Afternoon, all. Here's today's selection of links for your edification.
I've got a longer piece about the downsides of social profile for journalists coming — maybe even by Thursday — but in the meantime, here's two of the pieces informing my thinking.
Increasingly, the majority of people are content to experience the online world through the warm, blue-white glow of Facebook. But beyond the closed ecosystems of giant tech companies, the open web remains populous, anonymous, strange and sometimes, very unpleasant.
"Never read the comments" is a terrible idea. Here's what you could do instead.
(Full disclosure: Open Democracy are a former client)
Twitch is giving its streamers a chance to offer a new, VIP-like feature to their most loyal viewers: subscriber-only streams. The new initiative may encourage viewers to spend $5 a month to support streamers.
Want to learn how to create profile cards and charticles? The platform offers publicly downloadable guides and templates on how to get started
The New Elite
And the big social platforms are all part of it now. Remember when the internet was about emerging voices and disintermediation? Instead, we've just built up new gatekeepers, more ruthless than the old.
(Only around 21,000 to go for me…)
Anyone with more than 30,000 social media followers considered a celebrity, advertising watchdog rules
Another take on the same issue.
And the journalist reaction to this was… interesting, as friend of the newsletter Ben Whitelaw was quick to point out:
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Teens are swapping the "authentic" for the, well, authentic… Here's what's happening amongst the young people. 👨🏻🦳