Making Money with User-Generated Content

Very many sites (including the ones I spend most time on), have content which is mainly or entirely generated by the users of the site, not the owners. Does this user-generated content have monetary value? Or any other kind of value?

Nick Reynolds, who used to moderate h2g2 when it was owned by the BBC, offers two interesting essays on the values such content has:

Facebook, for example, is in a very different market, financially, to both h2g2 and Stack Exchange. And Wikimedia isn’t interested in financial considerations at all.

Incidentally, over on h2g2, Mr606 points out that the financial figures Nick mentions for Twitter are lower than reality: they have been massaged so that Twitter can declare its profits in Ireland instead of in the UK.


Sandi Toksvig: Eyjafjallajökull

Remember that eruption in Iceland, and the ash clouds which covered Europe, grounding all air traffic? I do. I was travelling to England at that time. It didn’t affect my travel plans — I always go by Sail&Rail anyway — but the ferry was a lot busier than usual, and Holyhead station was jam-packed.

And it was, of course, mentioned on The News Quiz. And here’s a dance remix of Sandi Toksvig’s pronunciation of the name Eyjafjallajökull. It’s rather good.


Media distortion of science

Ben Goldacre appears on BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show. This is a funny clip about the media distortion of science, but it has some very serious things in it under the light-hearted veneer.

Warning: References to lies about cancer.
Warning: References to rape, and to victim-blaming.

The most shocking thing in that video is the bit about rape. Yes, a scientific press release with the headline “Promiscuous men more likely to rape” was reported in The Telegraph with the headline “Women who dress provocatively more likely to be raped, claim scientists”. Really. Ben Goldacre has more details on his blog.


P.S. This may be an apt time to remark again that this is my links blog. It’s just links to things I find interesting elsewhere. And it is very rarely current. This is an ancient story. It’s still interesting, and it’s something I may wish to refer back to, so I stick it up on my blog for ease of reference. That’s the way my mind works.