LinkedIn to support Instant Articles?
There are a few troubling things about this Buzzfeed piece saying that LinkedIn is creating their "own version" of Instant Articles.
- Why their own version? Why not just use the one we're already creating for Facebook? We don't need to have a proliferation of mostly-compatible feed formats. IA is great. The guy who goes second gets to set the standard. Don't fork, emulate. Embrace without extending.
- And why just just with publishers? Why not talk with bloggers? I think ultimately this will be a similar kind of mistake to the ones that political parties made. Publishers are like big donors. Bloggers are equivalent to voters and grassroots organizers.
- The bloggers haven't gone away, big platform people, it's just that you don't see them because your platforms aren't accommodating us. If you tweak things, just a little, you'll find we're even better friends than the big publishers. Get your thinking out of the 20th century box.