When Paul first pitched me his 9rules idea last March while down in Tampa, I think today was the day that he envisioned. We originally had no homepage, then a homepage with just links, then a homepage with just a big list of sites, then a homepage with sites grouped by tags, and now today we release the current iteration of our website which tacks on two brand new sections called 9rules Communities and 9rules Featured and few thousand pages of content updated daily. So what’s the deal? Read on.
Normally when you read a blog entry title like “Flock Scraps It All” you’d think it was just troll bait or a joke, but I don’t think it is this time. I just got done reading “…Wanted to Destroy Something Beautiful” by Flocker Chris Messina, and I get the impression that the team is throwing their Flock browser into the scrap pile and starting something brand new. Let’s hope their investors were consulted first 😉
Chris’ entry is pretty nebulous, so what do you guys think it means?
The 2005 year was really big for lots of people and companies, and I think 2006 is going to be even better. Here are my predictions for the upcoming year.
Kinja is the Nick Denton project from early 2004 that, paraphrased from his own words, didn’t quite make it. It lags behind the other Gawker properties by a hefty amount of traffic and just never got off the ground the way Nick, Meg or the web industry envisioned it would. Denton felt it was a flop, but in many ways its business goals and technology were far ahead of its time. If Kinja were launched/re-launched now it would need to compete with the likes of Bloglines, My Yahoo!, My Web 2.0, Delicious (okay, so all of Yahoo!) and a host of other “web 2.0” aggregators and homepages. Here are some key elements that, if executed properly, might make Kinja mighty again.
I was a beta tester for Squidoo early on, and honestly, I still have no clue about what it does. People can run their own weblogs, so why write on Squidoo? People want to determine their own content types, so why only stick to the “modules” Squidoo provides? I don’t get it, but maybe lots of other people do and I’m in the minority. Either way, I got this funny email from the Squidoo beta team just this morning and I thought I’d republish it to see if you guys got the same kick out of it: