👓 No one makes a living on Patreon | The Outline

No one makes a living on Patreon by Brent Knepper (The Outline)

Who is really benefiting from the crowdfunding site for artists?

This makes me want to find alternate and more direct means of donating money to people I want to support.

This could be a use case for people to have payment pages on their own websites to make the process more direct. This would also mean that they could post their update content on their own website and use either feeds and/or email to update their patrons.

I haven’t seen a “Patreon” concept on someone’s website in the wild yet, but I have seen examples like Tantek Çelik’s payment page, that do provide a start to the process. Many CMSs already have many of the other moving parts already built in for things like following/subscribing.

👓 No one makes a living on Patreon | The Outline was originally published on Chris Aldrich

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👓 I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality | LA Times

I'm on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality by Jessica Rosenworcel (Los Angeles Times)

The FCC's plan to gut net neutrality deserves a heated response from the millions of Americans who work and create online every day.

Other than the simple “it will spur investment”, what exactly is Ajit Pai’s argument for getting rid of net neutrality? Where is it? I suspect that the only reason there’s no coverage of it anywhere amidst all the turmoil is that it doesn’t exist.

Most communities, even in major cities, only have one provider at best, so there’s absolutely no competition to begin with. Why not start with fixing that first?! In fact, that necessarily needs to be dealt with first before a bone-headed idea like killing net-neutrality.

👓 I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality | LA Times was originally published on Chris Aldrich

👓 A GoFundMe Campaign Is Not Health Insurance | The Nib

A GoFundMe Campaign Is Not Health Insurance by Ted Closson (The Nib)

My friend died $50 short. It doesn’t have to be that way.

This is just a heartbreaking cartoon. I hope everyone will read it in full.

This is one of the most subtly poigniant panels:

“We eulogize [the fact that Americans help each other] in literature and art instead of political theory.”

👓 A GoFundMe Campaign Is Not Health Insurance | The Nib was originally published on Chris Aldrich

👓 Twitter Sidestepped Russian Account Warnings, Former Worker Says | Bloomberg

Twitter Sidestepped Russian Account Warnings, Former Worker Says by Selina Wang (Bloomberg.com)

In 2015, a manager discovered a trove of accounts with Russian and Ukrainian IP addresses

The Russian part and the election part completely aside, having product security subservient to growth is completely the wrong way to build any product.

 

👓 Twitter Sidestepped Russian Account Warnings, Former Worker Says | Bloomberg was originally published on Chris Aldrich

👓 Here’s a hack so you can tweet with 280 characters right now | The Verge

How to tweet with 280 characters right now by Tom Warren (The Verge)

Twitter doubled the character limit of tweets to 280 in a surprise move yesterday, but not every Twitter user will be able to use the new limit just yet. Twitter is rolling out the long tweets feature to select accounts as a test, but Twitter user Prof9 has discovered a workaround to get longer tweets a little early. Here’s how to tweet with 280 characters instead of 140:

Download Tampermonkey for your browser of choice (Chrome webstore link)
Visit this Github repository, click the “raw” button, then tell tampermonkey to “install” the script (or copy and paste the code into a new script in Tampermonkey)
Now visit twitter.com, make sure the script in running in Tampermonkey, then tweet away
It’s a simple workaround that will work automatically on Twitter.com every time you use the web client to tweet. Tampermonkey is a widely used userscript manager, and the javascript is a harmless workaround that simply bypasses the tweet button limit.

Twitter is slowly testing its 280 character tweet limits with a variety of accounts, so if you don’t want to install Tampermonkey then you might get randomly selected for the test in the coming weeks or months.

Sadly Twitter has figured out the work around and disabled it so it doesn’t work anymore. Fortunately I can always write on my own site without character limits.

👓 Here’s a hack so you can tweet with 280 characters right now | The Verge was originally published on Chris Aldrich