Without fail, the moment I wonder why I wade through countless MetaFilter posts (as I have been happily doing for ages), some wonderful person comes along and compiles a post like this: TV, When It Rocked and Rolled. Dear MetaFilter – you’re still one of the greatest things ever on the web.
It’s hardly news, but Matt Haughey (and the team – Josh Millard, Jessamyn West, and Paul Bausch) has build one of the web’s great online communities over the years. In the last little while, they have been quietly adding a raft of really great community-building features.
One example unveiled today: Profile Photos of MeFites – succinctly introduced by Matt: “updated nightly, a dump of everyone’s uploaded profile photo”. Doesn’t seem like much, perhaps, compared to the latest chump-biting app from Facebook (!) or whatever – but the sum of this plus the rest of the new features is far greater than the parts. In a web full of “communities” that seem to be defined as narrowly and shallowly as possible, MetaFilter is a beacon of what the “social web” can be.
: 09.11.01: first thoughts. Rebecca is an uncommonly clear and reasonable thinker. Her posts at MetaFilter have been excellent as well.