Daily Diigo Public Link 01/31/2008

by Yule Heibel on January 30, 2008

Is the Tipping Point Toast? — Duncan Watts — Trendsetting Annotated

tags: business, duncan_watts, economic_anthropology, fast_company, influentials, malcolm_gladwell, network_theory, tipping_point, trendsetting

Article by FC’s Clive Thompson on the latest work by Duncan Watts, who argues against the idea the trends are created by “influentials” who bring matters to a tipping point.

Influentials On The Web Are People With The Power To Link – Publishing 2.0 Annotated

tags: blogs, influentials, links, publishing, scott_karp, web_2.0

Scott Karp’s article is a useful recap of what makes links so powerful, and why traditional media have to get over fears around losing what they think is an edge they have, namely being able to contain the user. And on making money, Karp writes: “Whenever I give talks to traditional publishers who have been afraid to link to other sites because it will “send people away” instead of keeping them trapped in the publisher’s own content, my now standard response is to say that there’s a site that does nothing but link to other sites — all it does is send people away. And yet remarkably, people keep coming back. So much so, that this strategy has translated into $10 billion+ in advertising revenue. (Yes, Google of course.)” …There you go.

Cool Hunting: Three New Stadiums Annotated

tags: architecture, reference, stadiums, starchitecture

Description/ links to 3 new stadiums, introduced thus: “In the era of starchitecture, few projects pose more of a challenge to renowned architects than the scale and complexity of a city’s crown jewel, the stadium.” The 3 projects are Camp Nou (Spain), Beijing National Stadium (China), and Wembley Stadium (UK). Camp Nou’s exterior in particular sounds fascinating — it could be a terrific public art work or an annoying visual nuisance, depending on articulation…

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webnews February 5, 2008 at 12:40 am

Sooo true about the influentials on the web versus old school publishing. It’s a whole different dynamic.

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