Links for the Week of February 21

This week is an especially data-driven Links. As it turns out, we’re reaching the point that all that data can finally tell us a few things about something other than the data itself.

  • I feel safe in saying Google+ is the most controversial social network on the web. Some love it, some hate it, but no one really gets it. Turns out, it’s serving the precise purpose Google intended it to.

  • Facebook is data, but what, exactly, are they doing with all that data (other than selling it to advertisers)? Turns out, they’re studying love. This is one of a series of short posts Facebook released, all centering around love in the age of Facebook. (if want to read them all, I packaged ‘em up in a separate Readlist).

  • Internet trolls elicit mixed emotions from thoughtful internet users. On one hand, we loathe their actions. On the other, we don’t feel good about loathing them as individuals. Turns out, they’re all sadists, so we can rest assured our disgust is warranted.

  • You won’t be surprised if I tell you Twitter is polarized, but you may be surprised to hear the degree to which it is. That’s bad news for those of us rooting for the web to usher a new era of civil political discourse.

  • This post comes from Jake Levine, who simply wants to tell the world about his vision of breaking the internet loose from our screens and putting it on the wall.

  • Of course, the news of the week was Facebook’s $19 billion purchase of Whatsapp. As usual, Alexis Madrigal gives the best rundown.

That’s all for this week. As usual, Links is available as a Readlist should you care to download it to your Kindle, iOS, or Android device. Happy reading, and I’ll see you next week.