You got to love the underdog, especially when it is a 15 year old teenager that gets featured, nay hyped, on TechCrunch. Daniel Brusilovsky is getting a lot of praise and encouragement, probably rightly so, although I have no idea if his first project, the teen blog host Teens in Tech, is something special. It is in private alpha, but Jason Kincaid has obviously seen it, since he describes it like this:
From a technical standpoint Teens In Tech will be fighting an uphill battle. The site is using Dreamhost, a cheap service that most companies wouldn’t go near with a ten foot stick, as its storage provider. And to be perfectly honest, it doesn’t seem like there’s much new code behind Teens in Tech – the backend is a mostly standard WordPress multi-user install, similar to what runs on the commercial WordPress.com site.
The hosting part might be redundant, as a visit to the site right now tells us that they’re moving servers.
Users will get 100 MB storage, a WordPress blog, a subdomain, and access to forums where they can chitchat about new media and whatnot. That is all well and good, but the question is why someone would go with Teens in Tech, rather than WordPress.com? The answer might be that oh so important community feeling, a nice design, or whatever really.
Here’s hoping we’ll get back to Teens in Tech for a future story and interview with Daniel, as a success story for how WordPress MU can be tweaked into interesting business, rather than a failure report.
Thord Daniel Hedengren is a designer, writer, and blogger, and also the former editor of The Blog Herald. He used to be a hotshot in the gaming industry in Sweden, but sold everything and went International. Most recently he wrote a book called Smashing WordPress: Beyond the Blog, and does loads of kickass design.