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A newsletter experiment by The Pudding

Winning the Internet is a data-driven newsletter of links in other newsletters. Currently sourcing from 107 awesome newsletters.

Why?

Problem: there is a lot of content on the internet. The surge in curated newsletters tries to help us by sifting through the daily garbage heap to find the good stuff. But now there isn't enough time to read all the newsletters.

Solution: We decided to curate the curators. What's one more newsletter, anyways? No more link FOMO, just the statistically best links + cute charts, weekly. That's our pitch. Subscribe! Or don't ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

2021-09-18 DIGEST: FUTURES, GENIUS, AND WORKERS

In the past week we found 3,135 unique links from 217 emails, sourcing from 87 newsletters.

The most linked story of the week was Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show.

As seen in 17 newsletters; 1440, Axios Log-In, Axios Log-In, Big Technology, Hacker News, Morning Brew, Muck Rack Daily, Need2Know, Numlock News, Techmeme, The Cramm, The Hustle Daily, The Media Today, The Skimm, Warning: Graphic Content.

TOP LINKS BY APPEARANCE RATE THIS WEEK

7-DAY ROLLING AVERAGE OF APPEARANCE RATE OF TOP LINKS IN THE PAST MONTH

Sourcing from the following newsletters: 10 Things, 1440, 2PM, 5 Smart Reads, 5-Bullet Friday, API Need To Know, Arts and Leisure Daily, Austin Kleon, Axios Log-In, Axios World, Below The Fold, Benedict Evans, Big Technology, Box Of Amazing, Brain Food, Brain Pickings, Brass Ring Daily, Chiwi Journal, Creative Mornings, Curiosity Weekly, Curious Electric News, Daily Pnut, Deez Links, Digg, Domestic Data Streamers, Electric Speed, Elevator, Etcetera, Everything in Moderation, Fair Warning, Finding Beauty, Five Links, Five Things, Fives Best Ideas Of The Day, Garbage Day, Girls' Night In, Hacker News, Hand-Picked, Internet Brunch, Jocelyn K. Glei, Journal, Lily Lines, Links, Links I Would Gchat You, Longform, Lorem Ipsum, Matt's Thoughts In Between, Media Genius, Milk, No Sugar, Monday Musings, Morning Brew, Muck Rack Daily, Need2Know, Newley's Notes, Next Draft, Nisha's Internet Tote Bag, Noah Kalina, Non-Obvious, Nonostantement, Noticing, Numlock News, P.S. You Should Know, Platformer, Pluralistic, Pop Culture Happy Hour, PopBitch, Public Announcements, Recomendo, Ritholtz's Reads, Rusty's Electric Dreams, Secret Email Club, Sentiers, Shit from the Internet, Slugs, Spark Edition, Storythings, Strands of Genius, Swissmiss, TMN Headlines, Techmeme, Tedium, The Ann Friedman Weekly, The Breads, The Collected AHP, The Cramm, The Daily Respite, The Friyay Fuel, The Good Trade, The Highlighter, The Hustle Daily, The Land Of Random, The Media Today, The Monday Medley, The Morning Missive, The Skimm, The Sunday Long Read, The TueDo List, The What, The Whippet, Today In Tabs, Tom Scott, WTF Just Happened Today?, Warning: Graphic Content, Weekly Filet, Welcome To Hell World, What Happened Last Week?, Why Is This Interesting?.

We know there are more great newsletters out there. Let us know what else we should include.

HOW IT WORKS

We subscribe to newsletters that fit the following criteria:

  • Publish anywhere from daily to bi-weekly
  • The primary purpose is to share links
  • The majority of links are to other places
  • It leans towards general interest, not about niche topic

The newsletter is 100% automated. Every hour, a Google Script runs that parses the links from the emails and saves them to a log dump. Every day, another script runs that checks the last few emails from each sender, and updates a denylist to exclude links that are repeated in the newsletter (e.g., links to socials). Links to the newsletter's domain (i.e. self-promotion) are filtered out.

Data for the charts are computed, including a a 7-day rolling average of rate of newsletter appearances. Title tags are grabbed from the links meta data, and common nouns are extracted here, and randomly chosen to create the subject line. Finally, all the content is rendered (daily to this page, and weekly to an email blast).

This experimental newsletter is brought to you by Russell Goldenberg and The Pudding. Feedback -> sup@pudding.cool. Mailbox by Art by Joan G. Stark via the ASCII Art Archive. Available as RSS feed.

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