Kevin Rose is reported to have already resigned from Digg the company he founded in 2004. The news comes after months of Rose’s lack of interesting in the Social News site as other projects eat up his attention and time. Rose nor Digg have issued an official statement on his supposed departure as sources close to TechCrunch say his departure happened very recently.
Kevin’s departure comes in the wake of continued user outrage over the new Digg redesign and a mass exodus of users to competing social site Reddit. Management decisions and disagreements between former Digg CEO Jay Adelson and Kevin led to a botched launch of Digg V4. During this time Kevin began experimenting with other startups.
TechCrunch’s sources also said Kevin Rose was closing a round of funding for a new startup he is working with. In recent years Kevin has shied away from Digg to lead a more active role in the startup scene. In mid 2007 during his prolonged absence from Digg, Kevin founded the microblogging service Pownce which was later sold to Six Apart.
At this time it is unknown which startup Kevin is a part of. It will be interesting to see the fate of Digg and whether Diggnation, a weekly Podcast that showcases the best stories on the Social news site will continue. We wish Kevin Rose the best of luck in his newest ventures.
With Pownce closed and sold to Six Apart in December of 2008, Kevin Rose apparently had more up his Diggnation shirt sleeves. Say hello to WeFollow a user-generated Twitter aggregator that makes use of common hashtags to determine your “niche” as a microblogger.
What’s brilliant about WeFollow is that there is no need for sign ups: all you need to do is tweet hashtag categories (you can see recommendations in the WeFollow sidebar) to @wefollow and the service organizes you into up to three
Kevin Rose blasted WeFollow into Digg today and the results are epic. There have been a number of creative ways to monetize Twitter and WeFollow may just be another portal to do so. Categorizing Twitter users according to niche adds more value than the regular mess of the front page time line.
Happy Monday, folks! I’m sure by now you’ve heard the big news: Six Apart bought Pownce. The Pownce team will join 6A, and the Pownce service will shut down. It’s a shame they’re closing the site — it had some really nice features. Hopefully, we’ll see some of those social networking and microblogging features show up in a future version of Movable Type.
Microblogging service Pownce is closing its doors on December 15th, and the team is joining Six Apart, along with the Pownce technology. This from a blog post:
We’re very happy that Six Apart wants to invest in growing the vision that we the founders of Pownce believe so strongly in and we’re very excited to take our vision to all of Six Apart’s products. Mike and I have joined Six Apart as part of their engineering team and we’re looking forward to being a part of the talented group that has created amazing tools for blogging and publishing.
Pro users will get information on what will happen with the money they spent. Maybe they’ll get TypePad accounts or something. read more
It’s dangerous to Twitter, that’s for sure! Not only is it almost as addictive as asides, but you’ll also have to make sure you don’t blurt something personal to the masses. Like Pownce hotshot Leah Culver did, something about a cheating boyfriend or whatever. That hit Valleywag like something did to the fan. Luckily, the tweet’s been deleted, but if it’s online one time, it’s there forever.
Pownce wants you to share your location with Fire Eagle, a Yahoo service that just recently got integrated with Pownce. Fire Eagle is a geotagging service, so your content will be tagged with the location. Give it a go if you will, you’ll need to be logged in to get started though.
On a different note, Pownce gives every pro user who signed up during the first year another 3 months for free, as a thank you. Fair enough, but I still feel that the feature boost for non-paying users is more of an issue, and I won’t be going pro again when my subscription runs out, there is just no incentive to convince me otherwise.
Pownce, the microblogging service you know, have upgraded itself to a filesharing service. They’ve done this by letting you share 100 MB files with the public, should you want to. Previously, the cap was 10 MB, and 100 MB was for pro users only, so I wonder what they’ll do to compensate that feature that some people (me included) paid for? Edit: It’s now 250 MB for pro users.
Anyway, this means that you’ve got yet another way to share files with friends. Might this be another dump for RAR:d porn and overall crappiness for people not wanting to spend money on a VIP account on Rapidshare? I hope not.
I think Pownce, the micro-blogging service where you make friends and stuff, is a nice product. I’ve used it for quite some time, and even paid for a pro account. When I did it, it was more as a show of support than anything else, uploading big files – as was the only quirk back then – isn’t something I do very often.
I think Pownce will do just fine. It doesn’t compete with Twitter or Jaiku, it’s more like a Tumblr, but less bloggy, if you know what I mean. If you don’t, then ask me for an invite, or anyone else, they’re aplenty.