The Weekend Links Post: No. 22

Welcome, again, to another entirely subjective selection of 15 links, humanely culled from my week’s online reading and roughly collated under the seven broad categories seen below:

Selected Highlights from Guardian Technology (Because otherwise I just don’t get around to reading it now it’s no longer in the print edition).

Ping: does Apple have designs on social networking?

Can the technologies killing long-form journalism, instead, help to promote it?

Web ads have only a quarter of the worth of print ads, according to Enders Analysis (N.B. a proper company, not the research wing of Inside Soap).

Google lays out its new display advertising strategies.

Digg’s redesign prompts user protests.

Social Media

MySpace announces Facebook sync, prior to an Autumn redesign.

The success rate of Facebook spam.

YouTube is finally beginning to make money, thanks to ads and profitable partnerships with content creators.

Books, Writing & Storytelling

The future of book reviewing? 60-second reviews on YouTube, according to Washington Post’s fiction editor.

Mashable profiles Fictionaut, an online writing community / crowd-sourced literary magazine.

Useful Apps, Utilities & Downloads

MIT OpenCourseWare: “a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content,” free and available to all.

Google Reader has been updated: now, simply hit ‘f’ for a full-screen view; plus, various other new features and shortcuts.


The Wilderness Downtown by Arcade Fire: not your average music video. An impressive mash-up of HTML5 trickery, interactive drawing and personalised footage from Google Maps and Street View. (If Chrome starts doing odd things, don’t worry, that’s supposed to happen.)

Games & Other Distractions

Enjoyed the Arcade Fire video? More Chrome experiments, games and toys to play with here.


Snoop Dogg and Norton join together to fight cybercrime. (Zock! Pow! Take that, incongruity!)


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