Birdhouse is for twitter writing what MarsEdit is to blog writing.
I don’t know if I buy it, but it makes about as much sense as Amazon being suddenly homophobic.
This is quickly turning into a PR coup for Amazon. The gist of this is that most of the books labeled as “adult” and made hard to find on Amazon’s site are lesbian, gay, transgender or bisexual-themed, or even just LGBT-friendly. This is extremely bad form on the part of Amazon, as not showing up on best-seller lists or search pages can cripple the sales of a book. One of the books affected is “Unfriendly Fire” by Nathaniel Frank, which now doesn’t show up on bestseller lists on Amazon.com despite it’s selling of more copies than the entire Twilight series.
The #amazonfail tag on Twitter is spreading very quickly in response to this, and I encourage the use of it.
Apparently, the co-writer of “Never Gonna Give You Up” has made a total of about 16 dollars from YouTube views of the song’s video. The article doesn’t say how much he’s made from other revenue streams. I find it impossible to believe that the Rickroll meme didn’t make him plenty of money from things like increased radio play, sales on iTunes, and so forth.
Aristotle Pagaltzis suggests some changes to John (and my) implementation of the DiggBar block.
As a big fan of telling people when they’re Doing It Wrong, I’m happy to announce Diggbarred. Diggbarred is a new plugin from myself and Shawn Medero, using John Gruber’s original blocking code in an easy-to-activate form. You can fork, modify, or otherwise mutilate the code on Github.
John Gruber has a decent solution for blocking the DiggBar on his site, Daring Fireball, if you’d like to completely block all Digg traffic.
I’m going to whip up a WordPress Plugin for this today.
The AP threatens an AP affiliate for embedding videos from the AP’s own YouTube account. It’s like watching a drunk vomit on himself.
The Associated Press announcement addresses pricing, licensing, and legal threats. There is no statement made about the credibility of the information being published through these online channels, nor whether the act of aggregating and disseminating news this way has an impact on its accuracy or accountability.
I agree, entirely. What is at issue here is the attitude. My favorite writers right now (such as John Gruber, Merlin Mann, Andy Baio) are my favorites precisely because they care about one thing: creditability. They want their opinions and ideas to be credible not due to their stature as people, but due to the strength of their ideas and words themselves. This matters.
Ken Plume and Doc Hammer bullshitting for 80 minutes is far more entertaining than you might think.
This is a pretty big deal. Amazon selling download codes for XBLA games is a good step for retailers getting in on the downloadable action, which will get more exposure to download-only games, which will get everybody paid more. I hope.
Tim Schafer’s advice regarding wether you should care about game sales figures: If you don’t have money on the line, don’t sweat it.