Wednesday, May 21, 2008

What is up with websites that list the top 1000 of history of something? I don't need to know the top 50 website tricks. Give me 10. I don't need to know the 250 books that I need to read before I die. I only have time for 20, I have to read that list of 150 GTD tips.

If one reads "classic" media (i.e. newspapers, magazines, etc), the pages are mainly filled with 1-2 page articles. There's maybe 1 feature, that's it. In the "old" days (i.e. 5 years ago), there were a lot more meatier articles, with some sidebar stuff. Alas, we, as a society, are evolving into short bursts of info. We need the soundbite (not soundbyte), the catchphrase, the executive summary. The first paragraph (or two) of every news article should have a brief summary of the ensuing discourse.

Some people tend to buck the trend and seem to think we have the time to peruse the top 52 links about birds. Well, I don't. If you want to list the top 102 ways to be a scenester, fine. Read what you've written and put the top 5-10 on the first page. I know its about page views and all the crap, but you'll just start losing people to the list of top ten kitten photos or best five SEO strategies. I'm already ranting too long.


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