It’s time that I announced the project I’ve been working on in my evenings and weekends. It is a collaborative filter for new media – podcasts and videoblogs mostly. Behold, the mighty AmigoFish! You can create an account, rate the things you care about and get predictions for other things you might like. I’ve been using it that way pretty much every day for the last month, and have found all kinds of new things to listen to. Try it out and let me know what you think. I’m not going to burden everyone with the “beta” or not nomenclature. It is a work in progress, much like everything like this. I appreciate any feedback you might have about how it works for you, what features you might like, and so on. I’m nervous about going public with this, but it seems like it is time. It’s not like it is finished – it never will be – but I realized that the main reason for not putting it out there was only my own fear. Put it all on black and let it ride!
There is also a blog I’ve been keeping for the project. Obviously, I haven’t sunk a lot of time into things like changing from the default template. If you follow that blog, you can get a little insight into the inner workings. I’ve been asking people that were early users to keep quiet about it so that I could stay off the radar until I was ready to go public. That time is now, so you are all welcome to do what you want. If you could throw a brother a little blog link love, I’d be highly appreciative.
Great big thanks to the alpha users, some of whom suffered through the really bad interface that was on the early iterations of this project. The input of those people was really helpful. I tried to do what the people like Jason Fried say you should – I set up the shell of a useful thing and let people’s use of it drive where it should go. That will be what continues to drive it forward. Here’s hoping some of you sign up and use it and find it useful.
I’m scared, but excited. It’s time to push this bird out of the nest and let it fly or not.