Netscape.com goes Web 2.0
Still determined to crawl out from the chasm of 1990s Internet
has-beens, Netscape is planning to rejuvenate itself via a
new Netscape.com portal
. The portal will ditch the traditional news
and media aggregator approach for a new, user-driven copycat of
sites like Digg and Slashdot. There's a twist, though. While users will
contribute stories, a team of paid editors will fact-check those
stories, add relevant information, and provide original reporting.
system is the pet project of Jason Calacanis, a so-called "dot-com news
entrepreneur" whose work includes popular gadget blog Engadget. Calacanis presents the new
Netscape.com as a sort of middle-ground between all-out community sites
like Digg, purely editorial news sites like CNN, and automated news
aggregators like Google News.
True to the spirit of Web 2.0 sites, the
re-thought portal launched
today in the form of a public Beta. Users can check it out at www.beta.netscape.com.