One of the problems with signing up for things on the Internet is that e-mails keep coming to your inbox. Like an old flame who keeps in touch, sometimes you are tempted to take another look. When the Assignment Zero idea was first introduced, it was something I wanted to like, but I never seemed to be able to grasp how it would work.
Others seemed to get it, and being the least cyber anything it is easy for me to write things off as a generation gap like the video games I can't play and the controllers that can't even help me find on and off. Nothing is for everyone and cutting edge technology, except for the Wii, isn't my niche.
My honeymoon there was short lived, but it seemed that more than a few here at Newsvine, were still trying to give it a good effort and excited about, the whatever it is that the crowdsourcing was, and being part of a team to make it work.
Tonight I was slogging through a backlog of emails and there was an update from the Net Zero team. They were talking about the things they have done to improve. So I went to check out the site and give it another look. Maybe see if there was anything that might be happening over there that I'd like to read, or at least see what my fellow viners were up to.
If you are there I couldn't find anything that felt like what I was looking for. It was no clearer to me tonight, than the beginning, how and where the communication or collaboration occurrs. The only sign of familiar faces, was a post Adam Hobson left in late March, suggesting there be a way to add sports. Even seeing that felt a bit lonely, with Adam hanging off in the corner in his familiar red jacket, but no comments or replies.
This isn't meaning to critique the project, but follow up is one of my obsessions and this went from red hot to luke warm to seemingly gone. Is anyone out there having a Assignment Zero successes? Are there details that escape me in a site search? Is there some secret corner with a place that Newsviners hide?
What is happening if anything with the whole crowdsource experiment? Is it going gang busters behind the scenes, or is the absence of Vine life, evidence that the experiment is dead? Maybe old age makes me look for closure and before I relegated the team e-mails to my spam and forget them it seemed fair to ask if there is something I am missing and a reason to look again.