We’ve been heads-down this week in the newsroom; working toward the big picture while getting the paper out.
We have a seasonal mantra in the shop, “summer of scoops,” and it’s straightforward: We want to break a bunch of important stories about internet culture this summer and leverage that reporting weight to build trust with our regulars.
Some numbers to that end: last week was a great one for audience building, with 16.5 million pageviews at the Daily Dot across our channels (Facebook Instant Articles, Google Discover, Apple News, etc.) That’s from 6.5 million unique visitors.
OK but let’s look more closely: 30,000 readers visited our home page and 857,000 of you read more than two stories. That’s intentional scrolling.
Those are the people who move our whole operation forward with their continued curiosity about, as we love to call it, the frontline of online. To that end: Thanks for thumbing through the ol' website. But in case you missed it, here are 5 good scoops from a week spent lamenting our crypto portfolios:
From Charlotte Colombo: “A number of Black influencers say they have lost income and career opportunities after Snapchat removed their verification status for actions that white influencers have purportedly gone unpunished for.”
From Braden Bjella: There is an online motion to fade the term “PTO request.” I support this: Let’s call them “PTO filings”; it’s your paid time off—don’t ask to use it. (But please do give your manager a heads’ up so that they can add it to the staff G-Cal with some lead time).
From David Covucci: Someone at Customs & Border Protection, a non-partisan government agency, donated to a GoFundMe raising money for Trump’s wall.
From Claire Goforth: Fringe right-wingers are suddenly obsessed with Pizza Hut.
From Tricia Crimmins: Why the hell is Amazon asking women for driver’s license information just so they can buy a pregnancy test online? Amazon told us this was an “error” and that they fixed it.
— Ramon Ramirez