Diggnation host Kevin Rose talks about the features of the popular website Digg. Shomari chats with the Digg founder as he tapes a live episode of the hit internet show Diggnation in New York City with his co-host Alex Albrecht. Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht are greeted like rockstars at their live events including their latest hosted at SXSW. Stay tuned to download more episodes in the Binside TV Diggnation series. Hosted by Shomari Harris. Producer/ Director/ Editor/ Cinematographer Shani Harris. Special Thanks to Kevin Rose, Alex Albrecht,Jay Adelson, Diggnation and Revision3.
During their usual Web shows, the hosts lounge on an overstuffed couch and discuss the highest-ranked stories on Digg, the social news Web site founded by Mr Rose. Most episodes, they drink beer, make small talk with the audience and playfully rib one another while discussing the news. Kevin Rose and his Diggnation co-host Alex Albrecht made a recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon's Late Night show. The pair greated fans at a live Diggnation taping of their show at SXSW. At SXSW Kevin Rose announced a twitter directory launch and new Copy + Paste functions on iPhone OS 3.0.
The scene unfolding on Saturday night in the backyard of Stubb’s, a barbeque restaurant in downtown Austin, can be described in one word: mania. More than 2,000 fanboys and girls piled into a scrubby yard, pumping their fists in the air, shouting and chanting as they waited for the guests of the evening to arrive on stage. The fervor and excitement — which one attendee described as Beatlemania for nerds — seemed worthy of a musician or Hollywood celebrity, but neither arrived. Instead, Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht, co-hosts of “Diggnation,” a weekly Web show, strolled out.
Saturday’s event, which featured Mr. Rose and Mr. Albrecht giving away pairs of silver Adidas sneakers, track jackets and Panasonic digital cameras before they settled down to chat about the most-Dugg stories of the day, was the best-received event of the weekend so far.
During their usual Web shows, the hosts lounge on an overstuffed couch and discuss the highest-ranked stories on Digg, the social news Web site founded by Mr Rose. Most episodes, they drink beer, make small talk with the audience and playfully rib one another while discussing the news. The topics du jour for Saturday were the financial analyst Jim Cramer’s stock market manipulations, a keyboard that simulates the music of the electro-DJ duo Daft Punk, and a paralyzed man who was able to walk again after being bitten by a brown recluse spider.
Jay Adelson, chief executive of Digg, said the appeal of the show lies in the accessibility of both Mr. Rose and Mr. Albrecht. It’s not uncommon for them to hang around after live tapings and chat with audience members, he said.
“There’s no distance between fans and artists,” said Mr. Adelson. “They’re a part of the same community.”
Drue Placette, 28, a technology consultant from the Austin area, said he’d been a fan of Mr. Rose since the late ’90s when he appeared on a tech-centric show called “The Screen Savers.” “It shows that any homebrewed guys with a laptop and the Internet can make it,” he said.
Last month, at ROFLCon in New York City, Jim Louderback, chief executive of Revision3, the San Francisco-based studio that produces Diggnation, said the company began hosting the live versions of the Web show a few years ago to help promote it and expand its audience. The live events were better than any marketing campaign for the shows, which draw roughly 200,000 views each, he said. “People love to attend and tell their friends. It’s a great word-of-mouth campaign.”
Bob Rose, Kevin’s father, flew into Austin from Las Vegas for the event. It was the first time Mr. Rose, 70, had ever seen a live edition of his son’s show, and he confessed to being a bit stunned by the wild response it was eliciting.
“It’s crazy,” Mr. Rose said shaking his head. “I never dreamed it was like this.”
“Someone told me its like he’s a pop star that doesn’t play music. I guess that’s true,” he said, gesturing to the cheering crowds in the audience. “But all of this is eons ahead of me.” [NY TIMES]
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