2 responses to “Are Real People Better Than Editors and Reporters?”

  1. Peter Rojas

    Hey, thanks for the post!

    To be clear, we don’t have editors for the same reason that Yelp and Facebook don’t have editors. Ultimately gdgt is a platform for gadget enthusiasts to discuss, share, and discover gadgets, it’s about enabling the users to connect with each other and share their thoughts and expertise.

  2. Pem McNerney

    I see the similarities to Yelp and Facebook. Still, when it comes to a content creation model, gdgt.com is more focused than Facebook and more effective than Yelp. The interface of community and technology on gdgt.com is clearly producing trusted and reputable content, still an all-too-rare commodity on many sites. This is not yet entirely the case with Yelp (See: http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/archive/2010/04/06/yelp-makes-changes-reacts-to-complaints-from-businesses.aspx) . Adding to its appeal, it seems like the gdgt.com model is scalable in that the same technology/community interface could be applied to other topics people are passionate about. I, for one, would love to see one about tea! And, it looks like the content stream can be monetized in a way that doesn’t compromise the trusted content. I’ll be interested to see how gdgt.com’s new discussion system enhances the community. I like how you guys discussed it with the community before implementing. Good luck with whatever comes next.

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