David vs. Googliath
If you’re a total loser in the school department, have no fear: Google has found that people who perform well in terms of GPAs, test scores and in-interview brain-teasers aren’t always the best employees.
The New York Times sat down with Laszlo Block, senior V.P. of people operations at Google, and he spilled the deets on the data behind Google’s hiring process. It turns out, there’s no foolproof way to measure hiring success and brainteasers are kind of a sadistic crock.
Last week, Read It Later—the site and app that, like Instapaper, allows readers to “save” articles for later revisiting—released a series of charts in conjunction with long-form writing aggregator LongReads detailing statistics they had gathered over 2011. The first chart was of the “Most Saved” authors on the internet.
The second chart was far more telling: Those whose articles were both saved and eventually revisited by those who had saved them. In other words, they build a chart of some of the most actually-read individual writers on the internet, and at the top of that list was Deadspin blogger and columnist Drew “Balls Deep” Magary, whose cult following netted the (in equal measures, profane and profound) writer a book deal and bylines with the likes of GQ.
We wanted to know: What’s it like to be the most actually-read* author on the internet? So, we asked. And he answered: