Going to start this thread for feedback on the site so far. After the tweet I’ve added folks from Denver, Indy, Iowa City, Chicago, Atlanta, and KC.
A way to invite multiple people at once would be helpful. Invited a few but it’s kind of tedious to do one at a time.
This is one I struggle with. If the purpose is to invite the right people isn’t it worth typing the right person’s e-mail address? Also - Thanks for inviting so many people. :)
Same logic would apply to any other software, no? But your phone has group messaging, email has carbon copy, and social networks let you import your contact list. Sure people abuse reply-all from time to time but imagine the lost productivity if Gmail nuked the CC.
There are probably 50x more people I should invite that would make excellent additions to the community but I got tired of fighting with the software.
The fact there appears to be thoughtful discussion already happening is a great sign. Being able to plugin to a community without the crazyness of a slack channel or others is a huge plus.
I’m using Middlebit via web mobile which has been great so far, from signup to commenting here. I’ll add feedback after my first post and when I get in front of a bigger screen.
However, I think a niche community like Middlebit for the “no coast” is valuable. The west coast dominates hacker news and creates an echo chamber that is mostly regional to the coast and the engagement of upvotes reflect that. I hope this is a beginning for what’s trending in the middle of America.
agreed roy! I’ve been wanting something like this to exist for awhile now. Super happy Ben is making it a reality.
Interesting concept here, Ben. I personally don’t use YC’s hackernews and have some questions about intended impact of a platform like hackernews. From my understanding, you seem to be forming a niche community here of people from the no coasts. To what end? More tech opportunities, meetups?I also noticed resources/articles shared in hackernews platform. Are those resources locally sourced? How different would tech news concentrated on the coasts be to news on the no coasts?
I’m a newbie to all things tech and startup (a freshman in college), but am eager to learn exactly how something like geography can impact tech news.
From my perspective the biggest thing we lack in the midwest/no-coast/pick the name is awareness about what one another are doing. It’s easy to stay in the loop when everyone is in the same town. We are all so spread out and there’s no single place to attempt to aggregate it. I don’t know if this will work but thought it was worth a shot. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while and the best solution I had was following dozens of newsletters which is just an inbox mess. Not sure how it plays out but might as well give it whirl. I’ve already met half a dozen people I didn’t know via twitter from different communities reaching out so it’s a win so far from my perspective!
Would suggest you share a few articles that are relevant to you and see what happens.
Agree with Ben here. There currently isn’t a “hub” for people across the country to convene at, share, and network. Twitter is probably the best platform currently available.
From a Tech News perspective, most of it is highly skewed to what’s happening in Silicon Valley, New York, and Boston. From a social media perspective, my guess is most Twitter feeds are over allocated to coastal thought leaders, news, and trends as well.
There’s two types of peope (in some cities it may be the same person) to invite to middlebit. In Texas I know a few journalists that are working on their own publication/news outlet for the last couples years. Them + pulling in community buiilders will be awesome to see how communities collide
How come you would limit it to those two types of people?
I wonder if Matthew is looking those 2 groups as folks who have an incentive to get more of their work out into new audiences or the work of those in their communities. Hopeful he gives it a shot and we get to see how it unfolds.
DSM 2 testing comments…
Worked! Thank goodness!
As a followup to this. I just spend the last ~30 minutes or so frantically responding to DMs and adding the first dozen or so folks. I’m going to hit pause for now to ensure that 1) registration is working properly 2) This whole thing doesn’t fall over 3) I need to go to lunch and will check in when I get back :)
I just sent this to you via DM, but I guess this is a better place. Have a ton of people to invite from across the country whenever you say “go”
I think we could have more city tags. I follow companies outside just Cincinnati. Dropping a list we keep for upside, here:
Phoenix, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Columbus, Indianapolis, Charlotte, El Paso, Detroit, Nashville, Memphis, Portland, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Louisville, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Tucson, Sacramento, Kansas City, Omaha, Raleigh, Tulsa, New Orleans, Wichita, Cleveland, Tampa, Honolulu, Corpus Christi, Lexington, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Anchorage, Plano, Lincoln, Orlando, Toledo, Fort Wayne, Laredo, Buffalo, Madison, Lubbock, Reno, Winston–Salem, Boise, Baton Rouge, Des Moines, Spokane, Birmingham, Rochester, Salt Lake City, Grand Rapids, Tallahassee, Mobile, Knoxville, Providence, Sioux Falls, Eugene
also - what’s the thought on non-geographic tags? I saw “creative corner” are there other ideas?
Taking inspiration from Hacker News, “Ask Middlebit” and “Show Middlebit” would be cool to see.
I added a Middlebit tag but I’m not entirely sure I nailed the intent. Let me know your thoughts. Also changed this thread topic.
On hackernews these are types of self-post.
Ask HN is for questions to the community https://news.ycombinator.com/ask
And Show HN (or sometimes Launch HN) are for showing off things you’ve built: https://news.ycombinator.com/show (their rules/more info on Show HN)
I get it now. Thank you. Ask Middlebit & Show Middlebit have been added. Will modify other tags as needed in the short term.
Fully open to adding additional tags. The assumption so far has been to add the community specific tags as people from that area join. Thus far, the communities added reflect those who are invited thus far. As that expands obviously I’d love to add more and also add some moderators who can help add them :)
Fargo, Cincinnati, and Cedar Rapids were just added with new invites.
Instead of referring people to a specific thread to introduce themselves, is there a way to make that a tag? i.e. when you join, the first thing you do is “submit a story” that is “hey, i’m this person.”
Pros that I see: breaking that “first post” ice, allowing people to respond hello not nested in columns, more of a sense of community of “i am here”
Cons that I see: its not technically a story, the home page could get quite crowded with intros initially (over time I would guess this levels out)