. . . Wednesday March 23, 2005

More We News

Here’s another group news site called NowPublic.com:

Technology has broken the corporate news monopoly. Digital cameras, camera phones, blogs, and RSS put the tools of the news trade into the hands of the public, and now real news comes from real people everywhere. Now you can demand coverage of the stories you care about—all you need is nowPublic.

Here public demand launches investigations. Assignments come from people on the ground, insiders, community leaders. Footage comes from eye witnesses, citizen reporters, people close to the real story. It’s open source news, and even in its infancy it’s richer, faster, more powerful than the infotainment it replaces.

Sounds like an interesting model. Maybe I am more of an egomaniac that the next blogger, but I’ve always sort of seen the personal publishing revolution as an opportunity to build a personal brand at one’s own site as opposed to being a part of a group project under an umbrella brand. Maybe a little (or a lot) of both is the answer.

More than anything, it’s great to see that user created content – once the most promising and exciting element of the web – is back in the limelight where it belongs.

Concentration is important!