- I made the scarecrow: Etsy, once the province of the handmade, is now hooking up crafters with manufacturers. Watch for more big players to play this middle-man role with the unique, small maker crowd.
- Crow control: Twitter's letting select users and verified accounts use polls directly in tweets (an option previously only available in Twitter cards).
- Counting Crows? YouTube's ad-free subscription service--bundled with its music streaming service--rolls out in October.
- I ain't afraid of no crows: Here's how to be a guest writer on popular sites from HBR.com to Mashable. Submit bravely.
- Where'd all the crows go? 58 percent of app users become inactive users in the first 30 days.
- Where can I buy a scarecrow? Twitter is making its "buy" button more widely available, if you have stuff to sell, and YouTube is headed in the same direction.
- If I only had a heart: The latest in creative use of archival matter: Esquire Archive, a new standalone digital archive from the magazine. One thousand issues, 50,000 articles, going right back to the beginning in the 1930s, it's available for monthly or annual subscription.
- If they only had a brain: Twitter is thinking about eliminating the 140-character limit. Seriously, Twitter, don't mess this up.
- Old Crow Medicine Show: This week, my Moderating Panels blog looked at the moderator's *other* job, calling on the audience. This blog shared data and insights from That time @AmySchumer broke my Facebook page,
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