mathowie gets in The Pipeline March 10, 2010 7:27 AM   Subscribe

Dan Benjamin of 5 by 5 Studios interviews Matt Haughey, eliciting answers to questions such as why Internet Fame sucks, how staffing up a web community can kill it dead, and what are the benefits of simplifying your life. (direct link to The Pipeline episode)
posted by mistersquid to MetaFilter-Related at 7:27 AM (17 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Matt did a tweed about it.
posted by kudzu at 7:59 AM on March 10, 2010

Ooh, tweed. I like that. It suddenly makes a lot more sense that Stephen Fry and John Hodgman are so into the Twitter.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:18 AM on March 10, 2010 [3 favorites]

Tweed? No. It's either Tweet or my personal favorite, Toot.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 8:23 AM on March 10, 2010

Past tense: twat.
posted by found missing at 8:43 AM on March 10, 2010

posted by breezeway at 8:44 AM on March 10, 2010

Nice, Matt. Well-spoken regarding community growth vs. business growth.

I love the term "microfame." Sucky how the weird people with aggression issues manage to be louder and more insistent than the multitude of cool, supportive individuals.
posted by zennie at 8:46 AM on March 10, 2010

Hehe! The part about the inscrutable front page and unfriendly signups is great. I really dig your business philosophy.
posted by cowbellemoo at 10:39 AM on March 10, 2010 [2 favorites]

I like that Matt sounds like a baritone muppet in real life.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:43 AM on March 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

Matt's in the pipe. Five by five.
posted by Astro Zombie at 10:55 AM on March 10, 2010 [3 favorites]

I know the music was added in post, but it was fun to think that Dan turned it on and then increased the volume steadily to get Matt to stop talking.

Good interview!
posted by ODiV at 12:02 PM on March 10, 2010

That's a good interview. Oddly enough a lot of things resonated with my own life, like the "start crazy project in your 20s" bit. I did the same when I decided to try my hand at novel writing. It took me 3 years to have a manuscript ready I felt I could submit and it's taken another year and a half for it to get accepted by a publisher, go through editing and be ready. I don't think even now I could start a long-term, high-risk venture like this. Your 20s is a great decade to waste.
posted by Kattullus at 12:56 PM on March 10, 2010

Is there a transcript somewhere? Also, how awesome would it be to have a service that would automatically transcribe podcasts?
posted by oddman at 1:01 PM on March 10, 2010 [3 favorites]

I believe it would look something like this except (idealizing here) it would be populated exclusively by disgraced ex-bankers and Wall Street types.
posted by philip-random at 1:08 PM on March 10, 2010 [1 favorite]

This is good.
posted by fixedgear at 1:38 PM on March 10, 2010

I'm glad you guys liked the interview. Matt was awesome.

For those asking about a transcript - yes, we're in the process of transcribing all of the interviews. We'll be working on Matt's and will get it added to the site as soon as possible (probably within a week or so).

I'll add the link here, too, when it's ready.
posted by danbenjamin at 6:46 AM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]

I listened to this last night, and it was good fun.

I agree with Matt's observation that programmers are often "lazy", but it's a peculiar kind of highly productive laziness. We would rather spend a whole day coding up something to automate a boring task than to spend an hour just doing that task. Even if it only needs to be done once. We don't seek to avoid work, we seek to avoid boring work.
posted by FishBike at 9:40 AM on March 11, 2010 [1 favorite]

Aw, man. Thanks, Kattullus, for making me worry that I hadn't adequately and purposefully wasted my 20s. I've got some wastey catching-up to do.
posted by lauranesson at 2:06 PM on March 11, 2010

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