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Posts Tagged ‘Jason Linkins’

Arianna Celebrates Major HuffPost Milestone

For Arianna Huffington, a comScore traffic report can sometimes be much more than a simple amalgamation of numbers. Per a memo circulated today to staff, it is also in some instances a flashpoint for a wave of prideful memories about how her company started and has grown.

HuffPosters,

Huffington-Post-150x150Today I’m delighted to share the news of a major HuffPost milestone: in August we reached 115 million global unique visitors – the first time we’ve surpassed 100 million UVs on comScore – making us the #1 news site in the United States. (Our internal numbers, at 368 million UVs, are of course much higher) So much for the dog days of summer! August was also the fourth consecutive month HuffPost was recognized as the largest publisher on Facebook – with more than double the social actions of the second-largest publisher. In every significant growth area of the media business – social and mobile and video and native and global – HuffPost continues to lead the way.

I have to say, this news made me a lot more emotional than a comScore stat usually does. It’s the same feeling I get when I walk into our newsroom and see how a group of five has become a teeming team of hundreds – or when I visit one of our 11 flourishing international editions. It’s a lump-in-the-throat combination of gratitude and amazement; of satisfaction at what we’ve accomplished and surprise at how fast it all happened; of nostalgia for the early days when we celebrated every small spike in traffic and a delight in knowing that our best days, without question, still lie ahead.

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Anti-Colbert Hashtag Activist Has a New Target: HuffPost Live

Slate political reporter David Weigel provides a good rundown of the #CancelColbert brouhaha spearheaded by 23-year-old freelance writer Suey Park. Some material on Wednesday’s edition, followed by an insensitive tweet from the Comedy Central official stream, led Park to a very effective viral protest.

Now, there’s more trouble brewing. Brought on to HuffPost Live today to discuss all this with Josh Zepps, Park is tweeting up a new storm:

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Huffington Post Defends Itself: An Analysis

Former DCist.com unpaid contributor, current paid editor of Huffington Post’s Eat the Press -  the man with the best name for a blogger ever – Jason Linkins has written a post titled “How The Huffington Post Works (In Case You Were Wondering).”

Linkins writes:

This is how it all works. Yes, The Huffington Post is like a public square, for conversation. But that’s been built and maintained by people who work at it every single day, at all hours. We’re glad to have created that space, and we’re overjoyed that it gets filled every day, and we’re happy to promote the writing of others. But the building and the maintaining and the promoting of that space for people to play — that’s takes daily work, and that’s a big part of what I’m paid to do.

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Radar: The Long Goodbye Continues

Yep, everyone is still reeling from Friday’s sudden folding of Radar and the horror show that has subsequently taken its place over at Radaronline. Former Radar-er (and current fundraiser) Ana Marie Cox and HuffPo’s Jason Linkins have vlogged their own tribute to the magazine and its “vastly talented” staff below, many of which had previously come through Gawker “proving indeed that we are the Typhoid Mary’s of media.”