I recently stumbled across Slinkset in my regular quest for new journalism business models (technically it’s been around since last summer). Slinkset enables you to create your own social news site in seconds (think Reddit or Digg). I was a little skeptical about how easy it could really be, so I created a Journalistics Slinkset site. Now it’s not as pretty as Reddit or Digg, but it took me five minutes start to finish to set it up. I estimate it would take another hour of my time to customize it further. Compare this to months of development and tens of thousands of dollars to build a site like this the old fashioned way, and it’s pretty impressive.
Of course, when I discovered Slinkset was a Y Combinator company I was less surprised. Y Combinator has launched some of my favorite startups over the past couple of years, including Reddit, Wufoo, Scribd, Weebly and Backtpe (we use Backtype Connect on this blog). Slinkset is the latest of my favorites to come from Y Combinator’s program. [Read more…]