Luke O’Neil, who seems to write pretty much every article on every site these days, calls bullshit on that stupid “How much does it cost to book your favorite band?” link that around this past week. Some acts seem way lower than they should be, some acts seem way higher than they should be, and there a lot of bands making more for one show than you made last year. O’Neil mentions a lot of sites who should know better shared the list anyway. Basically, this isn’t what your favorite band earns every night, it’s what your favorite band would charge to play at your Bar Mitzvah. Lastly, and smartly, O’Neil ties the sharing of this list to that Facebook dude cluelessly railing against viral media content.
This is exactly the sort of thing the Internet Thinking Apparatus was talking about yesterday in the wake of Facebook exec Mike Hudack’s anti viral media rant. Nothing matters to anyone anymore but share potential. Being able to affix a few famous musicians’ names and some big dollar figures to a headline under the guise of Data is a perfect recipe for viral success. It’s certainly worked here. The post is one of Priceonomics biggest traffic hits, with 1.2 million views as of this moment. Someone should put together a list of what traffic-worshipping sites charge for their integrity. A few ten thousand views seems to be about the going rate. That would be a huge viral hit.
Brilliant. I mean, worth watching just for the ‘Carousel’ scene.
Via Urlesque / Brooklyn Mutt
Kent Brewster’s on Facebook’s design changes, or rather people complaining about them. Shades of, “If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold,” but a little more in your face. Props for posting it directly to FB, too.
Dear people who whine about interface changes on Facebook:
Unless you are paying money to advertise on Facebook, you are not a Facebook customer. As far as Facebook is concerned, you’re not even a human being. You are one of an infinite herd of cows. Facebook (and its faithful ranch-hand Zynga) spreads a thick layer of content for you every morning, you chew it up all day, and they milk you for your lovely creamy clicks every night.
Sure, you might have been calved on the nearby Yahoo or MySpace farms, and you might someday slip under the pasture fence to the greener grass of Google+, but in the end … you’re a cow. Moo all you want about how Facebook went and moved the damn salt lick again; they’re not going to listen.
Why? Because you’re a cow. Now shut up and consume your content.
Via Joshua Nguyen / Dens
The other day, I noticed a few items in my Facebook stream that I hadn’t “Liked”. I figured it was a glitch of some sort. Then it happened again today. I went and looked at my pages and there 10 or so pages I was subscribed to I’d never seen before and would never subscribe to. For instance, I found myself a fan of Phil Fischer, a Christian musician that just completed The Tea Party Song and is asking his fans for $113K so he can get it played on Christian radio. I emailed him to ask if he knew how I had ended up liking his page, and will update when I hear back. If you check his Facebook page, this seems to have happened to other people as well.
I couldn’t find much else online about this happening to other people, except for this post on Facebook support. If this happened to you or you see any other info about it, let me know because I’m curious.
Yesterday, I wrote about the lack of smartphone/internet/Facebook use by the main characters in contemporary movies and books (I may not have mentioned internet or Facebook or movies, but I meant to). In a discussion that followed, Nick mentioned the idea of a story told entirely in Facebook updates. Almost as if on queue, this video from Maxime Luere. An entire story told through status updates. Well done, too.
In an article about Google’s recent surprise company-wide raise and bonus this about Facebook’s staff.
Of the more than 1,900 Facebook employees with resumes on LinkedIn, 300 — around 15% of Facebook’s staff — list Google as a past employer.
Is that a lot? Because it sounds like a lot to me. Also, the person that leaked the raise/bonus info to Business Insider got fired. They presumably will not be receiving a raise or a bonus. Unless they go work for Facebook.
You Know What’s Cool? Is it this? I don’t know. It seems like it might not.