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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 100 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)_/¯.

2021-04-11 DIGEST: FEET, BILLIONAIRES, AND MEN

In the past week we found 2,090 unique links from 173 emails, sourcing from 70 newsletters.

The most linked story of the week was A Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics.

As seen in 7 newsletters; Axios Log-In, Daily Pnut, Digg, Morning Brew, Muck Rack Daily, The Morning Missive, Today In Tabs.

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, 5 Smart Reads, 5-Bullet Friday, Arts and Leisure Daily, Austin Kleon, Axios Log-In, Axios World, BNet, Because The Internet, Below The Fold, Big Technology, Brain Food, Brain Pickings, Brass Ring Daily, Bullets, Creative Mornings, Curiosity Weekly, Daily Pnut, Deez Links, Digg, Domestic Data Streamers, Drinking From The Firehose, Electric Speed, Elevator, Fair Warning, Finding Beauty, Five Links, Five Things, Fives Best Ideas Of The Day, Garbage Day, Girls' Night In, Hacker News, Here For It, Internet Brunch, Journal, Just Good Shit, 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, Noah Kalina, Non-Obvious, Nonostantement, Noticing, Numlock News, Platformer, Pluralistic, Pop Culture Happy Hour, PopBitch, Public Announcements, Recomendo, Rusty's Electric Dreams, Secret Email Club, Semi-Rad, Sentiers, Shelter, Shit from the Internet, Sidebar, Slugs, Spark Edition, Storythings, Strands of Genius, Swissmiss, TLDR, Tedium, The Ann Friedman Weekly, The Breads, The Collected AHP, The Daily Respite, The Friyay Fuel, The Good Trade, The Highlighter, The Hustle Daily, The Land Of Random, The Lunch Read, The Monday Medley, The Morning Missive, The Roundup, The Skimm, The Sunday Long Read, The Whippet, Today In Tabs, 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.

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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