Datagram, the ISP whose Manhattan servers host BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Gawker, and other sites, has lost power, an official there told us via text this evening.
“Basement flooded, fuel pump off line - we got people working on it now. 5 feet of water now,” the official wrote.
BuzzFeed’s site and story page are back online, thanks to a Content Delivery Network, Akamai, which hosts the content at servers distributed around the world.
FIVE FEET OF WATER took down three of the biggest new-media sites on the internet. At the same time. Think about how crazy that is.
Most news sites have come to treat comments as little more than a necessary evil, a kind of padded room where the third estate can vent, largely at will, and tolerated mainly as a way of generating pageviews. This exhausted consensus makes what Gawker is doing so important.Noted technological genius Clay Shirky • On the value of Gawker’s new commenting system, which he says serves “the people reading the comments, rather than the people writing them.” Gawker’s commenting system avoids the traditional route of giving everyone’s comments equal weight, and it also avoids the route of having regulars dominate every single conversation. Rather, it focuses the conversation on the two or three best comments, with Shirky noting that this approach runs against what usually happens — where the guy on the soapbox, not the site itself, calls the shots. Is this the right way to go? It’s certainly interesting, either way.
For one thing, Bowman notes that, like a fine five-dollar bottle of artisanal water, the new bird ‘is crafted purely from three sets of overlapping circles,’ a concept which he subsequently expands into some bull about how circles are your friends where ideas are shapes and wings take dream.Gawker’s Caity Weaver • Offering a beautifully cynical take on Twitter’s new bird logo, which many see as an extremely minor change, but others think is graceful. Weaver’s mockery is focused, specifically, on creative director Doug Bowman’s overwrought blog post on the matter, but she also takes a moment to make fun of the company’s strict branding rules, which say you cannot do a bunch of things people are going to continue to do. *golf clap* Good show, Caity.
TechCrunch’s history since AOL bought it in 2010 has been as turbulent as the private roller coasters many Facebook employees will likely install in their Silicon Valley mansions post-IPO.Gawker’s Adrian Chen • Commenting on AOL’s reported plans to sell TechCrunch, Engadget and most of its other tech-related properties in a single package. One amazing line really says it all.