Summly’s Nick D’Aloisio On Yahoo’s Approach To Ephemerality, And Its Startup Mentality

Regardless of whether you think Summly was worth the money Yahoo spent acquiring it, you have to admire this young lad. He’s intelligent, well-spoken and seems to have a clear grasp of where technology currently is and will be heading:

What D’Aloisio says he realized about Summly is that it’s about “constraining … the entropy you have in the content,” and that there’s an expectation among readers now that people do this kind of thing by default for anything they’re required to engage with for longer than two minutes. This is tied inextricably to the rise of transience in online content, he says, which implies such a high level of expendability in content that once it’s read, it’s considered immediately gone, in essence.