Here are a few selections (in no order) of great interaction on Kinja this month among our eight core titles, as sent to me by site leads.
Lifehacker: Our Hive Five feature did well as always, and we had some good categories. Best dumbphones, best meal planning app, best mobile hotspots, and—the most successful—the best standing desks. The "call for contenders" is done in Kinja, and while it never busts out pageview-wise, it's great for discussion and leads up to the "five best" roundup on the weekend, which does very well.We didn't have as many Ask an Expert Q&As this month, but this one on spinal health had a surprising amount of interaction, which was great.We also did a few "commentsicles," as usual, though fewer this month (for some reason). This one on car upgrades and tricks did really well and got a ton of responses, and this one about electronics starter kits was a bit more niche but turned out really well. I also moved our weekly Wallpaper Wednesday feature into Kinja last week, and it looks great in webchats! Response was mixed, but as you probably saw I started a discussion with product about it, so we'll see how that goes. At any rate I think it's much better this way—people being able to star up their favorites is pretty cool.
Deadspin: Two NFL players do a Kinja chat Author/former pitcher does a Kinja chat. Possibly gay, possibly blacklisted NFL player Kerry Rhodes does a Kinja chat. Runner who ate it on TV news shows up in the comments. Writer who knew Glenn Burke, the gay ballplayer, shares a couple anecdotes in Kinja.
Charles P. Pierce annotates his great old story about Magic Johnson/HIV, with bonus annotation from a columnist who's mentioned. Funny photoshop contest. Readers shared their heckling stories.
Kotaku: Our main Kinja efforts in February, aside from the normal daily splicing and rounding up of Talk Amongst Yourselves stories, involved a lot of well-received crowd-sourced list posts (notably, Kirk's were the most successful):
- http://kotaku.com/whats-the-wors… (3,667 replies!)
io9: This post on the link between True Detective and 19th century story The King in Yellow took the book from relative obscurity to Amazon's best seller list. io9-commenters also continued the analysis by digging up where some of the book's references came from.
This post directing readers to a site to download some free sci-fi/fantasy, generated enough traffic on the download site that they ended up asking if io9 would be able to host the downloads for them since the traffic was swamping their servers.
We had NASA-JPL's new Big Data team, a paleontologist who just discovered an ancient whale graveyard, a volcanologist who specializes in hazardous volcanoes, and author Tony Burgess in to answer reader questions.
An o-deck post on growing up as a creationist, posted in response to io9's coverage of the Bill Nye - Ken Ham creationism debate, added some interesting perspective to the debate.
Jalopnik: Terry Crews because, c'mon, what's a better get than that?
An entire story that wouldn't have existed without someone saying in the comments "Hey, I actually have this."
This great AMA with Hennessey.