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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 105 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)_/¯.

2020-08-14 DIGEST: DRIVERS, STATES, AND MEMBERS

In the past week we found 2,940 unique links from 191 emails, sourcing from 71 newsletters.

The most linked story of the week was Facebook Fired An Employee Who Collected Evidence Of Right-Wing Pages Getting Preferential Treatment.

As seen in 8 newsletters; API Need To Know, Axios Log-In, Benedict Evans, Muck Rack Daily, Next Draft, Techmeme, WTF Just Happened Today?.

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: 1440, 5 Smart Reads, 5-Bullet Friday, 5ish, A Cup of Jo, API Need To Know, Austin Kleon, Avios World, Axios Log-In, B3ta, Benedict Evans, Big Technology, Brain Food, Brain Pickings, Brass Ring Daily, Briefing Day, Creative Mornings, CuriosityPill, Curious Electric News, Daily Dose, Data is Plural, Deez Links, Digg, Drinking From The Firehose, Electric Speed, Elevator, Everything in Moderation, Finding Beauty, Fives Best Ideas Of The Day, Fresh Garbage, Garbage Day, Girls' Night In, HRDlist, Hacker News, Here For It, Imperica, Inside Daily Brief, Internet Brunch, Jocelyn K. Glei, Just Good Shit, Katexic Clippings, Laura Olin, Lily Lines, Link Me Up Scotty!, Links I Would Gchat You, Longform, Lorem Ipsum, Matt's Thoughts In Between, Media Genius, Monday Musings, Morning Brew, Muck Rack Daily, Need2Know, Next Draft, Noah Kalina, Nonostantement, Numlock News, Pluralistic, Pop Culture Happy Hour, Public Announcements, Radio Lab, Recomendo, Reply All, Ritholtz's Reads, Rusty's Electric Dreams, Semi-Rad, Sentiers, Shelter, Shit from the Internet, Sidebar, Slugs, Spark Edition, Swissmiss, TLDR, Techmeme, The Ann Friedman Weekly, The Breads, The Collected AHP, The DO Newsletter, The Daily Respite, The Five Seven, The Friyay Fuel, The Good Trade, The Hustle Daily, The Interface, The Land Of Random, The Lunch Read, The Media Today, The Morning Missive, The Newsette, The Roundup, The Skimm, The Spoon, The Sunday Long Read, The Week That Was, The What List, The Whippet, Three Banana Thursday, Vox Sentences, WTF Just Happened Today?, Warning: Graphic Content, Weekly Filet, Weekly Thing, Welcome To Hell World, 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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