NYT on the administration's case for going into Syria
Friends, I’d like to announce that today I’m launching a new website that I’ve built in my continuing quest to teach myself how to program web applications. It’s called iHeartPundits.com and it ranks political opinion and analysis from around the web based on social shares. What are shares? Shares are Tweets, Facebook Likes, and Google +1s. I simply add these all up to get a sense of how popular an article or author is over a given period of time.
Discovering Hidden Gems
In addition to tracking what’s most popular, we also try to spot the Gems that may not be popular but are nevertheless worth checking out. I do this by catching those articles that are receiving many more shares than their authors tend to get, hopefully signaling a stand-out piece. Special thanks to Eli Dourado for help with the algorithm.
Ranking the Pundits
In addition to ranking the most shared articles over the past day, week, and month in the Popular section of the site, there is also have a Leaderboard that ranks the top 100 pundits over the past day, week, and month.
The site also tracks thousands of pundits, and every one of them has his or her own page with statistics about their writing and social popularity, as well as ranked lists of their most popular articles over the past week, month, and year. As an example, take a look at Paul Krugman’s page. You can get to a pundit’s page by clicking on their name anywhere on the site, and you can use the Directory to find a specific pundit.
Please Pardon the Dust
This site is still in beta, and let’s face it, I barely know what I’m doing, so you might spot a glitch here or there. If you spot any bugs or have any comments or suggestions, please email jerry at brito dot com.
It’s a simple site, but I hope you find it useful. Soon I hope to duplicate the site for tech opinion and analysis, and eventually also sports, science, health, etc. Do me a solid and tweet it and let your friends know. Oh, and make sure to follow on Twitter where the latest gems, as well as the most popular articles of the hour and day are posted. Thanks!
That’s the name of the paper I’ve been working on with Andrea Castillo for the past couple of months and it is out today, so please check it out.
Here’s a thought experiment that might convey why I think Bitcoin is so important: Did you know that, in order to keep his independence, Glenn Greenwald is not paid a salary by the Guardian? Instead, he solicits donations from his readers and takes payment via PayPal and Google Checkout. Now what if the UK government decided to put the screws to those fine companies the way it has just been revealed they are putting them to the Guardian? Governments—including the U.S. government—engage in prior restraint of financial transactions every day. By targeting intermediary payment processors, it would be easy for the government to prevent UK citizens from making donations to Greenwald, just as PayPal, Visa, Bank of America and others were pressured by U.S. officials to deny payment processing to WikiLeaks in late 2010.
Bitcoin, however, is censorship resistant money, and we need that now more than ever.