at MetaFilter tonight might help me over the plateau I’ve reached in my guitar self-instruction: How to Fake It: Playing Blues to Impress Your Friends. Cool.
Webby Award nominations. Others have said plenty about this, although for the record I think it’s perfectly appropriate for Fray to have been included in the community category. At the same time, I agree that it was a drastic oversight that MetaFilter wasn’t included. There are several other community sites that I would also have liked to have seen – and I find it interesting that no old guard VC sites were included. Last year’s winner (Cafe Utne) came from the old school.
over at Automatic-media is getting interesting. They’ve plasticized Feed, meaning that they’ve added a weblog using the Plastic (Slash-based) tools. Of course this sparked quite a discussion, because notwithstanding Stefanie Syman’s explanation, people are confused.
I get the confusion – the new front page design leaves something to be desired in terms of the clarity of presentation. There could (and probably should) be a clearer distinction between the long-form original Feed content and the back-to-the-future Filter stuff.
Some have also shown some hostility, though – that I don’t get. Whether you like the execution of the new model or not, it’s pretty clearly a step forward. The days of atomized, standalone sites are over. MetaFilter’s shared registration database (with the 5K contest) is one example that’s been around for a while. Feed/Plastic/Automatic-Media have just taken it to the next level.
I like the idea of a media company giving a diverse range of users a layered experience by working the connection – and the differences – between sites. There will be multiple ways of getting at content, and each person, depending on their own habits, will be able to follow their own path to what they want. This happens through preferences and such, but also through actually opening new doors as well. Blowing away the idea that each person has one way that they always want to approach things.
For a lot of people that might not make much sense. Especially for those who expect that better algorithms alone are the critical factor in this area. That assumes, though, that algorithms are the problem in the first place – a dangerous assumption to make.
Found via MetaFilter: the one truly sane company with respect to trademark usage on a non-corporate website. If you’ve ever been pissed off at Mattel for closing down some little girl’s website, or if you fired off an angry email to e-Toys over their scandalous mis-handling of the ETOY matter, take a look and smile. And don’t let the bastards get you down.
two nifty buttons to promote the Metafilter Scholarship. Personally, I prefer the second one.
Especially the frame with the guy lighting the spliff.