Links for the Week of January 24

This week, a content-centric Links, and a couple of ways to look back on 2013.

  • Facebook lets users tweak the information they see in their news feed, but the process is anything but transparent. How, for instance, did Derek Muller's video only reach 9,000 of his 118,000 fans? Slate explores how this is part of a very large problem.

  • Cuddly pandas and political scandals have the same chance of going viral. Maria Konnikova explains the fundamental building blocks of internet hits.

  • Justin Jackson can pretend to be cool on the internet, but in real life he's just a dad in a bathrobe. (ᔥ Elezea)

  • "The value of creative goods has shifted more in the past 365 days than it has in over a century." What can we learn by exploring 2013 through Bittorrent downloads?

  • If you thought Gigaom wrote about Google a lot last year, turns out you're right. Derrick Harris has the data set to prove it.

  • Awhile back (decades in internet years), Google changed the way search worked, and, by extension, how blogging worked. By adding a feature aimed at recipe curators, Lauren Orsini argues, Pinterest is doing the same for visual search.

That's all, folks. As always, feel free to download this edition of Links as a Readlist to your iOS, Kindle, or Android device. Happy reading, and I'll see you next week.