Bookmarked Unsplash is being acquired by Getty Images by Mikael ChoMikael Cho (Unsplash)

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Mikael Cho has announced that Unsplash is being acquired by Getty Images.

Om Malik is concerned about this move and the consequences it might have in the long term.

I was a fan up until last evening when I got an email announcing that the company was being acquired by none other than Getty Images. Hearing this was like a red hot spike through the eyes. A startup whose raison d’être was to upend draconian and amoral companies like Getty Images was going to now be part of Getty. Even after I have had time to process it, the news isn’t sitting well with me. 

On the one hand, I am thrilled for Cho and his co-founders. I absolutely love them as founders and human beings. And I am glad they got a good outcome for themselves and the team. 

But as a longtime part of the community, selling out to one of the worst digital corporate citizens does feel like a betrayal.

Replied to What Twitter Can Learn From Spotify (On my Om)

Twitter needs to change gears quickly — and it needs to start rebuilding itself now. It won’t be long before the toxicity on the platform starts to deprecate the brand itself. So far, the company seems to be set on taking the content-delivery road more traveled. Changing course could make all the difference.

I agree with Om that Twitter needs to change, I am just not sure about a Twitter as a place for content curation:

In much the same way Spotify has become a place where people experience music, Twitter could be the place where we discover, share, and consume news and other written content. And unlike Spotify, it could be a place where new, independent voices are found and build an audience.

Spotify’s reward structure doesn’t help the independents, and many smaller artists feel left out in the cold and understandably frustrated. Twitter could develop a subscription system that rewards both big and independent content creators. A system proposed earlier could be a skeletal template that satisfies both the big and the independent.

In part, this sounds like what Nuzzel offers, without the explicit organising. Interestingly, this sounds like a feed reader, I therefore wonder if that is where the opportunity lies, with things like Inoreader’s magic sort?

Liked In Convenience We Trust by Om Malik (om.co)

Perhaps, deep down, we are aware of our hypocrisy, which informs our expressions of outrage. The tweets, the hot takes, podcasts, and talking heads on — everything is theater. We are simply distracting ourselves from ourselves, avoiding the feeling that we are ultimately powerless when it comes to meaningfully influencing the outcome. 

Replied to The Essayist (om.co)

The essayist is a self-liberated man, sustained by the childish belief that everything he thinks about, everything that happens to him, is of general interest. He is a fellow who thoroughly enjoys his work, just as people who take bird walks enjoy theirs. Each new excursion of the essayist, each new “attempt,” differs from the last and takes him into a new country. This delights him. Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays.

E.B. White

Really liked EB White’s quote about the essayist. Wonder how the ‘blogger’ differs from this or are they the modern essayists?