The hottest Platforms Substack posts right now

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The Honest Broker • 23970 implied HN points • 22 Sep 23
  1. Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are becoming hostile towards writers, leading many to leave.
  2. Substack and similar platforms are providing alternative models that support writers and creators more effectively.
  3. The economics of social media platforms prioritize generating revenue from ads and scrolling, making it challenging for long-form content like articles to thrive.
The Intrinsic Perspective • 25658 implied HN points • 07 Jun 23
  1. Stop striving to create a perfect social media site - it's an unachievable goal.
  2. New social media platforms may start off well, but they often succumb to the same issues as existing ones.
  3. Human nature and the dynamics within social media make it challenging to design a platform that avoids negative behavior.
The Popehat Report • 4611 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. The Popehat Report is moving to Beehiiv, a different platform for blogs and newsletters.
  2. Ken White made the decision to switch platforms for several reasons, including the opportunity for design changes and a more 'bloggy' feel.
  3. The new platform will allow for easy subscription management and Ken White will still be present on Substack as a co-host on Serious Trouble.
Mostly Python • 1257 implied HN points • 29 Feb 24
  1. The author is moving their newsletter from Substack to Ghost as they feel Ghost is a better fit due to its focus on writing and its open-source foundation.
  2. It's important to consider the platform's business model when deciding on a service, as sustainable revenue streams can help avoid unwanted platform changes and dark patterns.
  3. Being able to export your data easily and understanding the platform's funding history are crucial factors to consider when choosing a service for the long term.
Glenn Greenwald • 4165 implied HN points • 11 Sep 23
  1. Glenn Greenwald's content moved from Substack to Rumble and Locals platforms for greater reach and independent journalism.
  2. Greenwald focuses on a 90-minute live nightly show called SYSTEM UPDATE, reaching a larger audience through videos and podcasts.
  3. Daily transcripts of the show are available to Locals subscribers, along with exclusive after-show sessions for audience engagement.
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Caitlin’s Newsletter • 544 implied HN points • 15 Mar 24
  1. Caitlin Johnstone now offers high-quality video versions of her articles for those who prefer video format.
  2. The videos feature subtitles, a reading of the articles by her husband Tim, relevant screenshots, and occasional light-hearted moments.
  3. Caitlin Johnstone also provides audio versions of her articles on platforms like Soundcloud, Spotify, and other major podcast platforms.
escape the algorithm • 579 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. Substack's network effects might be exaggerated: Data shows that most new subscribers come from sources other than Substack.
  2. Subscriber growth on Substack may not solely be due to Substack's technology: Many readers find newsletters due to recommendations from other writers or external sources.
  3. The power of a newsletter audience lies more in the people than the platform: Leaving Substack might not drastically impact growth as much as anticipated.
12challenges • 342 implied HN points • 26 Feb 24
  1. Personal websites provide a way to express oneself independently from big platforms like Instagram and TikTok.
  2. is a directory that helps users search across 7k+ personal sites to find interesting people directly.
  3. The platform combines content from '/about', '/now', and '/ideas' pages on personal sites to create a searchable place for connecting with fascinating individuals.
Why is this interesting? • 1628 implied HN points • 25 May 23
  1. The evolution of platforms can be a cycle: starting with user focus, then prioritizing business interests, and finally turning inward for maximum value.
  2. YouTube stands out as a platform that has maintained quality over the years despite criticism.
  3. YouTube offers a diverse range of content that appeals to various interests and preferences, making it a beloved platform for many users.
The J. Burden Show • 279 implied HN points • 25 Jan 24
  1. The user has appeared on several podcasts recently discussing topics like Christianity, conservatism, and current events on the Southern Border.
  2. The appearance span across different platforms including podcasts and Youtube, showing a diverse range of content and discussions.
  3. The user's work is reader-supported, encouraging subscriptions to receive new posts and support their efforts.
12challenges • 147 HN points • 07 Mar 24
  1. AI could threaten the $1 trillion adtech industry by reducing the number of ads we see, impacting both demand and supply sides.
  2. The availability of advertising space (inventory), which is essentially our attention sold by Big Tech, underpins the adtech industry's massive revenue.
  3. AI operating systems and advancements could play a major role in reducing ad consumption, potentially affecting giant tech companies like Meta and Alphabet.
Technology Made Simple • 119 implied HN points • 18 Mar 24
  1. When designing a live streaming platform like Twitch, key steps include ingestion, transcoding, packaging, CDN utilization, and database management.
  2. Challenges like low latency, scalability, and reliability must be addressed for the success of a live streaming platform.
  3. To enhance a streaming service further, consider advanced technologies like adaptive bitrate algorithms, advanced caching, and community features.
News Items • 235 implied HN points • 28 Jan 24
  1. Episode #7 of Night Owls podcast features John Ellis and Joe Klein discussing various topics like the New Hampshire primary, Nikki Haley, cyber-hacking of elections, deep fake audio/video, and Mark Zuckerberg.
  2. The podcast can be found on various platforms like Apple, Amazon, Spotify, and iHeart.
  3. Upcoming episodes of the podcast will feature guests like Rita Singh and Steve Coll, delving into voice profiling and the relationship between the United States and Saddam Hussein.
The Rectangle • 84 implied HN points • 01 Mar 24
  1. The Glasgow Willy Wonka Experience showcases the modern use of AI-generated content in marketing and event organization.
  2. AI can significantly lower the barrier of entry for individuals to create and promote businesses and events, potentially leading to unexpected outcomes like the Willy Wonka Experience.
  3. The story highlights the importance of having checks and balances in place when relying heavily on AI to prevent misguided or poorly executed ventures.
The GameDiscoverCo newsletter • 393 implied HN points • 13 Sep 23
  1. Unity announced changes to its game engine license pricing model based on 'number of installs of your game'.
  2. Unity's engine business for PC/consoles is less important financially compared to its mobile ads/mediation division.
  3. The new pricing model by Unity has caused dissatisfaction among developers, especially PC and console developers.
Talking Travel Writing • 117 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. Joining travel writing networks can boost your profile and help you get more commissions.
  2. TravMedia offers a community for travel writers and PR professionals to exchange news and build networks.
  3. KITI Social provides tools to help travel writers showcase their work, connect with others, and find work opportunities.
The Future, Now and Then • 168 implied HN points • 22 Dec 23
  1. Substack seems to be facing challenges in moderation due to their stance on Nazi content
  2. The author is considering moving off Substack due to potential issues with the platform's direction
  3. The author's blog has seen growth in readership and plans to focus more on a book project in the future
The Chancery Daily • 491 implied HN points • 15 May 23
  1. Leaving Twitter can be challenging due to personal, practical, and ideological reasons.
  2. Building a following on Twitter brought professional and personal growth, but also complexities and challenges to manage.
  3. Considering other platforms like Bluesky or the Fediverse, but recognizing the need to step back from short-form social media for mental health and productivity.
ceonyc • 471 implied HN points • 27 Jun 23
  1. Moving away from centralized platforms like Medium and Substack can offer more control over audience engagement and branding.
  2. Maintaining a direct relationship with your audience on your own site that you control can be beneficial in the long run.
  3. Audience growth and engagement may require more effort when transitioning between platforms, but the control and personal touch can be worth it.
quite useless • 353 implied HN points • 08 Apr 23
  1. Substack announced a new feature called Notes, prompting a negative response from Twitter.
  2. Twitter disabled embedding, likes, and retweets of Substack links, leading to backlash from Substack writers.
  3. The conflict between Substack and Twitter highlights the importance of understanding the nature of platforms and not alienating loyal users.
The GameDiscoverCo newsletter • 314 implied HN points • 26 Jun 23
  1. Steam's June Next Fest featured around 1,000 PC game demos with various top performers in different categories.
  2. Important points were highlighted in the ongoing FTC vs. Microsoft case, including PlayStation's role in Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda and Activision's revenue split tactics.
  3. Recent game platform and discovery news include Meta's VR subscription service, Nike's collaboration with Fortnite, and insights on Chinese game approvals.
Tech Buzz China Insider • 99 implied HN points • 09 Dec 23
  1. TikTok expanded its e-commerce business internationally, but faced challenges with live commerce in Western markets like the UK due to cultural differences and difficulty in replicating the success seen in China.
  2. There were issues with long delivery times, poor customer service, and cultural clashes within TikTok's e-commerce division in the UK, causing difficulties and staff turnover.
  3. Chinese cross-border e-commerce platforms are encountering challenges abroad due to changing regulations, such as increased postage costs, compliance requirements, and consumer protection concerns.
The GameDiscoverCo newsletter • 294 implied HN points • 14 Jun 23
  1. Pitch decks for video games should focus on the 'ask', studio experience, traction, and comps.
  2. Successful platforms like Steam prioritize developer-centric attitude, predictability, and consumer stickiness.
  3. Latest game discovery news includes Sony's PS5 cloud streaming, return of Indie MEGABOOTH, and various game-specific updates.
Platform Papers • 39 implied HN points • 14 Feb 24
  1. Digital platforms have to decide between focusing on blockbusters or long-tail content strategics based on their benefits. Blockbusters can drive significant traffic and users but may also intensify competition by monopolizing user attention.
  2. On crowdfunding platforms, blockbusters can have positive spillover effects by attracting attention and increasing funding for other projects. Related blockbusters have a stronger effect on a project than unrelated ones.
  3. For platforms or businesses, promoting blockbusters strategically can lead to increased user participation, spillover benefits, and competitive advantages. Leveraging blockbusters can drive growth and attract new users to a platform.
Daily Digest • 39 implied HN points • 08 Feb 24
  1. Prometheum is the first SEC-registered crypto platform offering Ether - a big step for integrating crypto with traditional finance.
  2. ERC-404 token emerged with unique hybrid properties, hitting a $170M market cap - showing a new trend in token creation.
  3. Ethereum's Dencun upgrade is in final testing, potentially enhancing efficiency and lowering transaction costs - a significant advancement for the platform.
Platform Papers • 39 implied HN points • 30 Jan 24
  1. In platform ecosystems, generativity plays a crucial role in driving innovation by allowing third-party developers to continuously create new offerings that enhance the core product's value over time.
  2. Balancing generativity is essential for platform success; too much generativity can lead to free-riding behavior where developers exploit the efforts of others, while the right amount can signal growth opportunities and encourage high-quality contributions.
  3. As platform ecosystems mature, business leaders and policymakers must navigate the challenges of maintaining a balance between positive reputation spillover effects and negative free-rider effects to ensure sustained innovation and user satisfaction.