Guardian’s Comment Is Free previews

by Sunny
13th March, 2006 at 7:02 pm    

I don’t know if this is a mistake or not, but if you go to – the pages for the Guardian’s upcoming group blog loads up. It previously redirected to the newspaper’s website.

Justin says they’re recruited around 200 people to write for the superblog. though only Guardian columnists are listed as yet. Jeff Jarvis reveals that Arianna Huffington will also write be writing. Is it pitched as a liberal voice for Britain or will it encompass the whole political spectrum? We shall have to wait and see…
It should be launching tomorrow.

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  1. Quiet launch for Guardian blog

    [...] The Guardian quietly made its new comment blog, Comment Is Free, public yesterday evening, a day before the announced launch date. In post lsat night, the blog Pickled Politics was the first to notice that that no longer leads to the front page of the Guardian web site. [...]

  1. Tom Happold — on 13th March, 2006 at 7:56 pm  

    Congratulations, you’re the first blogger to spot we’re live. In Blue Peter style, we’ll send you a free mug.

  2. Sunny — on 13th March, 2006 at 8:51 pm  

    I hope you guys have red mugs lying about.

    On another note, why is the best of the web pointing only mostly to American blogs? I know they’re bigger but surely British blogs can also compete in terms of having good, relevant content?

  3. leon — on 13th March, 2006 at 9:28 pm  

    Should be interesting; 200 bloggers won’t mean a lack of content…

  4. Limerick — on 13th March, 2006 at 9:32 pm  

    It’s certainly better designed than the Post.

  5. leon — on 13th March, 2006 at 9:56 pm  

    Anyone remember the LA Times attempt at something similar? (Hat tip U75 editor)

  6. Sunny — on 13th March, 2006 at 10:06 pm  

    Yup, and the Washington Post had similar issues with reader comments. It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out since some have talked about the legal problems with allowing user comments.

  7. Chris — on 14th March, 2006 at 9:49 am  

    What immediately strikes you about the site is that there are way too many (and too predictable) threads.

    200 bloggers won’t mean a lack of content, but it will obviously mean a lack of focus.

    I (at least) go to blogs for news, ideas, opinions from informed bloggers (such as PP!!) which are not offered in the mainstream press. What is this megablog going to offer me which I can’t already read in the predictable Guardian?

  8. Steve M, BSc Reading (failed). — on 14th March, 2006 at 10:37 am  

    I find large blogs too impersonal.

  9. Stephen — on 14th March, 2006 at 1:13 pm  

    What is this megablog going to offer me which I can’t already read in the predictable Guardian?

    Exactly… Blogs are great as they are a conduit for ideas that don’t get into the newspapers.
    A quick scan through the articles shows a lot more of the identikit guardian stuff you get every day.

  10. Sunny — on 14th March, 2006 at 1:38 pm  

    cheers Chris, I shall sort you out with that fiver later ;)

    there is a danger comment is free just because one of those celebrity blogs which are nothing more than online papers with comments enabled. On that we shall have to see. I’m not a big fan of Huffington either TBH…. just hearing celebrity opinions is not enough. I usually go for the facts or particular viewpoints from bloggers. Hmm…

  11. leon — on 14th March, 2006 at 4:58 pm  

    Pretty much agree with that Sunny and the comments about so many contributors. I checked out the Huffington at first becuase of interest in the idea but lost interest quickly because there just seemed to be too many posts and the angle of celebrity just wasn’t enough.

    I think Pickled Politics has got the right balance when it comes to number of contributors/posts and viewpoints…

  12. sonia — on 13th April, 2006 at 3:24 pm  

    ah just seen this now. yep looks like the guardian has been quietly fixing up its blogs, and now introducing registration etc.
    will have to see how the comment is free thing pans out

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