How ad-driven services without ads work:
"There are businesses, Cegłowski notes, that make money from advertising, like Yahoo and Gawker. But most businesses use advertising in a different way. Their revenue source is investor storytime:
Investor storytime is when someone pays you to tell them how rich they’ll get when you finally put ads on your site.
Pinterest is a site that runs on investor storytime. Most startups run on investor storytime.
If Harry was making weird shit happen as a kid before he ever got a wand or training, this means:
1) a wand was never essential to magic
2) magic is not a conventionalized thing; you can make nearly anything happen if you want it enough
3) if anything spells are a crutch at best and intentional limitation at worst to prevent people from doing things magic "can't" do
4) kids are naturally adept and boarding school is the PERFECT place to crush their creativity
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Interesting thread of sorts: https://twitter.com/_DanielSinclair/status/1164738202810368000
No one is saying M4All is more important than climate change, justice reform, citizens united etc. What we ARE saying is sick people cant get into the streets, sick people can’t unionize, sick parents can’t fight to live AND fight for their childrens´ futures. How do you organize when you’re on chemo, trying to keep your job, fighting medical bankruptcy, possibly while also raising a family?
@Curator I am talking to firstname.lastname@example.org about mirroring his art bots (https://twitter.com/andreitr/lists/art-bots) on the fediverse. Would you be interested in waiving the no-bot policy in his case?
If not, no worries. He just expressed an interest in finding an art-related instance if possible rather than botsin.space.
Stripe will pay $1 million a year to take carbon out of the air — but will it work? https://prismo.xyz/posts/1a11aed8-7d64-4efa-93bd-8c78121ca0c0
I'm pleased to announce the v1.0.0 release of Hometown, my Mastodon fork! It's up to date with Mastodon v2.9.3, and unique features include:
- Local only posting
- Full support for rendering incoming `Article` posts from federated blogs like Write.As
- "Exclusive" lists that let you follow someone without clogging up your home timeline
For more info, including rationale for each new feature, check out our wiki:
And the release itself is here:
Using open source libraries by your company without contributing back is not only useless, it's also terribly risky.
You see, the real advantage of open source is not that you get code for free, but that your developers become a part of a global community of experienced engineers, gain experience, familiarity with the tools and code, and influence in those projects.
Without that you are at the mercy of chance, with projects becoming abandoned, rewritten to support different use cases than yours, etc.
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Since the issues of generational demographics and what all boomers have done comes up frequently on here, I recommend this piece, which argues that boomers did not create the 1960s but merely consumed them:
Interesting to me personally is that the article uses fairly precise cutoff dates for the generation: July 1946 through December 1964 - and then argues that that is a very broad cohort whose oldest and youngest members have little in common
A community centered on the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and their surrounding region.
An alternative to social networks that connected people in the region that have either died away or driven people off with unethical or anti-social policies.
MSP Social is a noncommercial community service, hosted and administered by @lawremipsum. Users should not feel obligated to contribute financially to the project. But contributions to defray server costs and/or for possible future expansion are welcome at Patreon, Liberapay or via PayPal to lawremipsum at gmail.
We financially support local community-oriented organizations. Currently, we support WedgeLive, Streets MN, Grease Rag and The MN Tool Library. Future support of community-oriented organizations will be determined by accountholders, donors and the admin, and is likely to be focused on groups that advance the values of the donors and encourage underrepresented voices in community and urban planning spheres.
Recurring contributors: @hfrazey, @email@example.com, @Jennybellium, @densetsu, @iangreenleaf, @britvulcan, @joeld, @yeahno, @paulference, @billmk, @brandon, @benjotron, @june @wafflesoup and anonymous.
If you're a current Twitter user, here is a tool that can help Twitter friends find each other on Mastodon.