-media guru profiting from the cat photos, catchy headlines, and GIFs that fill your Facebook feed.
Online writing delivers ‘gifts’ all year long, but the holiday season is an ideal time to look at the special offerings an editor finds glistening within blocks of text.
The abandoned Alexander Macomb Elementary School is in the midst of a neighborhood that’s lost perhaps 65% of its population since the year 2000.
2010 Census data pegs Macomb Elementary’s census tract population at 1,999 people (see image above). Motor City Mapping, in January 2014, found 492 occupied residential structures in this census tract. Using the rough gauge of 2.75 Detroiters / household (also census data) that would suggest the area’s population today is closer to 1,400 residents — a 30% population drop in four years, and a 65% drop since 2000, when there were around 4,000 residents.
Again, those numbers are rough, but based on the visual change in structure occupancy in the neighborhood seen via Google Street View, a 30% drop in four years doesn’t seem unlikely. See this prior post looking at population change on one block in this area.
Half the homes in the few blocks around the former school stand vacant. 190 of 459 properties in the area have been tax foreclosed and are owned by the City of Detroit, another 75 are slated for tax foreclosure in 2015.
Driving around the area today, the school seems to be a center of prostitution activity. On a couple separate drives around the school, prostitutes were on each corner, perhaps using the abandoned school.
Great visualization of 6 billion Tweets…
Mapping Twitter: Three Years and Six Billion Tweets
Via Mapbox’s Eric Fischer:
I’ve been tracking geotagged tweets from Twitter’s public API for the last three and a half years. There are about 10 million public geotagged tweets every day, which is about 120 per second, up from about 3 million a day when I first started watching. The accumulated history adds up to nearly three terabytes of compressed JSON and is growing by four gigabytes a day. And here is what those 6,341,973,478 tweets look like on a map, at any scale you want.
We talk often of our digitally connected world with social networks as proof positive of how it all works. It’s true, but often misses the large swaths of the unconnected.
What’s interesting here is not so much where the Twitter posts are, but where they aren’t.
The Geeky Stuff: Fischer walks readers through how he filtered the data, worked with JSON, made the vector tiles and more in this blog post.
Images: Screenshot of six billion geotagged Tweets (top); a closer look at the greater New York metropolitan area (bottom left); Africa, MENA and Central Asia (bottom right). Via Eric Fischer on Mapbox. Select to embiggen.
Dec. 7: The Tow Center for Digital Journalism released their conclusions on audience metrics from The New York Times, Buzzfeed and Chartbeat. Among the findings: “news metrics are hard to interpret because journalism has multiple aims” Definitely worth a read.
Via The Wall Street Journal: “ A large swath of the Internet ran without advertising for over an hour Wednesday after Google’s online ad-serving system DoubleClick for Publishers went down.
Tumblr’s study says its the premier destination for users wanting for content marketing. But will it change media buyers’ perceptions of the platform?
ICYMI - “Tumblr wants to change that narrative by positioning itself as more a media channel than large social network,” ~ Digiday reports.