It's been seven years since that summer day in 2005 when my Newsvine co-founders and I first set up shop on the shores of Puget Sound inside the Seattle Post-Intelligencer building to begin work on a different kind of news site. Although they seem abundant now, back then there were very few places online to write about and discuss current events. There were mainstream news sites which didn't allow so much as comments at the bottoms of their articles and then there were personal blogs which usually didn't attract large enough communities of people to spark significant conversations. At Newsvine, our goal was to blend the best of mainstream media via the thousands of journalists contributing to the Associated Press and the best of citizen journalism via the thousands of thoughtful people around the world with stories to tell.
I've already written my thoughts on the last seven years over here at Mike Industries so I won't rehash them all in this post, but let me just say that my time at Newsvine has been the most enjoyable period of my life so far. Not only has it been a pleasure working with such a talented team, but we are all continuously humbled by the fact that so many millions of you pour your thoughts and energy into making Newsvine such a special space. We get joy from designing great features, writing good code, and encouraging diplomatic relations on the site, but we all get even more joy knowing that this little thing we toil away on is an outlet for the creativity of others.
1,238,468 original articles, 4,651,414 seeds, and 33,161,638 comments speak for themselves.
If I have any regrets, it's probably that when I look at where Newsvine is today vs. what my vision for the perfect news community is, there is still a large gap there. That would probably be the case no matter what news site we were talking about, but just know that the Newsvine team does not rest with any thoughts that our work is done. We are currently in the later stage of beta with our entirely new site, and I expect the team will work with our very supportive parents at NBC on getting that out the door and into everyone's hands.
As for me, I'm only leaving because an opportunity I couldn't turn down slapped me upside the face. I didn't want to leave either Seattle or NBC/Newsvine, but I feel like the opportunity to positively affect such a large number of people via a service that the entire world may potentially use one day was just too promising to pass up.
I will greatly miss my time in this office, and I will greatly miss working in service of you all.