The Daily Beast would like you to know how well it’s doing

The Daily Beast is seeking to quash rumors that it will shut down following Tina Brown’s departure. The company’s interim CEO, Rhona Murphy, said Friday that the site “is not for sale and is not closing.” Parent company IAC has “approved in concept” the site’s operating budget for 2014, and it’s getting a redesign. Also, the Daily Beast “averages more than 15 million unique visitors a month, according to Omniture, and traffic is up 22 percent this year alone.” IAC CEO Barry Diller praised Brown’s tenure at the site, “even throughout the two unfortunate Newsweek years.”

Tina Brown reportedly out at Daily Beast, leaving the site’s future unclear

IAC won’t renew Daily Beast cofounder and editor-in-chief Tina Brown’s contract this January, according to reports from Buzzfeed and Politico. That means that the future of the Daily Beast is unclear: “Included among the options IAC is considering are a sale, closure, or continuing to operate it under a new editor,” Buzzfeed reports. Meanwhile, Politico says Brown plans to launch her own company, Tina Brown Live Media, which “will expand on [her] Women in the World conferences and will put together other events such as flash debates.”

The Language of the Web Worker

In a recent Daily Beast post, Tina Brown talks about how everyone she knows is “hustling for gigs.” As I was reading the article, I noticed a few interesting things about the language in the post – mainly all of the words with “gig” in them: gig economy, gigonomics, and gigocracy. We seem to have our own language to describe what we do as web workers.

Web WorkersOver the holidays, I talked about how hard it is to explain what I do to family members, friends, and other people living in the regular world who find our web worker ways very foreign. This is complicated by my many side projects and diverse work that make it difficult to explain what I do in a concise way, which is another point that Tina Brown makes about how long it takes us to describe what we do in this new gig economy.

I usually respond with some variant of the rambling found below when someone asks me what I do. Read More about The Language of the Web Worker