Quartz, kind of a big deal?

By Razib Khan | September 24, 2012 4:12 am

A site called Quartz is going to go live today. I have been hearing a lot about it in the media (e.g., The New York Times). One of the people who launched ScienceBlogs, Chris Mims, is involved. I’ve seen a guideline for its freelance writers, and I have to say that I’m impressed by the flexibility and openness to variation and personalization that it communicates. Not sure if it is revolutionary, but I suspect that it will be quite the content machine. And the emphasis on tablets and mobile access via a browser, rather than an app, is probably the best way to optimize readership.

  • Eurologist

    http://qz.com/ is marked private by its owner. If you were invited to view this site, please log in below.

    I have been developing scientific internet content from the early 90s. Web 2.0 soon after that and before most knew what it even could be, and large scale ($multi-million venture-funded) applications more than a decade ago.

    However, I didn’t get invited to this one. I am an eternal skeptic.

  • https://plus.google.com/109962494182694679780/posts Razib Khan

    #1, this isn’t really a technology play, but a content play. to be frank i think much of it will resemble more very high quality blogging. and they haven’t gone live, that’s all. we’ll see if they miss their launch.

  • http://delicious.com/robertford Darkseid

    this guy has some big ones! he has a LOT of very established competition. it’ll be interesting to see how well it does and if it’s truly different from the rest. i almost want to say that he might not realize what he’s getting in to but i can’t imagine all those fresh hires don’t know what they’re up against. the econ/business crowd is definitely good about rewarding useful info, tho…like he said if they can use it to make money then they’re “in.”

  • http://www.mazepath.com/uncleal/ Uncle Al

    Would that be space group P3(1)21 (#152) quartz, or space group P3(2)21 (#154) quartz, or space group P6(2)22 (#180) quartz, or space group P6(4)22 (#181) quartz? So confusing…

  • Ron Sonntag

    It would be great if reporting actually REPORTED on what this is…a blog, an aggregator, an individualized blog area, what’s the focus, who’s the audience, why I should care? It’s not like I haven’t been in the computer industry for over 35 years, it’s that reporting these days stinks.

  • http://delicious.com/robertford Darkseid

    i think their layout could be a problem. it seemed kinda weird to me but whatevs


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