Here's an interesting piece from The Atlantic on the New York Times' 10 most visited stories of 2013
At No.1 was an interactive quiz on dialect inspired by a North Carolina State University quiz. The interactive won't have taken long to whip into shape - no reams of research, just a simple idea, easy to execute and incredibly effective.
The Atlantic writer points out though, that the NYT missed a crucial opportunity with the piece that clocked in at No.6. The Scientific 7-Minute Workout illustrates 12 exercises, which put the latest fitness research into practice using only body weight, a chair and a wall.
Wouldn't that make a perfect smartphone app?
Yes, but the NYT didn't think of it - and they missed out on essential ad revenue as a result.
The Atlantic kindly converted the NYT's top 10 list into links:
- “How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk”
- “Blasts at Boston Marathon Kill 3 and Injure 100”
- “2nd Bombing Suspect Caught After Frenzied Hunt Paralyzes Boston”
- “My Medical Choice,” by Angelina Jolie
- “Plea for Caution From Russia,” by Vladimir Putin
- “The Scientific 7-Minute Workout”
- “Site of the Explosions at the Boston Marathon”
- “Invisible Child”
- “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food”
- “Cardinals Pick Bergoglio, Who Will Be Pope Francis”