Here’s a few things I’ve come across recently that are worth a click:
• Mashable has an interesting interview with Matthew Inman, the creator of The Oatmeal, about how he does his work and why he thinks his site has become one of the most popular humor sites on the web in less than two years since its launch.
• The Cheezburger Network, also known as the guys behind such Internet phenomenons as LOLCats and FailBlog (and whose founder I previously wrote about here), have raised a whopping $30 million to expand their crowd-sourced Internet dominance. This article has the details, including an interesting revelation that “only about one percent of the content that comes into the various hubs the company operates — there are more than 50 of them in all — gets used on the websites. The rest winds up being used for merchandise related to the sites, such as T-shirts, laptop stickers and so on.”
• In something of a landmark for the Sundance Film Festival, the comedy The Woods became the first ever film funded by Kickstarter to make it into the festival. The film’s director was able to raise more than $11,000 on Kickstarter from 95 different contributors in order to get his film made.
• There’s a bit of a chicken and egg argument to be had here, but a new study has found that the more Twitter followers you have, the more you tweet. Or, to look at it another way, the more you tweet, the more followers you get. Another interesting finding from the study is the fact that the top 10 percent of Twitter users produce 86% of all the tweets on the service.
• HP teamed up with the UCB Theater to put on an interesting promotional stunt in which improv comedians performed sketches live on YouTube based on suggestions emailed in from viewers. Not sure the promotion was a slam dunk exactly, but it was an interesting effort nonetheless.
• This one’s not directly comedy related, but could be applicable. The band Social Distortion has tried an interesting distribution strategy with their new album, allowing fans to lower the price of their album by listening to the full album streaming on their site before they buy it. It’s an interesting strategy to emphasize the full album in a world that’s now dominated by singles downloads.
• Finally, I’d like to invite all of my new readers to check out my own personal blog at JoshSpector.com, where you can find all sorts of non-comedy related nonsense in addition to the occasional comedy stuff as well.
Looking for more? Check out my previous Quick Clicks posts.