Yesterday evening after I got a call from Jeremiah, we decided to head over to the DIGG party in San Francisco, which was held to launch a new series of lifestyle online video shows. The event was quite successful, upcoming.org had over 300 signed up and most of them seemed to have showed up. Quite an interesting bunch of people, who all had the common objective of having a good time — and a good time they had.
I had a chance to meet web2.0 party-goers Thomas Hawk (featured in ScobleShow’s 1st Episode), Gabe Rivera (TechMeme), Daniela Barbosa (Factiva), Jeremy Pepper (the PR2.0 guy), Kevin Burton (TailRank) and James Gross (Federated Media). But I digress, the event was to launch Digg’s new series of lifestyle online video shows. Kind of like MTV meets MySpace, although they apparently thought not.
Here’s a 4-part Evolution of Digg:
1. Digg Launch:
It all started off, with the launch of Digg in November 2004 by Kevin Rose, Owen Byrne, Ron Gorodetzky, and Jay Adelson (who serves as CEO), all of whom currently play an active role in the management of the site:
Digg is a news website with an emphasis on technology and science articles. It combines social bookmarking, blogging, and syndication with a form of non-hierarchical, democratic editorial control. News stories and websites are submitted by users, and then promoted to the front page through a user-based ranking system.
2. The Rise of Digg:
As of July 2006, there were over 400,000 registered Digg users. This represented substantial growth from one year earlier, when in July 2005 membership had just reached 17,000. The popularity and success of Digg culminated in Kevin Rose, making it to the cover of Business Week recently.
For lack of a better analogy, Diggnation resembles a geek-star version of Wayne’s World. The internet podcast show garners a sizable web fan following among the hipper, early-adopter, tech obsessed youth demographic. Well, here is why their audiences digg it so much.
4. Revving Success:
The success of Diggnation has now led to the launch of a series of videocasts around a common brand called Rev3. Check out Jeremiah’s post, which gives an in-depth overview of the nitty-gritties of the new web channel.
Smart move by the founders of Digg; I must add. If the party is any indicator, then the launch of Rev3 makes a lot of sense. As Daniela rightly pointed out; TV killed the radio and the web may just end up killing TV. Thomas has an awesome take on the future of TV.
What may the future hold?
I believe that television is slowly-but-surely morphing into web based TV and the lines between the two are already blurring. Imagine the immediate future populated with two kinds of conversion products:
The long-term future will definitely see the necessity for a central repository/database for ALL multi-media content that you enjoy and that entertain you most: Music, Movies, Pictures, Ads, Videos, Web, DVD, HD-DVD and that device will probably be some sort of storage device (like your hard-drive). All that’s remaining in the puzzle is one large monitor, a 82-inch flat screen TV — your central source for all of the following:
1. normal TV (standard & cable)
2. internet based shows (downloaded to your 1Tb hard-drive:)
3. browser based shows (maybe the browser will dissapear)
4. user-created content: pictures, your music, dvd, etc…
Have a great rest-of-the-week!