We’re not sure what to expect from Gawker.com everyday, but we like it. The weblog gossip magazine of Mahattan is a brisk, colorful and sharp take on the things that make living in that city unique. Subjects, ranging from the design of the subway map to savory bonfires of the vanities, paint a larger but delightfully digestible picture of the world’s most interesting city.
The project is published by Nick Denton who sees the blog as the “New York Observer, crossed with Jim Romenesko’s MediaNews.” It’s a bizarre mix but one perfectly suited to a medium that empowers new perspectives to flourish.
This nanopublishing (a term coined by Jeff Jarvis) approach is ripe for development and innovation, which is what Denton is trying to do (as in his other project, Gizmodo). It will be interesting to see what new ideas will spring from the streets of New York
As more of the first-person singular thin media sites launch, there will be a need to tie them together in a meaningful way. Denton’s Lafayette Project aims to do just that, albeit in a more meta way. Denton says it will “mine the editorial selections and commentary on weblogs to produce an improved personalized news service to consumers.” With Meg Hourihan and Cameron Marlow on board, this is surely a key project to watch in 2003.