Metafilter saves girls from human trafficking

Posted by Tai on May 21, 2010 under News, Web, Weird and wonderful | Be the First to Comment

This is what makes the net so fantastic. Metafilter user, Fake, requests help for two people who have become ensnared in a phoney visa and possible human trafficking situation. This thread plays out in real time, with a huge outpouring of support from random internet strangers.

Read it all here. A real triumph for the internet hivemind.

In the News 2

Posted by Tai on March 29, 2010 under News | Be the First to Comment

So The Times is instituting a paywall for its online content. There doesn’t seem to be an easy solution to get a revenue stream out of online news. People are hesitant to suddenly pay for something they’ve been getting for free. This coupled with the fact that many newspapers have become redistribution centres for Associated Press and Reuters articles means that there’s even less incentive to sign up. I’d like to point them to this story: a New York paper instituted a paywall and only 35 people actively subscribed.

CC licensed image from just.Luc on Flickr

In the News 1

Posted by Tai on under News | Be the First to Comment

The UK Labour Party is crowdsourcing its new election posters. The Conservatives are doing the usual, getting a big name agency to produce the slickest, most mockable, posters they can. Labour is co-opting its supporters to create their posters. The papers are saying that Labour is cash strapped. I can’t help thinking that this is carefully calculated to project a certain can-do, progressive, party of the people, image. But that would just be cynical, right?