A pandemic (from Greek πᾶν pan "all" and δῆμος demos "people") is a disease epidemic that has spread across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or...
A pandemic (from Greek πᾶν pan "all" and δῆμος demos "people") is a disease epidemic that has spread across a large region; for instance multiple continents, or worldwide.
A widespread endemic disease that is stable in terms of how many people are getting sick from it is not a pandemic. Further, flu pandemics generally exclude recurrences of seasonal flu. Throughout history, there have been a number of pandemics, such as smallpox and tuberculosis. One of the most devastating pandemics was the Black Death, which killed an estimated 75–200 million people in the 14th century. The current pandemics are HIV/AIDS and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Other recent pandemics include the 1918 influenza pandemic (Spanish flu) and the 2009 flu pandemic (H1N1).
We changed our name to Upcarta (previously LindyFeed).
Upcarta is a social platform for discovering great content to read, listen to, or watch next. And to achieve it, it leverages the guidance of people whom we respect and trust.
The Lindy Effect was the inspiration behind the name LindyFeed. Lindy Effect means that the more some non-perishable thing – like a book – survives through time, the more chances of survival it has in the future.
This term inspired us because the stuff that has endured the test of time has higher chances of providing value than recent ones. And picking better books, podcasts, videos, articles can profoundly affect our lives and decisions.
Yet, the creation date of content was never a criterion on LindyFeed. People may recommend any content they deem worthy – which also helps with serendipitous discovery. People trying new things is the driver of progress.
Although some people loved the name, few others found it confusing, as some curations on the platform were not tested by time yet. We decided to change our name to end this confusion as we are still early on our journey.
The inspiration behind Upcarta is "Carta", a word that is etymologically related to "map". And Upcarta implies the social mapping of meaningful content – kind of like a social backlinking system.