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We talk about content. How it's made. Why it's good. Why it's very bad. Sorry in advance for the British bits.

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    • 4.8 • 53 Ratings

We talk about content. How it's made. Why it's good. Why it's very bad. Sorry in advance for the British bits.

www.thecontentmines.com

    Has Facebook “Fixed” Its News Feed?

    Has Facebook “Fixed” Its News Feed?

    This week, we went through all the links in Facebook’s new Widely Viewed Content Report. We also do a catchup on Musk Twitter drama and run through the complexities of World Cup viral content.
    And here’s the Everton fans video, here’s the Wall Street Journal article about Facebook’s “Content Quality War Room,” and here’s this quarter’s Widely Viewed Content Report.


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    • 48 min
    Turning Nostalgia Into Crypto Pyramid Schemes

    Turning Nostalgia Into Crypto Pyramid Schemes

    We have three huge topics of equal importance to cover on this week’s show. First, we catch you up on the latest with Musk Twitter — fired employees, weird confusing product decisions, bugs and glitches, and hallucinogenics, apparently. Then we run through the bizarre story of what happened with Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX. And, then, finally, but perhaps most importantly of all, we talk about why the UK treasury has a Discord now.
    Also, this episode has some extremely good new Producer Alan lore.


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    • 31 min
    The Great Paid Verification Debate

    The Great Paid Verification Debate

    This week Ryan and Luke sat down in their favorite pub in London and hashed out what is, perhaps, the greatest debate of our time: Whether or not paid verification on Twitter is good or bad. Luke thinks it’s fine. Ryan thinks it’s disgusting. All things considered, this stayed pretty civil. Also, literally right before we finished editing this episode Elon Musk seemingly ended the paid verified, at least temporarily. Which makes this whole conversation a bit more philosophical that practical, I suppose.
    Also, here’s the Quora thread that Producer Alan found.
    And, finally, thanks to everyone who came out to Bad Posters Club in London last night! It was a blast!!


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    • 30 min
    Vague Hype Cycles With Billion Dollar Valuations

    Vague Hype Cycles With Billion Dollar Valuations

    This week Ryan and Luke are in Lisbon, Portugal, for (the) Web Summit! They learned all about the metaverse and the blockchain and artificial intelligence and the highkey art of crushing deals. We also talked, of course, about the Elon Musk-ification of Twitter. Weirdly, Luke wants to pay for Twitter Blue. Ryan thinks it’s for class traitors, but also will probably end up paying for it.
    No bonus episode this week, but we’ll see you at our live show in London next week and be back with a whole bunch of fun stuff next week.


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    • 38 min
    The Stay-At-Home Girlfriends Of Tiktok

    The Stay-At-Home Girlfriends Of Tiktok

    This week we kick things off with a look at Google’s very bad earnings report and a bombshell Reuters report that revealed that Twitter seems to be hemorrhaging users. Then we take a dive into the exploitative and uncomfortable world of British “dangerous places” YouTubers. You know the ones. Those posh guys that go vlog in failed states and turn human misery into clickbait. And, finally, we take a long and comprehensive look at the rise of the TikTok stay-at-home girlfriend. Ryan says stay-at-home girlfriend content seems deeply isolating and lonely and sort of haunting to watch. While Luke just really wants to do nothing all day except drink juices and swim.
    SHOW NOTES
    “Alphabet just had its worst day since March 2020, when Covid shutdowns started in the U.S.”
    “Exclusive: Twitter is losing its most active users, internal documents show”
    Lord Miles Routledge Adventures
    Bald and Bankrupt
    Yes Theory
    Kendel Kay’s TikTok


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    • 47 min
    The Liz Truss Lettuce And Trickle-Down Twitter Brain

    The Liz Truss Lettuce And Trickle-Down Twitter Brain

    Soooo this week’s big topic was about the currently-unraveling political situation in the UK. And while we were editing the episode British Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned. But other than that, thanks to how weirdly slow-fast British politics moves, not much else we talked about this week has changed, so this should all still be pretty relevant! We also talked about the current trend of weird rich guys buying social networks and Ryan shares a theory he has about Netflix.
    Also, come to our live show in London next month! The amazing lineup includes:
    * Chris Stokel-Walker, tech journalist
    * Saima Ferdows, comedian and producer
    * Hanna Ines Flint, author of Strong Female Character
    * Charlotte Colombo, freelance writer and editor at The Daily Dot
    * Sophia Smith Galer, journalist, content creator, and author of Losing It
    Get tickets here!
    SHOW NOTES
    A rundown of the Kanye West Parler stuff
    The good Netflix thread
    Platformer’s Meta vs The Wire story
    The Wire’s most recent statement on the whole thing
    The bad right-wing Indian news site that does unfortunately make a good point about the whole Meta thing
    Another good tweet about the Meta India stuff
    The Liz Truss lettuce stream
    @supertanskiii, @RussInCheshire, and @archer_rs


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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

mr_norell ,

internet genie usses

I've been following Ryan for years – he's a journalist and internet historian. Luke is newer to me but is a super smart journalist too. In addition to being informative, they're fun and funny. If something culturally significant happens online I eagerly await their next episode. Hope they make this show for years to come.

***not thrilled with the new producer they added. not to be mean, but he doesn't add to the show and interrupts the flow. also disappointed that if they insisted on bringing on producer that they didn't make an effort to bring on a woman, queer person or person of color to bring a new perspective.

TurtlesAllTheWay444 ,

Love Luke + Ryan + Allen, more guests?

This show is great, love what they're doing, would be cool to hear from more people who know about the internet though

pods5evah ,

More please, also live events in the US?

Love this show, love Ryan and Luke (and the new producer too!) I keep hearing them talk about shows in London though, what about the US? Maybe Content Mines in Brooklyn?

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