LOTD: January 5

  • Lifehacker‘s Gina Trapani gets the WSJ photo treatment today in an item that talks about what Lifehacker has to offer and provides some nifty tidbits and quotes about Trapani (TB)
  • This isn’t a link of the day, really, but just a note that I’ve gotten one spam on my personal blog and Baristanet, which receives hundreds of comments per day, has received just about the same, since I implemented the MTCloseComments plugin about a week or so ago (TB)
  • Someone has put up the results of their experiment into how easy it is to cancel various memberships. It’s interesting, but would be more so if there were some notes as to the methodology used. [via] (CT)
  • I know some people lurve Quantcast and, in theory, it seems very cool. But every attempt I’ve made to find stats for a site that isn’t an example they themselves provide I get told they’ve not collected enough data for that site. Until everyone puts down the weaponry and agrees on a common standard for online traffic, divining such numbers will remain largely a guessing game. (CT)
  • What’s with the sudden surge in paying people for recommendations? DayTipper is paying $3 to people who select a “news tip” that the sites editors decide is useful enough to make it to a collaborative blog. And USuggest is paying people for recommending products and services that they like. Both of these seem like extraordinarily effective ways to kill any Long Tail content since only top-selling products will get recommended. (CT)
  • Yes, local news is still important. (CT)
  • CBS is finding that embracing online users leads to those users establishing deeper connections with the TV programs. (CT)
  • Life Tom’s item above, this isn’t exactly an LOTD, but I, along with some other online entertainment writers weigh in on 2007 predictions that are sometimes funny and sometimes serious. (CT)

By Chris Thilk

Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist with over 15 years of experience in online strategy and content marketing. He lives in the Chicago suburbs.