Combing through Twitter’s suggested users for @suttergroup to follow, I recently stumbled on The Daily Dot, the “hometown newspaper” for the Internet community. The description on their site reads, “The Daily Dot gives a voice to the Web’s communities. We report on the most important and relevant topics from within, applying tried-and-true principles drawn from community newspapers to the growing cultures of the Internet, and allow our audience to read the Dot across multiple platforms, where they live, online”.
In essence, it’s a news site for the Internet with articles that are broken up into categories including Society, Culture, News, Entertainment and Politics — all as they relate to what’s happening on the World Wide Web. It’s kind of like Paper.li, only simpler, which is kind of nice in a world where information overload is the new norm. P.S. Curious about Paper.li? Read our blog post. The site is still very much in its infancy, but it will be interesting to see how they further their “hometown newspaper” brand positioning. Right now, other than the categories, which can be compared to sections of a newspaper, there aren’t a lot of similarities between the two.
It should be said that the site does a good job of covering a broad range of relevant and interesting topics of interest to the Internet savvy. They seem to strike a nice balance between “hot” topics such as Google+ and Facebook and distinct feature stories like their recent interview with the viral video sensations, The Gregory Brothers. Many of the articles have a snarky sense of humor and are well written and conversational. And from a design standpoint, we appreciate that they’ve kept it clean and simple, without unnecessary bells and whistles that might detract from the content.