More’s a crowd

More’s a crowd
: So Popdex started a new group weblog called Metapop. Sorry, but I’m unimpressed.

It’s a bit of a mess with no organizing principle and no apparent quality control.

So you get posts like this:

Z39.50 OCLC has, in the PowerPoint presentation Non-Member Use of Cataloging Records called Z39.50 users rogues. The tone is much like the RIAA going after KaZar. Z39.50 the next P2P?

Arrrgh. It reminds me of the old, bad days of Usenet: Clutter clatter.

This is so old net. We’ve advanced past this. Slashdot and Plastic added technology to organize things. Metafilter and especially BoingBoing have a collective voice.

To me, the state of the art in collaborative blogging is unquestionably Command Post. That’s because (1) it has a theme, a raison d’etre that gives the posters a clear reason to post and the readers a clear reason to read (read: it’s more than just blather) and (2) it had a self-correcting means of editing itself (that is, in the first days, there were repetitive posts but the community created its own editing standards).

Command Post has true value. Beat that.

: Update: Metapop blogs the blog on the blog (this being our habit, here among the blogs). I’m impressed that they take the criticism well. My suggestion: Decide what the hell Metapop is about; give it a mission; give it a tagline and live up to it. What separates Metapop from Metafilter and BoingBoing? Decide and do that and you’ll be much better.

  • http://asmallvictory.net michele

    Looks a bit like Metafilter.
    As soon as the first flamewar starts in the comments, it will look a lot like Metafilter.

  • http://www.dagoddess.com Da Goddess

    The first few days are pretty much equated to watching kids adjust to Kindergarten. Crying, looking about nervously, bed-headed and runny-nosed, running around and going nowhere fast.
    Glad you pointed things out to Shanti and got us more focused!

  • http://spleenville.com/ Andrea Harris

    I like the green color.

  • http://susanmernit.blogspot.com Susan Mernit

    You’re right,it can only get better, or it will fail.

  • treehugger

    i think it looks a hell of a lot like metafilter.

  • http://www.bigpinkcookie.com Christine

    I’m sad to see them refocusing on “Meta-blogging the Top 50 (popdex, daypop, and blogdex)” If I wanted to see the Top 50, I would go to Popdex, Daypop and Blogdex and read about them there and then follow links to sites about them. Or I will look at just about every other blog in the blogosphere.
    I was so excited about a new place to find cool new links yesterday – and today, *poof*! The excitement is gone. I may be wrong about that, but for now I’ll wait and see.