These days, it’s hard to believe there was a time when the Web wasn’t driven by community. But hasn’t always been like this. And in the early days of the Web, one site in particular—which happens to have Portland ties—stood out as a engaging, nontoxic, supportive community. A role it still plays even today. That site is MetaFilter. And they could use our help.
It’s such a common refrain, that it’s become a running joke in startup circles. “How are you going to make money?” “We’re going to sell ads.” But happy flukes like Flappy Bird aside, the golden age of Web properties continuing to make viable revenues off ad networks is rapidly coming to an end. And no story describes this trajectory more clearly than Oregon-based Matt Haughey‘s recent write up on his project, MetaFilter. Read More
Without a doubt, one of the most amazing sites on the Web has to be MetaFilter. And I’m not just saying that because of the Portland connection. I’m saying that because it was one of the very first “Weblogs,” making it the grandaddy of everything you read here. And for every comment you read here—because they were one of the first sites with comments. I’d also argue that AskMetfilter is still more amazing than Quora… Read More
I’m convinced that we wouldn’t be here blogging and tweeting and whatnot without the magic of one site. That site is MetaFilter.
MetaFilter introduced me to the concept of blogging. Ten years ago. And continues to be a source of inspiration for what can be done with community. And best of all? It’s a product of Oregon.
But today, my story about MetaFilter is less about technology, and more about founder Matt Haughey, who is being rushed in for emergency brain surgery on Friday. [UPDATE] There is the possibility that the “brain lump” may respond to a hormone treatment, as such Matt Haughey’s surgery has been delayed. Read More
One of the most widely read yet least often recognized as a product of the good old Silicon Forest has to be MetaFilter, the quintessential Weblog of random facts and finds. And while we should be proud of MetaFilter as a product of Oregonian ingenuity for any number of reasons, I’ve got one more reason to add to the list: MetaFilter just turned 10 years old.
A blog that’s been around for a decade? (TechCrunch, for example, is four years old.) That’s impressive for any project. Let alone a project that discusses everything from dinosaurs to blasphemy to the truly and completely random site. Read More
It’s that time again. Time for the Techvibes Portland Start-up Index, the monthly round up of Portland-area startup companies and products, ranked by the average of their Alexa and Compete rankings.
Admittedly a work-in-progress, the Portland Start-up Index often premieres “new” entries that have been—in actuality—heavy hitters for far longer than some of the “old” companies and products on the list.
So how did the rest of the startup scene fare this month?
Portland Start-up Index for August 2008
- Digital Trends
- Jive Software
- Earth Class Mail
- Gone Raw
- Active Reload
- Walker Tracker
- Art Face Off
- GoLife Mobile
- Jama Software
- Collaborative Software Initiative
- Box Populi
- IDP Solutions
- Worldwide Nest