The Decline of Citizen Journalism

14 Jan

 

I recently revisited the Alexa data on companies and sites
that I used to watch when I first started NP. 
It’s interesting to see how the original ‘citizen journalist’ sites like
Slashdot have actually suffered a decline in the wake of the 2.0 revolution. 

Of course this decline is more than offset by the successes of newer entrants like Newsvine, Digg, Flickr, Youtube and (I’m relieved to say) NowPublic.  But what is interesting is that in spite of having real first-mover advantage none of these innovators have grown over the last 2 years.

NOTE:  Alexa is notoriously unreliable as a metric but as they say, in the land of the blind the one eyed man is king. 

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