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Nov 17, 2006 7:49am

old concept, old execution

The new Buzzfeed archive view is pretty damn cool. From their about page:

We automatically detect new buzz by crawling 50,000 of the very best web sites, blogs, and news sources. ... The moment we detect new buzz, it appears in a special terminal interface used by our editors. ... Finally we track the buzz as it spreads through word-of-mouth and blogs. Our trend pages link to the most interesting commentary, videos, news articles, and debate.

It's a new project from a bunch of our friends over at Eyebeam, and its worth to me was proven during my first pre-release peek, when I learned about New Rave. I'm mostly taken by the look of the thing, though. Dead-simple colors, dead-simple URL's, dead-simple typography, and a dead-simple logo that looks like it says "BuzzFeep" when you read it too quickly. The calendar-like archive view (below) is probably the coolest part. Buzzfeed performs basically the same function as Techmeme, but does it about 100x better through the intervention of a human editor choosing succint names, writing concise copy, and dispensing with the link-barf on a typical Techmeme page.

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