Things I’ve Learned from Lately #58

“Things I’ve Learned from Lately” is a regular compilation of articles that have made me a smarter marketer. Hopefully, they’ll help you, too.

Evan Williams on the Future of Media TechCrunch chronicles the thoughts of Evan Williams on the future of media. He believes a lot of fleeting, mundane news is less important than consuming a smaller amount of well thought out pieces of content, not the approach of the daily news cycle. His vision is a public that consumes for enlightenment from true experts, not quantity. That’s what Williams hopes his new platform, Medium, will accomplishing by providing a hybrid between free-for-all blogging platforms and professional outlets.

Please Don’t RT – William Pesek writes in Bloomberg about new rules in China that threaten three years of jail if web comments are deemed defamatory. The rule’s standard relies on how many people viewed a post. For example, posts that are reposted more than 500 times or receive more than 5,000 views are deemed eligible for punishment.

Fight for Your Right to Like - The ‘like’ is now protected by the First Amendment, according to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. This article from The Wall Street Journal says the court compared a ‘like’ to a political sign in one’s yard. The case shows how much social media has changed our perceptions of communication in every aspect of life from family and friends to work and politics.

Apple and Google, Tech Frienemies - Christopher Mims points out that Google and Apple are not competitors. Instead, they are locked in a symbiotic relationship in which Apple can dominate in terms of product, but that product cannot succeed without web services, which Google dominates. Neither can compete in the area in which the other dominates, so instead, they have learned to live together.