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March 24, 2012 4:40 PM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #92

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, the author of Complete Web Monitoring and Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks), Hugh McGuire (The Book Oven, LibriVox, iambik, PressBooks, Media Hacks) and I decided that every week or so the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

  • 'Religious Freedom Act' gets OK from Kentucky Senate panel - The Miami Herald. "This seems like a pretty mundane headline, but it has fascinating implications. Particularly, in an era where personal freedoms are being hotly debated in all areas of our lives - from online conduct to contraception. The Kentucky senate recently voted to put a freedom act on the ballot that 'prohibits any human authority from burdening actions that are based on religious beliefs, except in support of a compelling governmental interest using the least restrictive means to further that interest.' Will we see a spate of Rastafarians and Timothy Leary devotees fleeing persecution for their drug use? And, if the bill leaves it open for non-human authorities to burden actions, who speaks for those authorities? Interesting times indeed." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Hacking is Important - Rands In Repose. "Want to understand how Facebook thinks? This is a good start. I recently met a bunch of Facebook ex-pats (the guys behind memsql) at a startup event, and they were cocky, smart, and a bit manic. They had a vibe about them that was hard to grasp: young, driven, and enthusiastic, but something more. This piece by Michael Lopp nailed it. They're hackers. 'They just have to go fix it -- often in the face of people who say it's impossible or are content with the status quo.' Every great company starts with a clever hack, but every great company that fails to maintain managed chaos and a hacker mentality will, eventually, fall to new hackers." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • Riding the Booster with enhanced sound - YouTube. "Watch and listen as the booster rockets from the space shuttle take off, and then descend back into the ocean." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Girls first Ski Jump - YouTube. "Watch and listen as a young girl psychs herself up to do a ski jump. Then watch as she does the jump." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • Stop Talking About Social and Do It - Yes And Know. "My friend, Nilofer Merchant, has a magnificent series of Blogs posts for the Harvard Business Review on the power of social business and how social media is (really) changing everything. See, this little thing called 'Social Media' winds up having very little do with media and much more to do with how these technological and social implications should change business models. Nilofer is traipsing into the white space of my next book, CTRL ALT DEL, so I'm probably going to have to interview her and dig a little deeper, but in the meantime, this one is a gem!"
  • I can't stop reading this analysis of Gawker's editorial strategy - Nieman Journalism Lab. "Linkbait, killer headlines and ridiculous content rules. Sorry. This story will either depress you or make you laugh (or both). Regardless, what does it tell you when videos of babies farting will generate millions of more pageviews than the content you're reading right now?" (Mitch for Hugh).

Now it's your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.

By Mitch Joel


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