Part 2 of the Good Stuff, following on from links yesterday to top articles on insights, marketing and advertising, online video and music.
I haven’t yet read it but I’m sure it is brilliant: danah boyd’s PhD dissertation
The Vitrue top 100 social media brands of 2008 (with methodology included)
Charles Frith provides an excellent case study of how brands shouldn’t engage with social media. Whether the person was officially representing Miller or not, he got pwned.
A Wired journalist experiments with various geo-aware applications and finds out that they are not all that they are cracked up to be
Mozilla have proposed a free, crowd-sourced usability tool which sounds, from this at least, fantastic
Technology and the internet
One one hand, Kevin Kelly argues that ownership may soon be a thing of the past, and that access is far more important. Bodes well for tools such as Spotify.
But on the other, Jason Scott argues against the Cloud, as it can’t be trusted to safeguard your “possessions”
John Willshire lists several free tools that can be very useful in tracking online consumer behaviour
Discover Magazine offers a counter-argument to Nicholas Carr’s Atlantic article. Through outsourcing the effort required for recall, Google can in fact make us smarter. Not sure I necessarily buy this, but interesting nonetheless
Business and ideas
Henry Blodget’s plan to fix the New York Times includes cutting costs by 40%, raising the price of the print edition and – controversially – reconstructing a walled garden for premium content
John Willshire (again) live-blogged the recent PSFK ideas salon in London, and it is well worth a read
Copyblogger has six ways to get people to say yes
A lovely story of a designer recounting his experiences with notebooks. I’ve recently started using a notebook for more than transitional note-taking, but it remains to be seen whether anything useful will come of it
My Favourite Business Book – crowdsourced opinion
And, as always, I’ve been posting slightly more miscellaneous links to my Tumblr blog, which in theory now has comments enabled through Disqus.
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