We’ve had an insane traffic explosion over the last two months, so many of you are probably pretty new to the website. I thought it would be smart to fill you in on our post philosophy, and point out the anatomy of our posts a little bit.
We’re really big on making sure we properly cite our sources. We come upon news in two particular ways, Twitter and our RSS feeds. Should it be the previous, we link to the tweet along with the account in the footer of the post. But, if we find and publish news based on our RSS feeds the process is a little bit different. First, we add an Article Via Source link in the foot of the post. This is to give proper credit to where we found the story. This source might not have uncovered the news themselves, but we found the information through them. It’s important to us, to make sure you know that. There’s a lot of people who work really hard in this business, and robbing them of a proper acknowledgement is something we’re not willing to do.
Once we find something that we think is newsworthy, we’ll track the sources back as far as we can until we arrive at the original source, reading articles along the way. Throughout the course of our post, you’ll see links to these original sources. It’s important to make sure that we get the story right, and let you know where we’re getting our information from.
You should expect these two things, and outright demand them if you don’t see them. We’re not perfect, but we strive to make sure we do the best job we can. If you want, or need more information on something, feel free to let us know in the comments of the post. We’ll be sure to fix the problem as soon as possible.
On the social links and search
Social networking is our bread and butter. Most, if not all of you have probably stumbled on our site from Twitter, Facebook, Stumbleupon, or some other form of social network. It’s worked insanely well for us, and we continue to embrace these technologies where we can.
If you’re interested in sharing our article, you can click the links in our header bar that pops up as you scroll, in our title bar for a particular post, or by clicking the recommend button at the end of the post. We’d really appreciate it if you continued to use these in the best way you see fit. It would make our day. :)
We also found that not many people were using our search bar, so we moved it to the social media toolbar that pops up when you scroll. It works better than it did before, and it even gives you the ability to search externally for information.
If you want to search for information from within one of our posts, just select the text you want to search for, then click the “Learn More” button that should popup. You will be met with Apture results with information from articles on the site, as well as from Google and Bing. It works insanely well, so use it when you need to.
Thanks for putting up with us, and more importantly, thanks for interacting with us and making this the best job on the planet. If it wasn’t for your comments, suggestions, and repartee, we wouldn’t be here. You really do make this an enjoyable experience.