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New Streamy
October 13, 2008

Hey friends, it’s been a long time since we last reached out to you.  We hope you haven’t forgotten about our promise.  What we have been working on is building the finest newsreader available, and that requires a couple things, which have taken time.  Let’s take a closer look at where we are now.

Think of your favorite blog, news site, or social network, and you’ll probably envision lists of stories that outline what’s happening and who’s reporting it.  We call these streams, and there are an enormous number of them, all pumping away feeding the web more and more information.

How do you find the few gems that you care about?  How do you know what your friends enjoyed today, so that you can have a conversation?  How do you share the great stories you find with groups and pitch in your own opinions?

You may have found ways to share and discuss in the past, but there are new concepts that really improve the experience: context and personalization.  The beginning of the web marked innovations in hypertext and commerce, which grew into communities and communication.  Standing on those shoulders, through advances in technology and understanding, personal relevancy is at hand.

Streamy intends to make the web relevant to you.  This isn’t just about news, or just about the little things that are going on among friends – it’s about, as a cohesive whole, what’s going on and why it matters to you.

This brings us to the core of Streamy: streams, subscriptions, conversations, and services.  Streams, as mentioned, are the veins that channel content throughout the web, and we enable you to filter, mix and match them.  Subscriptions are your connections to the sources of those streams – traditionally to news and magazines, then blogs, and now individual people and groups.  Conversations are possibly the most exciting element of Streamy, because they take something the web was built for, communication, and weave it into the streams themselves, as comments, personal replies, shares, instant messages, and group chats.  Services tie Streamy to the rest of the web.  While most of our streams are fed by blogs and news sites, there are streams of news from your friends and groups elsewhere.  These services, like Twitter, Facebook, and Digg, also allow you to share stuff you discover on Streamy with your friends everywhere.

Focusing on these pillars has allowed us to purify the technical challenges we have faced and respond by creating high quality proprietary systems.  What this means to you, finally, is that the vapor is clearing and we can deliver what many of you have gotten excited about over the last year. You’ll hear from us again this week.

DM

I’ve attached a screenshot of our Subscriptions app. Check it out 🙂

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