Saturday, May 28, 2011

A couple of sites aggregate links to "long articles"; bringing substance back to Web 2.0

Here are a couple of sites that are a bit like what I try to do: provide an index into news stories and commentary that convey the substance of what is going on.

Mark Armstrong runs “Longreads” (site), which provides a search engine and nifty presentation of important articles on almost any topic, some of which will trigger a printer response when navigated.  The actual article is always on the original site; it is not copied.

Then Aaraon Lammer and Max Linsky edit “Longform”, (site) which also, with a slightly more intricate format that allows the submission of suggested articles (I guess they can be one’s own) about a variety of areas.

The sites attempt to provide “printer-friendly” versions of the articles for loading onto iPads, Kindle, eReaders, or other future mobile devices; one could bring one’s reading material from the sites for a long flight.

 I’m not sure how much analysis – time-tracking or direct comparison of opposing viewpoints – is to be offered.

On Saturday, May 28, Paul Farhi had a summary story, “Up from the pithiness of the Web; while others tweet, some think the next big thing will be long, thoughtful prose”,  link here. The online title is “Going long in a shorter-is-better web culture”.  That’s probably good for me. At least it's a refocus on publication and distribution, rather than on socializing. Both these sties (above) like to use the color red for their trademarks, compared to Facebook's blue. 
First picture: the portal for "The Event" opens; second: that's me on the right; the appearance of the "feeling reckless" guy on the left can mean some  bad guy a few thousand miles away is going to get it. Watch your horror movies!

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