Category Archives: washingtonpost.com

What happens to your online life after you die?

In most jurisdictions, not much. The state of Delaware is attempting to deal with this legally. To see why,  look at this chart:

The law has an interest in determining how to deal with this online property, especially as it will sooner than later come up in legal disputes.

Here’s hoping more jurisdictions get on this as well.

Bitcoin 101 (with references to up and comer alternatives)

You’ve likely heard lots about bitcoin. You may have heard of some of the other alternatives, such as dogecoin. If you finally decided: “I should try and understand more about this”, I recommend this article in the Washington Post. There is lots changing with this technology, but this will give you a good grounding.

I think bitcoin is a highly speculative financial instrument and I’ll continue to think it is a very risky thing to participate in. Still, it looks like it is not going away, and so I think it’s time to share some of the better pieces on the topic.

Unworthy is showing success with a different online publishing strategy

Upworthy is going with a different model than those of Yahoo, Huffington Post and others by publishing just a few, highly curated, articles, rather than constantly posting. The result, as you can see here, is dramatic.

This isn’t new: Jason Kottke has been doing this for along time. But Upworthy seems to be making a big play with this model. It will be interesting if they can sustain it. More than anything, I hope this leads to more and more organizations adopting different publishing models that are both successful and lead to more variety in online media. The last thing we need is everyone trying to be Buzzfeed. Here’s to more success for Upworthy and others who experiment in online publishing.