the gig economy
If you hired a TaskRabbit in D.C. in the last two weeks and got someone wearing a skirt suit and a long-suffering facial expression, we might’ve found the answer.
Fast Company points to a rather boastful TaskRabbit tweet from yesterday evening, in which the odd-jobs platform disclosed an unusually large number of signups during the first days of the shutdown. Don’t tell the dysfunction fetishists, or we’ll never hear the end of it.
Love in the Time of Algorithms
Congress may have turned off the federal government, but it appears its jilted employees are more turned on than ever–and they’re finding satisfaction online in various ways.
First, the Internet caught wind of a series of Craigslist personal ads in which people purporting to be federal staffers sought consummation, sometimes for cash. Even some private-sector employees heroically put their pudenda on the line.
It begins! Twitter is scheduled to make its IPO filing public this week. [Quartz]
If it nails it, Pinterest has a pretty lucrative future in advertising. Customers coming from the site spent roughly $180 on ecommerce sites — more than triple than Facebook users. [Wall Street Journal]
If the government shuts down, the Library of Congress and National Park Service websites would also shutter. [ArsTechnica]
Aol is returning to television with an ad campaign promoting its new, pre-bundled package website called Gathr. But you’ll only see them in Atlanta, Seattle and Minneapolis. [AllThingsD]
Apple is the most valuable brand in the land, finally knocking those jerks at Coca-Cola from the top slot. [New York Times]