I’m not going to claim I invented the word “listicle.” But I saw it mentioned by the “horned one” over at Macworld magazine who calls himself Macalope, a nom-de-plume for someone who writes humorous and thought-provoking pieces largely focusing on the foibles of the media in dealing with Apple.
The meaning of listicle is pretty much implied by the word, which combines list and article. So it’s a 10 best list, a 10 worst list — well you get the picture. It’s also a fast and dirty way to put something together and get some attention. Of course some of those lists are just too lame to take seriously.
So you have articles about the ten things that Android does that you cannot do on an iPhone, but you end up with features that you normally wouldn’t give a second glance to. Take some of the junk that Samsung dumped into the Galaxy S4 smartphone, some of which works only part of the time or not at all.