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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 111 awesome newsletters.


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)_/¯.


In the past week we found 2,956 unique links from 219 emails, sourcing from 92 newsletters.

The most linked story of the week was Among the Insurrectionists.

As seen in 9 newsletters; HRDlist, Links, Longform, Muck Rack Daily, Public Announcements, Ritholtz's Reads, TMN Headlines, The Sunday Long Read.



Sourcing from the following newsletters: 10 Things, 5 Smart Reads, 5-Bullet Friday, API Need To Know, Arts and Leisure Daily, Austin Kleon, Axios Log-In, Axios World, BNet, Benedict Evans, Big Technology, Brain Food, Brain Pickings, Brass Ring Daily, Briefing Day, Bullet Points, Bullets, Creative Mornings, Curiosity Weekly, CuriosityPill, Curious Electric News, Deez Links, Digg, Electric Speed, Elevator, Fair Warning, Finding Beauty, FinkedIn Dispatch, Five Links, Five Things, Fives Best Ideas Of The Day, Garbage Day, Girls' Night In, HRDlist, Hacker News, Here For It, Internet Brunch, Jocelyn K. Glei, Just Good Shit, Laura Olin, Lily Lines, Link Me Up Scotty!, Links, Links I Would Gchat You, Longform, Lorem Ipsum, Matt's Thoughts In Between, Media Genius, Milk, No Sugar, Modern Adventuress, Monday Musings, Morning Brew, Muck Rack Daily, Need2Know, Newley's Notes, Nisha's Internet Tote Bag, No Complaints, Noah Kalina, Non-Obvious, Nonostantement, Numlock News, Platformer, Pluralistic, Pop Culture Happy Hour, PopBitch, Public Announcements, Radio Lab, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Recomendo, Reply All, Ritholtz's Reads, Rusty's Electric Dreams, Semi-Rad, Sentiers, Shelter, Shit from the Internet, Sidebar, Slugs, Spark Edition, Storythings, Strands of Genius, Swissmiss, TLDR, TMN Headlines, Techmeme, Tedium, The Ann Friedman Weekly, The Breads, The Collected AHP, The Cramm, The Daily Respite, The Good Trade, The Highlighter, The Hustle Daily, The Land Of Random, The Lunch Read, The Media Today, The Monday Medley, The Morning Missive, The Roundup, The Skimm, The Sunday Long Read, The Whippet, Today In Tabs, WTF Just Happened Today?, Warning: Graphic Content, Weekly Filet, Welcome To Hell World, What Happened Last Week?, Why Is This Interesting?, Yesterday's Newsletter.

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


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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