Introducing Instant Articles

Michael Reckhow, Facebook, May 13, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Facebook is today launching its 'instant articles' service. This is an application of the idea of Facebook hosting publisher content natively (that way, you don't need the internet to access the content, you just need Facebook (there's no way that could go wrong, is there?)). It's Facebook's response to net neutrality (which it doesn't really like at all). "Along with a faster experience, Instant Articles introduces a suite of interactive features that allow publishers to bring their stories to life in new ways. Zoom in and explore high-resolution photos by tilting your phone." (My emphasis) I have no idea how I would link to these articles to share them with you - which I also think is part of the point. Who needs OLDaily, when you have Facebook?

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