Friends, I’d like to announce that today I’m launching a new website that I’ve built in my continuing quest to teach myself how to program web applications. It’s called iHeartPundits.com and it ranks political opinion and analysis from around the web based on social shares. What are shares? Shares are Tweets, Facebook Likes, and Google +1s. I simply add these all up to get a sense of how popular an article or author is over a given period of time.
In 1942 a British forest guard in Roopkund, India made an alarming discovery. Some 16,000 feet above sea level, at the bottom of a small valley, was a frozen lake absolutely full of skeletons. That summer, the ice melting revealed even more skeletal remains, floating in the water and lying haphazardly around the lake’s edges. Something horrible had happened here.
In 2006, I moved to New York and started working for David Karp doing web development for various media companies. That fall, in a brief gap before starting a new client, David said that we were going to make a prototype of an idea he’d had for a while. He had already bought the domain: tumblr.com, because it was an easy platform for publishing tumblelogs.