Tuesday, May 10, 2005

We Are Live!

That was the subject line of the email I received from the Huffington Post notifying me that the site is now serving up content. Arianna Huffington's corporate blog debut was widely panned by critics throughout the day. I spent some time poking around on and off over the course of the day and found it to be a mixed bag.

I thought Ellen DeGeneres' entry, They Slaughter Horses Don't They, was an excellent entry. It was well-referenced, though I would like to have known the name or number of the bill that has caused the problem. She was clearly the stand-out when it came to celebrity posts. Larry David's attempt at humor and addressing the Bolton nomination was flat, very flat. Someone should explain to him that he's allowed to use the 'F' word on the Internet; Tina Brown did in her uninteresting pill of a post. Both Huffington and Julia Louis-Dreyfus flopped big-time on opening day.

The Huffington Post also has news feeds providing the standard stories of the day as far as I can tell so far. The news articles, unlike the blog entries, support comments and trackback. I've read a few of the comments and can inform you that we're basically talking about the equivalent of the scribble on the bathroom walls at your old junior high school.

It may be too much content to hold anyone's attention. I think people are basically going to read about a Huffington Post blog entry because it is being favored or fisked on another blog (like this one). It is definitely worth checking out, but probably not worth staying long.


Blogger Mike said...

The left is desperate to have a counter for conservative radio and the blog-o-sphere. They don't get that it isn't how you package the message that counts. People actually listen to the issues. The Huffington Post will fall to the wayside like Air America did. I give it a year.

5:25 AM  
Blogger Michael Parekh said...

I especially don't like the fact that you can't search for the celebs on the blog...also the comment field seems to be turned off on the blog side...

long way to go...


11:19 AM  

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