Google is updating how it curates your search results [Google blog], with a focus on highlighting trending news and localized content on mobile. While they seem to be prioritizing the "follow" option for topical interests, here's what I found the most interesting from its announcement: Diversifying content in News: "News stories may have multiple viewpoints from … Continue reading Google’s search update is a moment of clarity, not catch-up
The Wikimedia Foundation (which operates Wikipedia and its associated community projects like Creative Commons) funded new research into the supply and distribution of misinformation, fake news and falsified content. The research provides a helpful framework that makes it easier to discuss this complex and tricky topic. The representative chart below divides trends of fake news … Continue reading A framework for understanding fake news
Hi everyone! Here’s a snapshot of some of the excellent WordPress.com community advice, insights, and updates that we enjoyed over the past month.
The Social Icons Widget allows you to connect your site to your favorite social media networks. You can activate it by going to My Site → Customize → Widgets. Check out the full guide to using the new widget or just watch the video above to learn more.
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Fatalism will not end online harassment or hate speech, both problems that need people "who care about politics and souls" to solve.
One of my favorite interviews from the past month is with the Film School Rejects crew, who run my favorite film Twitter account, One Perfect Shot.
Hi everyone! Check out some of the new updates, designs, and insights that helped make May a great month for the WordPress.com community.
A team of developers launched new sites for small businesses in Detroit during a 48-hour Hackathon in February, an event which inspired the creation of our first-ever TV spots for WordPress.com.
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We can't measure today's progress without knowing how to measure the progress of our past.
If you only believe what you want to hear, you’re doing life wrong.
If you’ve been awake and online in the past 24 hours, there’s a good chance someone you know has shared this lovely Oatmeal comic. Yes, the one that explains why our brains our wired to reject information that goes against our previously held beliefs.
The comic was based on a three-episode sequence from You Are Not So Smart — a popular podcast and WordPress.com site — devoted to the backfire effect, the name of this cognitive phenomenon. On the first episode, the YANSS team goes deeper into the neurological underpinnings of this resistance to information that might change our minds:
By placing subjects in an MRI machine and then asking them to consider counterarguments to their strongly held political beliefs, Jonas Kaplan’s and Sarah Gimbel’s research, conducted along with neuroscientist Sam Harris, revealed that when people were presented with evidence that alerted them to the possibility that their political…
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Here’s some of the awesome stuff going on at WordPress.com.
You’re off to a strong creative start in 2017! Here are a few recent updates and stories from the WordPress.com community in April that we wanted to share with you.
“Great looking theme!” –Jason Thornberry
The Independent Publisher theme has long been beloved for its simplicity and legibility, and we’re happy to announce that it has been improved, ever so slightly. Read our interview with the designers, Caroline Moore and Kjell Reigstad.
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Facebook is still trying to do something about stopping misinformation from going viral on their platform.
The most popular apps are competing against each other, sort of like a duel that's casting a shadow on the open web.