MeFi in USA Today October 13, 2001 6:19 AM   Subscribe

MeFi garners a mention in USA Today...barely.
posted by ChrisTN to MetaFilter-Related at 6:19 AM (10 comments total)

Just another "blogging in the face of 9/11" story that mentions MetaFilter in passing, as well as a few other familiar names. Take it for what it's worth.
posted by ChrisTN at 6:21 AM on October 13, 2001

Cool thanks, I would have never caught that (since there are no URLs, it wouldn't show up in my referrers).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 10:02 AM on October 13, 2001

Hey nice work there Rebecca!
posted by Kafkaesque at 10:25 AM on October 13, 2001

It's weird that this article doesn't show up in a search of the wires. I've been looking for it since I talked to the kid who wrote it (although there's no byline, it's almost certain to be the same guy); I knew he was going to write this kind of same-old same-old when he refused to do the interview via email (that's how the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times did it).

There's little more frustrating than talking to a reporter, listening to them type in the background as you talk. They inevitably stop typing just when you think you're getting to the good part. You wanna say, "Why did you stop typing? Is that not good? Should I rephrase that? Is that bad? Can I take that back? What about a do-over?" but you can't.

How do you do a story about anything on the Internet and not include URLs? Or even site names?

I am glad to see he seemed to resolve his difficulties in explaining why someone would keep a blog. He kept tending toward questions about fame and recognition, rather than altruism and the creative instinct.
posted by Mo Nickels at 10:41 AM on October 13, 2001


(Rebecca Blood's site traffic will be flying through the roof)
posted by feelinglistless at 10:47 AM on October 13, 2001

He kept tending toward questions about fame and recognition, rather than altruism and the creative instinct.

I got that recently in an interview, before everything else. It was supposed to be an intro to blogging article, and the first question was "what's it like to be known by thousands and have a site visited by millions?" ugh.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:04 AM on October 13, 2001

I was very disappointed in this article--it's one of the most unfocussed ones I've read. I talked to the reporter for 30-40 minutes and I thought he asked some good questions. though one was something to the effect of "do certain individuals seek celebrity through their weblogs?" which struck me as odd, since 1) I don't even know how you would go about doing that, and 2) being a "famous weblogger" pretty much defines the concept of "big fish in a teeny weeny little pond".

as for traffic, I think I got six hits from that article last night; I don't expect much more than that today. to be honest, the largest spike in traffic I ever got was the week I was goth babe of the week, surpassing even the interview on the connection (go figure). I still get ~10 hits a day from that site. who knew?
posted by rebeccablood at 3:02 PM on October 13, 2001

Clearly, there's a problem if Rebecca's not goth babe of the week every week. We must resolve this injustice!

The Los Angeles Times article quoting Matt, George Weld at Like An Orb, me and a bunch of others, ran today. Much better than the AP piece (it includes site names and URLs, for example), but this reporter is fond of chopping quotes into mush.
posted by Mo Nickels at 9:03 AM on October 14, 2001

I enjoyed reading about "Dave Winer's high-tech Scripting News," though. How does he make his site do them fancy tricks, anyway? High tech, that's how!
posted by rodii at 5:08 PM on October 14, 2001

From the article: But in one well-publicized Web log hoax, hundreds of people sent cards and gifts as they followed the fictitious Kaycee Nicole's nearly two-year-long struggle with cancer, which ended in death. The hoax started unraveling when several readers noticed irregularities and started making calls.

One question: Who is Kaycee?
posted by Rastafari at 9:40 PM on October 14, 2001

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