The Verge: Peach isn’t dead yet

The Verge: Peach isn’t dead yet. “Peach went down last week. It took a few days before the developers addressed the situation online, and in that time its users were distraught because it wasn’t clear if the app was ever coming back. (As of this writing, it’s still not back up.) It is a special place: Warm, inviting, and private, a port hidden from the chaotic storm of posts that make up the contemporary internet. I got in touch with some of those people to see what Peach meant to them, and what it felt like to face down the possibility that this safe, beautiful place might disappear.”

New York Times: Why Jeff Bezos Went to Medium With His Message

New York Times: Why Jeff Bezos Went to Medium With His Message. “Medium, the online open platform and publisher, is one bloglike platform that has persisted and innovated in the social media era. With 90 million unique monthly visitors, it has maintained relevance as a destination for open letters, petitions and personal essays. But it scarcely sparks such frenetic reactions as it did Thursday night.”

Ars Technica: “The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging

Ars Technica: “The Linux of social media”—How LiveJournal pioneered (then lost) blogging. “Last April, famed writer and hero-murderer George R.R. Martin announced that he was hoisting his ancient blog from his moldering LiveJournal onto his personal website. For casual Game of Thrones fans, it was a minor hiccup at best—most clicked the new link and never looked back. For a certain strata of enthusiasts, however, this was a far more momentous move. Described as ‘the last holdout’ by longtime LiveJournal volunteer-turned-employee Janine Costanzo, Martin’s blog was perhaps the once-blogging-giant’s last bond to the world of great pop culture. So while the author may never finish his most beloved literary series, his simple act of Web hosting logistics truly marks the end of an era.”

Analytics India: 9 Best Data Science Blogs To Follow In 2019

Analytics India: 9 Best Data Science Blogs To Follow In 2019. “Data science is a fascinating technology that is rapidly evolving. To keep up with the industry, one needs to be prepared to spend some time doing some research and brushing up on skills and knowledge. Whether you’re a professional working in the field of data science or an aspirant who is just getting started, it is always considered to be a good practice to be connected with resources that keep you in touch with the current trends.”

Boing Boing: This is what ‘going viral’ looks like

Boing Boing: This is what ‘going viral’ looks like. “…on November 11, I blogged about Tim Klein’s ‘puzzle montages’ and I believe it’s the most-viral post I’ve written in my over-seven-year professional blogging career. While I don’t have the exact numbers, I have been watching it quickly spread across the planet and I feel certain that it is. Today, I thought it would be fun to pull back the curtain a little to show you what ‘going viral’ looks like from ‘backstage.'”

The Verge: The dream of the ‘00s lives on in gossip blogs

The Verge: The dream of the ‘00s lives on in gossip blogs. “Mostly, the internet is worse now than it was 20 years ago — but at least it looks better. Now that ‘going online’ is more often a job than a hobby, the internet looks appropriately sleek to match: by adults and for adults, by professionals and for professionals. Platforms have different personalities, from the cutesy quirk of Etsy to the clean, friendly usability of Slack. But, in general, if a website is popular, if it is large enough to be the primary income source for its creators, it is both navigable and beautiful in a minimalist, Scandinavian-boutique-hotel sort of way. The look of a website is intentional and made by a well-paid committee. Very little about the internet’s appearance, short of a bug quickly remedied, is an accident.”