The Sad State of the Internet Today

The Internet Today

OK, so it certainly sounds like I’m ranting today, but I’m really not. We post articles on several different blogs and publications ranging in size from a few hundred visitors a day to hundreds of thousands. As a result, we get to see what works and what doesn’t. The trend seems to have shifted further towards the Twitteresque way of broadcasting messages – shorter is sweeter.


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  1. Raised by TV and movies is it any wonder we don’t have the attention span to read more than a 35 word forgettable quote?

  2. TB


  3. One cannot write well without brevity. The skill to express complex ideas simply and succinctly is not often mastered.

  4. 35 wds, ds tht inc txt mesgs

  5. Image works well than pure text. It catches more attention of course. That is why in writing articles, a catchy and interesting image should accompany it.

  6. Most people are too busy to read long articles. Shorter messages, TV ads, movie trailers that highlights great points are what keeps them interested.

  7. I do not think this was meant ironically. Viral marketing has become especially in the field of Customer Responsibility to one of the most important strategies.

  8. Wikipedia articles are a needed resource. The well written ones, indispensable.

  9. BTW, met with a VC last week on the subject of business plans. Their comment with reference to size was that many are coming in at one page, and sometimes one word.

  10. I certainly didn’t get to this page by following the citations on a hard-hitting report over at NYTimes!

  11. JD Rucker

    @mikeontv – NYTimes. Hard hitting. Lol.

  12. chris


  13. Cheshire

    I’d sympathize more with your point if your “article” weren’t shorter than the “About the Author” section…

  14. Marc

    My comment is that comparing a twitter-sized quip to a blog is simply apples and oranges. A short thought that has meaning is very quickly assessed of its merit based on it’s ability to resonate. With hundreds of thousands of verbose blogging going on in the world, one might be able to discern the truths, but come to find out that the writer is manipulating his position from a subtle yet skewed perspective, making the veracity of the text less easy to assess in the same way. Therefore the truths you wish to discover when looking for blogs to read might need a bit more vetting before they become popular. You would think it the other way around but that isn’t the case.