Archive for August, 2007

Why We Won’t, and Don’t Intend to “Kill” Digg
August 17, 2007

The excitement and interest surrounding Streamy is incredible, and we’re excited to get you involved. A lot of people have been talking about our product, what it is, what it could be, why it will work, and why it won’t. In describing Streamy, one of the foremost comparisons that have been made is with Digg – the submit-and-vote social news site with a large, strong community.

Killing Digg is not our goal. Our goal is to bring you personally relevant news in an engaging, collaborative environment. That is not by any means mutually exclusive to a voting model.

Digg is a high-level social filter, and that’s part of Web 2.0. By social filter, I mean stories are deemed valuable when someone else interacts with them. While Streamy has a fantastic social filter – you can see what your friends are saving, sharing, and talking about – we aggregate many filters. Proof of this concept is the fact that you can read Digg RSS feeds on Streamy.com.

With that in mind, we do intend to kill the dry, boring RSS reader. I’m talking about the inbox-style RSS reader that is not intriguing, not social, and makes little or no attempt at personal relevance. We have created a system that aggregates syndicated content, channels it through your new and existing social networks, and creates a sum that is greater than its parts. Otherwise, as an aggregator, we do not replace tools – we mesh them into a new experience.

Descriptions of Streamy usually involve comparisons to several other websites. I can understand why – it’s easiest to think of something in terms of what you are familiar with, but it is misleading and daunting. We’re not just throwing things together that we think are cool. Really, you’d be surprised to find out how many features we worked on that were ripped back out again. We keep what we see as the best features of several services, because they work well together, and it makes sense.

Even then, our features are not replacements. Does the social aggregator replace the social network? We don’t think so, and we don’t have an interest in replacing proven and useful social tools. Basic services on the Web – messaging, “microblogging”, social networking, reading and writing – really do belong together, and we believe we are creating a sound solution.

More on this soon.

Don

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August Update
August 3, 2007

What we’re up to

The attention we got a few weeks ago was a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. We have been developing Streamy since the end of 2006, and have been trying to keep up with your interest in the product. We’re just a couple of guys fresh out of school who love what we do. We’re working as hard as we can to develop the best product we can.

We have a handful of testers who have been extremely helpful to us, and we’d like to thank them for their time, dedication, and curiosity. We have been bringing more people onto the site as we can handle them, and we have recently been ramping up capacity to continue that trend.

Given the interest we’ve seen, we’re going to offer invitations to some of the technology blogs who have given us coverage, so you’ll be seeing some of those in the next few days. If you are a member of the site, we’ll be giving you invitations for your friends. Otherwise, we’ll continue to go down our list of requests and honor them as soon as we can.

So, what is Streamy?

Read, share, and discuss the best stories on the Web.

Nice tagline, right?

We consolidate the stories, sites and people you care about into a real-time experience. Streamy presents items and events to you that are personally and professionally relevant so you can concentrate on what matters. To do this, we integrate the strengths of content, community, and context.

Our goal is to evolve the way you read and interact with news. We don’t believe any other products on the market have the capabilities that we do – yet. However, we are very aware of the need to continuously innovate and stay ahead of the game at all costs.

You can check out our (fairly dated) screencast here. We’ve come a long way since then, so if you know anyone interested in creating a new screencast for us, please let us know:)

Development

We’ve tried to scrap features that we think are redundant to other services so that we can offer you a pure and unique product, which incorporates these services. We have an aggressive plan to deploy new enhancements, features, and products, so be sure to check back here regularly. Feel free to drop us a comment; we’d love to talk to you.

Thanks!

Don