Learn what you need. Share what you know.
That's Helium's pitch. Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn't it? ;)
Helium (very memorable, yet totally non-descript name ... those kids just love that, don't they?) combines original writing with user rankings and profit sharing. In other words, they've combined several elements of content creation with community-based valuation models.
Much like Newsvine and not as groupie/popularity-contest prone as Digg. Helium is not an expert community. As Marshall Kirkpatrick writes in TechCrunch:
Itís not expert vetted, for that youíll have to go to the NYTimes or Citizendium, and itís not collaboratively written like Wikipedia. Itís not crazy (in a nice way) like Squidoo. It is collaboratively edited in a unique and compelling way.I'm not saying on bullish on their prospects, but their idea/approach is not bad idea at all.
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Thursday, October 12, 2006