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The shape of what we share: measuring design features of content moving around the web
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Millions of URLs a day go through the Embedly API, which provides a breadth of data to measure characteristics of embeds and their parent sites. How big are the images? How long are the descriptions and titles?John over at the Embedly Data Analytics Research Lab took a sample of embeds from our logs and measured the distributions over a few features. These are URLs being shared on blogs, apps, wherever Embedly is integrated. Here’s what we found.ResultsThe average title length is between 40 and 60 characters. There is also a peak just above 100. One reason for this peak could be that sites impose a cut off for their titles.Title GraphNext we’l ... Read More →

Tab Closed; Didn't Read
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Don’t like. via @nerdblogplI have no words. They have lots. via @dserjeantI have no words. They have lots. via @dserjeant92,955 people were tricked into liking OMG! Ubuntu! via @nonubyNo, Thanks. via @visnesCouldn’t even be bothered to centre it. via @rasagy101 bad modals. via @unfunfionnGuitar tab closed. via @dingledowThis tab will close in 1 second. via @lexisvia @qmacroModals all the way down. via @davidtaylorvia @jonbrombleyNO! via @sheermanI already pay £40 per year for the content they apparently don’t want me to see.Not this. via @joffleyNo thanks, I’ll open it in Apple Maps.Closeworthy.Are we stuck with dysfunction? Yes New Republic, ... Read More →

There's No Myth, Only Years of Hard Work
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Written by Allan Branch on Nov 6 service business bootstrappingI recently read Richard Banfield’s article “The Myth of the Design Studio Turned Product Company.” The five-sentence version of Richard’s article is this…Years ago, 37Signals inspired Richard Banfield to push his web consultancy, FreshTilledSoil, into building a SAAS product on the side in the hope of becoming a product company. Creating a SAAS product distracted Richard and his team from client services. The design, marketing and development cost his company a crap ton of money, plus opportunity c ... Read More →

What I learned from Twitter's leaders
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Editor's note: Anil Dash is an entrepreneur and writer in New York. He is the co-founder of ThinkUp, a new tech startup in New York City . He blogs at dashes.com Follow him on Twitter. (CNN) -- The Internet is buzzing with news of Twitter's initial public offering on Thursday, inspiring enough enthusiasm from investors to push the company to a $23 billion valuation in its first day. It has been quite a ride for a company started just seven years ago, attracting just a few geeky users at first, and then accelerating to eventually reach more than 232 million active users each month.The company has been through an extraordinary set of triumphs a ... Read More →

Recruiting Advice No One Tells You
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by David RogierMy graduate school adviser hated me. I complained that I couldn’t get a job in a startup. She was sick of students complaining. Every student thought they were special and were befuddled why companies didn’t agree.Her advice: get lunch with Tristan Walker. I did and it changed how I apply for jobs.The Story.Tristan wanted to work at the hottest start up in the Valley — Foursquare (it was 2009).He applied on Foursquare’s website.No response.Tristan found the CEOs email address on the website and sent him a note.No response.Tristan emailed him again.No response.Tristan emailed him again.No response.Tristan emailed him again.(I hav ... Read More →

Good Marketing Doesn't Feel Like Marketing: 5 Brands That Get It
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think-outside-the-boxI'm going to own up to something: When AT&T's It's Not Complicated commercials come on, I stop fast-forwarding. In fact, if it's a new one and I've missed the first few seconds, I'll press stop on my DVR, rewind it, and watch the commercial from the start. Now that's good marketing if a company's ad can get me to do that.The genius behind the commercials, which were created by BBDO and star comedian Beck Bennett, is that they earn my attention every single time. I watch Bennett and his gaggle of non-actor kids, even though I know it's a commercial. They are a testament to the notion that people don't want to be sold to -- ... Read More →

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