You WON'T BELIEVE what happens next!I was starting to notice that most of the links I click on are actually lists of links to other lists, and that getting to the bottom of the stack was an exhausting process. Then, as usual, a N'Yawker article, The Virologist, 1/5/2015, cleared up the mystery. (It has also generated a sub-trending slew of ClickerBait sub-re-postings, e.g....)
The story follows the founder of a set of internet startups, re-branded, most recently, under the name dose.com/?&redirectfrom=dose.com, which repackages online content with catchy headlines of their own invention on their own sites with ad revenue just a quick-click away. The founder of the company got his start in 1999 with Muggles.net and is summed up, in summary, as saying:
The more awesome you are, the more emotion you create, the more viral it is.The company's main functions are:
- Content selection using trend numbers form reddit/twitter/etal;
- Catchy title writing;
- Advertising sales.
So. No actual useful information was generated in the making of this multi-million$$ opportunity -- recent round of funding, $8M -- but one of the chief investors enthuses:
I think his stuff is indicative of where digital media is headed.I call it:
Strip Mining the Zeitgeist
So. What happens next? We believe!