Venture investor Chris Dixon of Andreessen Horowitz and others say they are concerned that the increasing use of mobile apps means less investment in the open web, and that this could have a negative effect on innovation. But is that true?
Many Twitter users dislike the new conversation feature because they say it interferes with their ability to use the service as a news-delivery system — but others see the new feature as a return to the way Twitter used to be.
The body that represents Ireland’s major newspapers says a charity group’s website should pay substantial licensing fees for simply linking to its members’ content — and it is also lobbying to have the country’s copyright laws define the simple act of linking as copyright infringement.
Many online media outlets continue to rewrite news without providing a link to the original source, but doing this is both rude and short-sighted: Linking is one of the fundamental underpinnings of the internet and a crucial part of the culture of the web.
After getting pelted with complaints from users about its redesign, Bitly has responded and has restored some of the simple URL shortening that made it popular to begin with. The link shortening function is easier to find and much faster to use.
Bitly is building out its service with an eye toward doing more than just shortening links. With a major redesign of its website rolled out Tuesday and its first iPhone app the service is making it easier to save, share and organize content.
Our “workspace” is no longer just an office, it’s come to mean the entirety of how we get our work done. We need a seamless workspace to focus on our work; our tools and practices should allow us to flow from activity to activity.
Author Nicholas Carr has argued that hyperlinks in online content impose a “cognitive load” on readers that distracts them and makes them less capable of understanding what they are reading. But Salon founder Scott Rosenberg says that links are the heart and soul of the web.
Twitter is finally moving to fill one of the biggest holes the social network has had since it launched — the lack of a built-in link shortener. The new feature is designed to aid in security, but will also provide a valuable stream of data.
“Hey, where did you find that link?”
I’m beginning to think that this question is the most important that those of us who work online can ask. Every day, I stumble across content that intrigues me, makes me think, or changes the way I do things.