Squidoo Beta goes public

I actually have something new and exciting to say for once!

For the last month or so I have been part of a closed beta of a new web concept which embraces the ideals of Web 2.0. It’s name is Squidoo. The official public annoucement has apparently not been made yet, exciting secret information!

Basically the idea is that users can create pages called lenses, each of which is about a particular topic, but rather than being full of new content it is intended to give a view on what the web can offer on the topic. Although the lens creation system doesn’t prevent you from adding new stuff.

In addition to this, Squidoo is run as a collective, so if you create lenses, and you generate alot of traffic through them, then after running costs have been deducted from revenue, the remainder is split between “lens masters” based on popularity. At least, this is my understanding of the system at the moment.

I’ve got a few lenses of my own:

In some ways this reminds me about what I was saying about how Compilation is a new creative process that humanities culture has only recently got big enough to support.



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