A progress bar for reading longer articles on The Daily Beast. Medium was one of the first to start measuring the word count and translating it to minutes, but I think this visual approach gives a more intuitive (and less distracting) representation than ‘minutes remaining’.
Pioneers of entertainment news and above all else reporting sports results, the Sportcenter guys are way ahead the curve, with a good portion of the screen covered in charts, stats and assorted titles. They’ll stack talk points, and even attach a countdown timers. Bored viewers can gauge how long the hosts will be talking about each story, and be reminded of what’s up next. I think we’ll see more 'TV Aesthetics' creep into the web and apps as screens get bigger, touch replaces pointing and clicking things and data entry in general is reserved for business stuff and niche categories.
The spread of the Caliphate is very far removed from a penalty for Peyton Manning, but even Vice News uses youtube annotations as controls, allowing viewers/users to skip segments, and get a better read of upcoming content.
So, will this intense focus on the ‘total reading time’ metric and other methods of attracting and retaining attention mean the ”loss of journalistic talent”?
Almost 25% of all mailpieces have something wrong with the address — for instance, a missing apartment number or a wrong ZIP Code. Can some of those mailpieces get delivered, in spite of the incorrect address? Yes. But it costs the Postal Service time and money to do that.
Everytime you write an incorrect address a mailman dies a little bit inside.
Most facebook users know that they can choose a username for their page. This makes up a custom url, like mine: facebook.com/joshclement. Also, this becomes your facebook email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.
Last year I spoke at a conference to an audience of VCs. During our discussion about VC commitment levels, one frustrated VC raised his hand and asked “how much do I have to commit to make my investors happy?” That question reveals the most common attitude I encounter among VCs; they don’t ask how much they can invest, but rather, how little. They seek a minimum, not a maximum. When it comes time to put their own money where their mouth is, there’s a surprising lack of both interest and capital. Investors are well served to pay greater attention to this phenomenon, and watch what VCs do, rather than listen only to what they say.