My Trove channel list is pretty eclectic, featuring everything from Tennis to Job Creation to (don’t judge) Kelly Clarkson. But a trio of related channels always catches my eye, whether I’m looking for personal reading or donning my editor’s hat and programming WaPo Labs’ products:
Digging in this weekend yielded a bevy of fascinating stories, which are just a small sample of the content filling Trove users’ personalized pages.
As a proud Apple fanboy (fanman?), I was immediately drawn to a provocative Time headline at the top of the Technology channel, “New iPhone Rumors Are Boring Already.” “Though I’m sure the next iPhone will be a huge story as the launch date gets closer, and it’ll be another hit product for Apple, the rumors have ceased to be exciting,” says writer Jared Newman. “Blasphemy!” I cried out (I really did). But also, I thought, sort of true. After half a decade of iPhone releases and the interminable lead-up to each launch day, there’s only so much excitement that consistently early adopters can muster for the latest release.
In the Social Media channel, there were warning signs from PR Daily that companies could be using Facebook and Twitter ineffectively. “Are all your status updates about your latest sale? Facebook is not the Sunday circular,” the story reminds marketers. Also of note was a Guardian piece, written by the head of the U.K.’s civil service, outlining why social media has become a vital tool for the sector.
Some of the gems sparkling in the Innovation channel included an O’Reilly column calling for DRM-Free Day to become permanent. The argument: “As an industry we need to evolve past the archaic DRM that’s retarding growth and innovation in our industry. New DRM technologies are not innovation, they are a Neanderthal-like reaction,” says writer Mike Hendrickson. The Irish Times’ look at startup culture in China was equally compelling, noting that with more than 356 million mobile internet users, the country is poised to become a serious tech giant.