Posted by: Rob Hof on May 3, 2005
Ross Mayfield notes that Backfence.com has just launched. It’s a collection of Web sites for local cities—so far, just McLean and Reston, Va.—with what cofounders Mark Potts and Susan DeFife hope will be hyperlocal news, information, services, and discussion, all contributed by volunteers in each community. It’s nicely done. Now, we’ll see if it can get traction.
Hope so. As Ross notes, the point of Backfence.com and other sites still to come isn’t to replace mainstream media. It’s to discover and publish information that newspapers can’t afford to cover. I’d describe it this way, but I might scream if I hear that phrase again.