Thursday, August 25, 2011

Link roundup

1. From an article on declining websites: Gawker's "traffic has dropped 75 percent this year." (Is this true?)

2. First sentence in a depressing article at Grantland: "Ric Flair has been physically attacked by at least three of his four wives."

3. New preorders at the BBTS: the very cool (and expensive) Batman by Hot Toys, Ms. Marvel Tonner doll, Thanos on throne.

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  1. I had started out feeling sorry for Flair, whose persona I've always liked, even as a kid. Then, by the end of the article, I felt like I never wanted to watch wrestling again. Pathetic behavior by everyone involved, Flair included.

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  2. Given their terrible redesign I could see a lot of people abandoning Gawker. I don't get these sites who do a massive redesign and end up killing themselves. Just look at Digg v4 and how it destroyed them.

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  3. I read the Gawker sites through RSS, so the redesign didn't faze me.

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  4. I read the Gawker sites via their "blog" mode, which is much less offensive. Just add "blog" to the url after the backslashes.

    But yeah, these sites with their massive redesigns usually shoot themselves in the foot. (don't go rolling out a redesign on us, John!)

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  5. Plus the fact that (at least in the case of Kotaku) the majority of their posts are sensational and misleading.

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  6. I don't find their headlines to be misleading.

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  7. I used to go to io9 daily (and would randomly visit the other sites from there) and now I rarely ever go - I have never cared for that new design. The interface is so clumsy and inconvenient. I never considerd adding it to RSS.

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  8. I posted the full/VIP rss feeds awhile back:

    http://superpunch.blogspot.com/2010/03/jesus-fishray-gun-stickers-link-roundup.html

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  9. I hate going to Gawker sites now, when I used to go to them a lot more before.

    Here's my biggest problem. I use it mainly at work, and I like to be in control of what's on my screen, picture-wise, and if you're reading an article, you still have no choice over the stuff along the sidebar, and usually there's at least one item that borders on NSFW, at least in the blurb picture.

    Another lame thing about Gawker is the way their attached pictures are handled.

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