This week was brought to you by the letter F. The internet was ablaze with f-word topics like Freelancing and Facebook and Filibustering. We’ve got all three covered in this week’s Links You Should Give a S#*t About, plus a cool new project from Google and the saddest/best fun fact we’ve read in a long time. Happy browsing!
THE STATE OF FREELANCE WRITING
Nate Thayer is a freelance journalist who’s traveled the world and amassed 20+ years of experience. So when The Atlantic asked if they could use his story without paying for it, he was obviously a little insulted. The social media force of freelance journalists have since taken up the cause and it’s raising lots of interesting questions about what good writing on the internet is worth these days. We particularly like this gigantic discussion from The Awl.
FACEBOOK’S NEW-NEW NEWSFEED
Yesterday Facebook unveiled their biggest update in 2 years. The new-new News-feed incorporates larger photos and videos, looks like a mash-up of Instagram and Twitter’s best qualities and will be rejoiced by brands that use the platform. You can add your name to the early-adopter wait-list here.
ART, COPY & CODE
Not to be outdone, Google also introduced a fun new product this week. Meet Art, Copy & Code. A still-sort-of-hazily defined re-imagining of advertising. It looks cool enough we’re interested in learning more, anyway.
RAND PAUL TALKED FOR A LONG TIME (AND TWITTER LIKED IT)
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul proved that he could stand-up and talk for a long time, unleashing a 13 hour old-school filibuster in response to President Obama’s nomination for Head of the CIA. In a modern twist, Twitter fueled excitement over the whole thing so much that fellow republicans started showing up later in the day to bask in some of Paul’s limelight.
DANIEL-SAN = MIYAGI
Perhaps the most mind-altering facts from the internet comes from Yahoo Movie News, which informed the world this week that Ralph Macchio (better known as Daniel-san from the original Karate Kid films) is currently the same age that Pat Morita (aka Mr. Miyagi) was when the first film was shot in 1984. I feel old, you feel old . . . we all feel old! Hooray for Friday.