You probably don’t know this, but you are reading the world’s best newspaper every day


With a newspaper media landscape ranging from boring over propagandastic and war mongering to outright lying you in the face, many of us are looking for alternative news sources. We can find a lot of quality information in the blogosphere. But the search engines make it difficult to locate the information we want, since they are commercial advertising platforms that direct you to the same media sources (typically Anglo-American) that you wanted to avoid in the first place.

But did you know that you are actually already reading one of the best newspapers in the world? It’s free. It’s open source. It’s crowd created and edited. It’s available in all languages. It’s available on all platforms. It’s as objective as it gets.

If you’re a news addicted infomaniac, chances are pretty high that you are also doing daily Wikipedia look ups. Even normal people use the service. It’s the 7th most visited web site in the world.

But do you ever visit the edited frontpage? It’s called the Main Page in Wikipedia. It features four sections, a photo feature and three Wikipedia service areas in addition to the standard top and left menu navigation. There are also links to the Wikipedia portals such as Art and History (be careful not to click “Nazi Germany” or you will never get out of there).

Please note that the Main Pages are localized and the content structure can differ from language to language (here is the Danish version). Remember that Wikipedia is “borderless” and divided into languages. Not countries or other geopolitical parameters.

The English version of the Main Page:

  • From today’s featured article
  • In the news
  • Did you know…
  • On this day…
  • Today’s featured picture

“From today’s featured article” is an editorially handpicked Wikipedia article of the day that will introduce you to something or someone randomly. Yesterday, it was a Goldfrapp album including audio snippets! You can subscribe to the section as an e-mail alert.

“In the news” is a headline selection as you know it from other news sources. The difference here is that the headlines are directed to Wikipedia articles and not directly to media sources (they are source links inside). Besides showing five current headlines, this section also links to the chronological sections “Ongoing Events” and “Recent Deaths”. Oh, Miss Universe 1967 just passed away!

“Did you know…” is a selection of nominated articles, that are articles that are not news driven, but picked to expand your knowledge and inspire you with the fountain of wisdom inside Wikipedia. Did you know that in 1971, Charles Winick found that American prostitutes earned little more than clerical workers?

“On this day” is the popular listing of events that happned on the day throughout history. It’s great for discovering inspiration to social media content. In 1958, on the day of writing this blog article, Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel Lolita was published in the United States. Fun fact: did you know that Nabokov used to play tennis on KuDammm in Berlin?

Vladimir Nabokov used to play tennis in my street in Berlin. #tennis #kudamm #berlin

A photo posted by Ronnie Rocket (@ronnierocket) on

“Today’s featured picture” showcases the visual part of Wikipedia. This page highlights the finest images on Wikipedia. The featured picture criteria explain that featured pictures must be freely licensed or in the public domain, must be of a high technical quality, and must add significantly to at least one article on Wikipedia. The photo of taxi cabs in Hong Kong above was a featured photo a couple of days ago.

There is also a “Featured Sounds” section as a sub page.

Tip of the day is putting the Wikipedia front page into your daily routine. Add it to your bookmarks. You should even consider making it your Start Page.

Wikipedia currently has more than 38 million articles.

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HBO creates new show about the New York music scene in the seventies


From Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, this new drama series is set in 1970s New York. A ride through the sex- and drug-addled music business at the dawn of punk, disco, and hip-hop, the show is seen through the eyes of a record label president, Richie Finestra, played by Bobby Cannavale, who is trying to save his company and his soul without destroying everyone in his path. Additional series regulars include Olivia Wilde, Ray Romano, Ato Essandoh, Max Casella, P.J. Byrne, J.C. MacKenzie, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Juno Temple, Jack Quaid, James Jagger and Paul Ben-Victor. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter, Rick Yorn, Victoria Pearman, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, John Melfi and Allen Coulter. Winter serves as showrunner.

Debuts in 2016.

I created a warm up playlist on Spotify here:

Now that’s what I call a wedding celebration



A couple in Turkey swapped out lavish nuptials with their friends and family for the bread line with thousands of Syrian refugees. Last Thursday, Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat doled out food to 4,000 Syrian refugees for their wedding reception on the border town of Kilis. The bride wore an elaborate white dress, with a tiara perched on her headdress, and the groom sported a white tuxedo with black trim. They stood behind large food trucks distributing meals to hungry Syrians. The couple had decided that instead of hosting their friends and family for a traditional banquet reception, they would feed the victims of a bloody civil war next door.

“In southeastern Turkey there is a real culture of sharing with people in need …They love to share their food, their table, everything they have. That’s why the bride also accepted. And afterwards she was quite amazed about it.”

Read the full article here and more here and here.

Sync your dreams


Education, the arts, technology and inter-culture come together in this wonderful content marketing segment from Japanese mobile company Au.

A professional ballet dancer in Washington D.C. and a jazz drummer from Boston are giving lessons to kids in Tokyo using Internet technology.

Visit the campaign web site here and here.

Here are two segments more from the campaign:

Visit the campaign web sites here and here.

[via Amazing Arts, Tokyo, Japan]

Wall Street is ruining Twitter


While Facebook seems unstoppable in the social space and Google+ struggles with a chaotic strategy, Twitter feels the pressure of quarterly reports and Wall Street analysts breathing down their neck.

Google is making tons of money, so they can take their time finetuning their social flagship. Twitter, however, is under immense pressure from the markets.

Founder Jack Dorsey is back as interim CEO and is expected to do a Steve Jobs turnaround for the company. It seems he wants to introduce algorithms instead of chronological flows (bad thing) and introduce human editors (good thing). The problem is their business model.

Twitter is an advertising platform like Facebook. But they don’t have the number of users to outperform Facebook. What they do have are millions of professional users.

They should introduce a premium subscription model with added features including a (very) low priced version for small businesses.

Their ad model should also be no-nonsense like Facebook, where individuals and small companies easily can run media campaigns on par with large organizations with media budgets.

Also, Vine and Periscope should be “de-mystified” and crawl out of the geek world into the mainstream space. They should be taking on Instagram and Snapchat. Head on.

Twitter is one of the most powerful tools on the Internet today and should be able to run a profitable business as a stand alone company.

But they are a treat for tech giants like Apple and Microsoft, that are loaded with cash, but have no presence in the social media world.

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Google+ and YouTube are splitting up


The social media world has been waiting for news about the future of Google+ for some time now. Many professionals expected an update at this years Google I/O, but that conference took place without a word about Google+. They did, however, launch Google Photos, a successful Google+ component, that now stands on its own.

But two days ago, Bradley Horowitz, the new head of Google SPS (Streams, Photos and Sharing) blogged about the future of Google+ (in a blog post named after a Radiohead song – press play below and listen to the song while you read this blog article) along with a twin blog posting from sister operation YouTube.

When I use Facebook, I don’t want to visit one destination for my stream, another for photos and yet another for video. It’s all in the same place. I wanted to have the same experience with Google as I blogged about earlier here. However, Google have decided to do it the other way around. Photos is now a stand-alone service. Google+ and YouTube are now officially divorcing. You will have to go to three destinations for your stream, photos and video.

A new feature called Google Collections has quietly been added to Google+ and it seems that the social network will now focus on taking on Pinterest rather than Facebook.

The most important news for many users will be the fact that you no longer need a forced Google+ account for other Google services. You can just use your standard e-mail credentials for Photos, YouTube, Gmail, etc. The Google+ log-in is reserved for Google+ only.

The biggest problem for Google+ is the bad press, where both mainstream media and the trade press keeps posting sensationalist stories about the fate of the network. Google+ is a top 3 social network, that is very popular among its users. This article tries to deal with that: Google+ Is Alive and Well Despite Persistent Media Reports.

I still think they should rename the network and call it (the domain is available) and offer cool vanity URLs like