Links for the Week of September 27

You want good reading material. I've got good reading material. We'll delve into Bezos, YouTube comments, and the demise of the most legendary Twitter account.

  • The first piece is one I mentioned in today's earlier post, and it's worthy of today's first slot. In the piece, Sue Thomas coins the term "technobiophilia" as she examines the intersection of the natural and the digital.

  • Did you know Jeff Bezos is an actual person? So much is made of the empire Bezos has built that we sometimes forget he's an actual man with an actual life. The Verge takes a look at the man behind the myth.

  • Did you hear? @Horse_Ebooks is no more. The Guardian offers one of the smartest takes on the legendary Twitter account.

  • During the Eric Schmidt era, Google was known for its engineering prowess. It was almost as famous, though, for its awful product design. Here's how they've changed that.

  • Most people, including yours truly, consider YouTube's comments section one of the most horrifying things on the web. Most semi-intelligent people haven't looked at the comments section in years. Google thinks it has the solution: make people use Google+ accounts to comment on a YouTube video. TechCrunch explains how that could drag Google's social network into mainstream relevance.

  • I'm not sure how to categorize this week's last link. It's rant. It's a plea. It's a hard-truth-riddled, meandering essay that explores the state of the web, both good and bad. It's from the pen and mind of Frank Chimero, and it's superb.

As always, you can download these as a Readlist if you want to download them to your Kindle, Android, or iOS device. Happy reading.


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