“Will you have a car I can borrow?” I asked. “Sure. No charge. There’s a sign telling you where to find the key.” It is pretty common for small airports to have a car for a pilot to borrow when flying in. This lets a person go into town for lunch, or…
1. I don't know.
2. I miss this too.
I've done some poking at stuff to see what I can find, and you might find the results of a search across multiple sites / domains / TLDs using names from the Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers list of interest.
* Twitter is impressive, at 1.2 billion tweets, but Facebook shows over double that number of pages -- people and walls.
* Wordpress, Reddit, and Google+ are all roughly comparably sized in terms of public posts, and about 5% of Facebook's size by content.
* By volume, Facebook leads on FP36 references, but Wordpress has 72% of the volume on 5.2% of the pages. This is reflected in its FP/1,000pg ratio: 16.9, vs. only 1.22 for Facebook.
* On FP mentions per page, G+ does slightly better than Facebook, but not by much: 1.36 vs. 1.22.
* Reddit's FP36 pagecount is good relative to size, and particularly when you take a look at the discussion on individual pages, more on that later. The FP/1,000 ratio's respectable at 3.07.
* Looking at KK, the surprise for me is that G+ is far more ass-obsessed than Facebook: a 3.45 KK/1,000pg ratio vs 0.58 for Team Zuckerberg. This may be a shock to those who've praised Google's content quality....
* The real standout is Metafilter. Despite modest posting quantity, it has the highest FP/1,000pg ratio, and the second-lowest KK/1,000pg ratio (after Quora). This gives a 32.75 FP:KK rate. If Kim makes you retch, you're going to be happier in general on Metafilter than anywhere else.
* LiveJournal and Medium are both comparatively KK-obsessed. That comes as a surprise, and looking into why might be interesting.
1. For large participation, look to Reddit. There are subreddits for virtually every possible topic. You can create your own subreddit as well, including private ones.
2. For intelligent conversation, consider Metafilter. Small size, but admirable S/N.
3. There's a ton of quality content on blogs, but audience development sucks. There's a possible opportunity here.
But from the air, there's a beauty, and in some of these photos, a real messiness, to it. I went out today with the quadcopter and got these photos of what the world looks like from a few feet up as the ice begins to melt. About 2 dozen photos in this album. Enjoy.
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Can You Do Real Work With the 30-Year-Old IBM 5150?
Our intrepid reporter spends a week trying to write, browse the Web, edit photos, and even (shudder) tweet on IBM's first PC.