I am obscenely guilty of thinking “everyone’s seen that.” And, I couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, just last week I introduced a friend to Vine for the first time. Now she can’t stop Vining everything. (I wouldn’t have it any other way!) In reality, most people I know don’t spend their days refreshing their Twitter feeds or scrutinizing the latest social media trends. They’re out having a life. My job centers around being in the know when it comes to technology and social media (lucky me!). So, why shouldn’t I be the curator of all things web for my followers?
So, it’s decided. I’m bringing back my link love posts under the guise of the Bushism-turned-catchphrase “internets.” I love watching technology impact culture and our day-to-day lives. It’s all new and shiny, but it is also a cesspool of all kinds of misinformation, such as the yearly over-hype of the Supermoon. Here I’ll cover the biggest, coolest things happening on the internet or in technology with a sprinkle of my perspective, because we all need a little critical thinking to help discern the misinformation from the information.
Fre.shly squeezed news
Fre.sh is a BuzzFeed network featuring the fastest rising stories from the best sites on the web. It’s a marriage of Hacker News list-icles and a more straightforward BuzzFeed. Currently over-run by news of Jay-Z and BuzzFeed lists, the site allows you to see what people are clicking on web-wide. I can see this becoming a very popular source for people look to get a no-distractions look at the top headlines.
Big brother is watching you
Thanks to the NSA leaks, the book sales for George Orwell’s 1984 have grown by about 6,000%. I wish it didn’t take the current PRISM conversation and privacy rights to motivate people to read this excellent book, but it seems like 1984 is the must-read of the summer. Personally, I think this is one novel everyone should read.
Music curation leads to elation
If Songza and Pandora were to duke it out in the Celebrity Deathmatch of streaming music, Songza would come out victorious. Songza blows the headphones off Pandora. It’s a music concierge app fitting music to your mood and it’s commercial free. It’s changed my life, and I’m not even kidding. I now have the perfect playlist for any given moment of my day – whether it’s cooking up some bok choy, writing a blog post or playing Egyptian Ratscrew in my friends’ courtyard.
Summer of video
The battlefield of short video clips is heating up. Now that Instagram features video, it might be giving Vine the shakes. Either way, moving memories are all the rage. What better way than video to immortalize the summer of 2013?
Iconic poetry made interactive
Touch Press brings T.S. Eliot’s masterpiece The Waste Land alive with a digital flair. His iconic poem is repurposed for the 21st century in an iPad app featuring audio readings by Eliot himself, as well as video perspectives on the poem and its the original manuscript pages. The fact that something like this is possible is a wonderful thing. Whether it’s worth the money is a matter of how big of literary nerd you are.
What other news or big ideas have you stumbled on in past few weeks?