Got a nice email from the guys at Killer Startups today. Now I’m supposed to ask you to click the image above to help us win at the internet. Please do. Seriously.
They’ve taken the time to try and understand what we’re doing here, and they’ve done a fairly good job of summing it all up. From their review:
“Fame Game may sound like a trashy obsession, but this social web of influential New Yorkers actually has an intellectual base. It is tracking the “fame” of about 100,000 New York City residents and 2,500 organizations, which the founders claim represents the cultural economy of NYC. Indeed, the site does not discriminate between business owners, socialites, journalists, or architects- only the amount of attention they receive in the media. Fame Game could be described as a reverse social network- only once a person is listed in a media outlet and included on the site can that individual request to join. In this way, emerging artists, business leaders, or actors can work to gain more public attention and individuals take the role that publicists traditionally fill.”
I’m pretty happy with the way they’ve characterized our project. Simply put, the attention index exemplifies what Fame Game is facing forward: a public record of the social, professional and creative life of New Yorkers. What our friends at KillerStartups aren’t quite keen to however, is how Fame Game is also a tool (and platform!) for individuals to promote interesting and beneficial cultural projects itself. As we (our staff, partners and members) continue to add new content to the site, Fame Game will continue to grow in utility and influence. Its as simple as that.
And of course there’s a bit of criticism at the end:
“Will Fame Game better define its objectives? It lists esoteric rhetoric about celebrity culture, but the site needs to fine-tune its purpose to be successful. There are a lot of interesting and excellent ideas floating around, but at the moment it rather overwhelming.”
I find their criticisms valid, if only because we’re just now making use of the lessons we’ve learned in the last few months. At the same time, we’re looking at this social group and its relationships in a novel way, so if you’re confused try to frame your exploration in the simple context of “people, parties and projects.” Until then, bear with us as we wrangle some of these ideas that are “floating around.”
Thanks for your continuing support.
ryan [at] famegame.com
- James Ogilvy, Publisher of Luxury Briefing, in conversation with Fame Theory:
“What would be nice, I guess, is if a different kind of celebrity could become the hero and heroines, rather than the people who are, what you would call, ‘eye candy’. And it may come. It may come.” (Audio, 3:25)
jose [at] famegame.com