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BuzzFeed laid off its Director of Quizzes because lots of people are willing to make quizzes for free

By Nieman Lab

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  • The teen community quiz creator from Michigan commented on this, and she feels terrible about how this turned out: https://twitter.com/rachelmcmaho/status/1090029099903524864?s=21

    I wonder how many active community creators BuzzFeed risks losing because of these comments?

  • "It’s kinda amazing how much revenue-generating traffic the site gets from unpaid community volunteers."

  • I see BuzzFeed is going all old school HuffPo, making coin on the backs of the unpaid masses. I'm imagining the latest incarnation of the Huffington Post has kept its blogging platform on standby should the need arise.

  • “....[Of] the top 15 ‘Trending Quizzes’ on BuzzFeed right now, 12 were written by ‘ Community Contributors’ rather than BuzzFeed staffers.”

    Just like the author, I wasn’t aware of the scale of it either. Wonder if this knowledge will unconsciously impact my choices when quiz-taking going forward.

  • All content’s value is tenuous. Even this article.

  • It seems that BuzzFeed raised too much money, hired too many people, and could not bring in enough revenue. Although start-ups struggle and redefine hiring needs, there is an appropriate response and planning to layoffs, and their team seems to be struggling with a "PR Nightmare".

  • When everyone was on the “Poor youngsters: they’re being exploited even worst than our grandparents!”, that generation of young adults changing the world media one quizz of cat memes at a click, companies from very long existences were fading thanks to the rapidly and fast evolving mkt solutions recommended

    When everyone was on the “Poor youngsters: they’re being exploited even worst than our grandparents!”, that generation of young adults changing the world media one quizz of cat memes at a click, companies from very long existences were fading thanks to the rapidly and fast evolving mkt solutions recommended from both Facebook and BuzzFeed. Then, mogul size corporations tried to cash in an emerging revenue from their very own market. Then: the real competitive market made the dream even clear: it as possible to actually gain money while the kids were doing much less for a task older professionals weren’t even prepared to face.

    This is a chronological events list where only money played a significant role, and if something is real y es the lack of honesty but a at the same time, one hell of an example of entitlement developed in those jobs that shaped a community culture with all the value but the strong communicational skills, simply mishandled.

  • Job security is becoming a thing of the past !

  • Kirlene Cowan, job security has never been a "thing of the past", unless you count the post WW II economy that lasted about 20-30 years when unions were how people kept their jobs. Of course, the unions forced companies to go elsewhere or made foreign companies able to successfully compete (see Japanese

    Kirlene Cowan, job security has never been a "thing of the past", unless you count the post WW II economy that lasted about 20-30 years when unions were how people kept their jobs. Of course, the unions forced companies to go elsewhere or made foreign companies able to successfully compete (see Japanese auto makers in the 70's). Market forces in a free economy will always find "true north". If anyone is not pulling their own weight in a company, they can eventually expect to be cut out of the production picture.

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