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January 04, 2007
Daylife: Could Use Some Daylight
After loads of anticipation and delays, Daylife (backed by Dave Winer, Michael Arrington, and Craig Newmark among others with consultation from Jeff Jarvis) is live, at least in beta. As a news aggregation service, it seems bright and serviceable. (Loads of photos and nontraditional navigational prompts.) Though Arrington is disappointed, noting in particular the lack of RSS and comments.
But as to how it plans to fulfill the goals that the backers had discussed in the past and outline here ("Develop new models for funding journalism, Make the news ecosystem more transparent and self-correcting, for the benefit of all involved")....I agree with Liz Gannes, I am still a bit lost.
Maybe it would help if the people behind it explained a little more where they are in the process of developing it.
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I've yet to see any of these news sites pull off a successful interface. Whether it's the new WSJ, Newsvine, Digg, Netscape, or any other site, the one missing ingredient is "super customization". For example, when it comes to sports, I want general sports information and detailed information about "my" teams. The same is true of business: General business information and then detailed information about the stocks I own. And so on...No site has brought it all together.
It appears that no one site is on the right path.
Posted by: Ken Leebow at January 4, 2007 04:49 PM