Search engines have long been judges of what is important; now they are also arbiters of the truth.
It is amazing how having a huge homepage can be a curse. People start fighting over existing traffic instead of trying to make awesome new things that are exciting enough to attract their own audience. Marissa Mayer should exclude homepage traffic from all metrics used to evaluate performance — that would be the single biggest thing she could do to turn around the company.
Jonah Peretti’s advice for Marissa Mayer. Always question your understanding of what constitutes success.
Via Business Insider.
They set up an operation with $25 million a year in expenses. But there’s no reason why a daily iPad newspaper needs that sort of budget. A daily iPad newspaper of the scope of The Daily might (but I doubt it), but that simply means the scope of The Daily was ill-conceived. News Corporation went no further than taking the newspaper as we know it — the newspaper as defined by the pre-Internet 20th century — and cramming it into an iPad wrapper. You can’t tell me a good daily iPad newspaper couldn’t be run profitably for $5 million a year.
Skeumorphism in business models is a dangerous thing indeed.
Via Daring Fireball: Why the Daily Failed.
Youtube duet: Miles Davis improvising on LCD Soundsystem.
F-i’s redesign of USAToday.com. Can’t wait to try it out.