Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 28 February 2002
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From: Rus For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Net Stars BBC online had an interesting article a couple of weeks ago comparing a "star" designer (some Brit - can't remember his name :-) and Jakob Nielsen (of http://www.useit.com fame), It was a great read for the counter points each made of he others work - and Jakob is well known if you are really "into the web" for his views on useability, Also Lance Arthur (of http://www.glassdog.com) could be considered a "star" - check his site out if you haven't before, As to NZ'ers - how about you Bruce....? Or Mat Buchanin (sorry Mat - I've lost touch) or Russell Brown perhaps...? Anyone have any other NZ stars...? From: Matt Poole For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: NZ's very own 'net media blooperstar? There's always Donny da'Hack, I s'pose. From: Kane For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: What about "dotcom guy" ? What about "dotcom guy" ? lived online for a year, without going outside, bought all food etc etc online, broadcasted using the good old web cam. Site was www.dotcomguy.com (no longer around - "flash in the pan" maybe) From: Camryn Brown For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Internet Media Stars Since the internet isn't a broadcast medium (ie. there isn't just one stream of content you have to receive) it's hard for individuals to become stars known to the entire audience. However, I'd suggest Phil "Pud" Kaplan of www.f***edcompany.com would be quite close... it was a major site for a while there, all based around his take on things / journalism. Also, I don't think there'd be many serious net users that haven't at least heard of Matt Drudge's "Drudge Report". Then there's the famously weird category - the Peter Pan guy being an example. From: Steven Heath For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Internet Stars I think you have missed the plot this time... Internet is NOT one to many (like radio, TV and movies) and unlike those media it is easy to ‘get your message out’. The Internet is used as a many to many communications device with no control/producer/network suit sitting between the creator and the consumer. A better comparison is 'where are the telephone stars?'. Do we have famous 0900 people, or customer service reps people call just to ‘oh my gawd I spoke to him!’ To compare The Internet to ‘mainstream’ media would be to compare it to student radio or community cable or ham radio. Lets compare apples to apples here Bruce. From: Ewen McNeill For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Internet Stars Philip Greenspun (http://philip.greenspun.com/), founder of ArsDigita, the vision behind Photo.Net (http://www.photo.net/), and one pushing much of the early community-oriented websites (in the sense of people using the website in a dialogue), as well as travelogues (eg, Travels with Samantha, which I believe was published as a book). Joel Spolsky (http://www.joelonsoftware.com/), author of a long running weblog focused on user interface/programming/software business issues. He was awarded "Blogger of the Year" by Dave Whiner (Userland.Com), and a well desserved award I think. Indeed Dave Whiner probably qualifies himself, for Scripting News (http://scriptingnews.userland.com/), and for pushing the web usability vision. These last two are perhaps less well known outside the programming community. But Philip Greenspun is fairly widely known by a wide range of people. All of them are known for more than "building the web" (which they've all done), because of their weblogs, travelogues, etc. They're personalities on the Internet. From: Jonathan Dodd For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Internet stars Oh come on, you're just hanging out for someone to say "Bruce Simpson", ain'tcha??? But I'm only HALF kidding there. For this sort of thing I believe you need to look at the commercial communities or e-zines which are focussed around select editors or faces. So my votes are for... * Jenene Crossans of NZGirl * Nigel Horrocks of Netguide. * Peter Sinclair My vote goes for Nigel and Peter - people who have really connected with newbies and techies alike, and dramatically enhanced people's online experiences as a result. Aardvark Responds If you ask a randomly selected group of 1000 people who I am, chances are they'll all say "who?" As those same people who Tom Cruise, Kim Hill or Tom Scott are and you'll find out the difference between a regular person and someone who has become a star of their medium.Hit Reload For Latest Comments
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