Links for the Week of November 8

With the release of Twitter's IPO, many writers are thinking about the company's impact on our culture. This week's Links also delves into that conversation, plus the demise of a media giant and new insights into web readers.

  • More and more readers are turning to Pocket as a DVR for the web. Like nearly every other field, the digitization of reading has led to new insights into how we read.

  • In what seems like the never-ending debate surrounding how Facebook is changing us, we hear mostly of data and its analysis. It's refreshing, then, to read of the real impact of Facebook on real people struggling with intimacy.

  • It's human nature: the more we are exposed to something, the more common it becomes. So it is with depression. When Tumblr, especially, becomes a collage of glorified depression art, real depression becomes harder and harder to recognize.

  • Tech writing has a long way to go to reach real relevance, and much of that is the result of the shallow pieces of tech writing that pervade the web. That need not necessarily be the case- tech writing can aspire to more.

  • Occasionally, I open my email inbox to find a bit of nostalgia. That's because Everpix, which collects my photos from various web sources, sends me a regular email containing a photo I took, say, a year prior. It's just one feature of one of the best photo apps there is, but sadly, that simply isn't enough.

  • I'd like to let the author of this last piece speak for herself. Here's Kathryn Schulz, on the medium that's changed us and our world:

It’s an attempt to understand why I fell for this particular medium, and what doing so has meant for all the other things I love in life. And it is also an attempt to understand what Twitter has done to my mind, not neurologically — let us for once in the twenty-first century not go there — but phenomenologically: that is, how Twitter has changed the way it feels for me to think, write, and simply exist in today’s world.

As always, you can view Links as a Readlist should you care to download it to your Android or iOS device, Kindle, or Readmill. Happy reading.