Thanks to Dave Winer for pulling Scott Rosenberg’s 1999 Salon column Fear of Links out of the past. I’m happy to say I work for a publication which does believe in linking, and always has… but this kind of reminder never hurts, and we could always make more intelligent connections.
News.com just introduced News around the Web, an expansion of, and a riff, on the More news around the Web section which has anchored the home page for seven-plus years. More news around the Web collects hand-picked editors’ selections of interesting stories elsewhere. News around the Web employs a more hands-off approach, casting a wider net. It’s in a first incarnation, but I’m glad to start learning what works (and what doesn’t) from a real audience. One thing I do know is that links work. If these links save readers time, then we’re off to the right start.
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