About this project
HELLO - THIS IS WHAT WE'RE ABOUT
We are a team of young developers / students / programmers trying to successfully launch a web project we have already committed a year's worth of work to.
For all the web-users, who waste too much time sifting through articles, lost between millions of different web pages, Newsgrape is a milestone in blogging and online-journalism and sets new standards in reach, revenue-possibilities, reading-experience, multilingualism, news-distribution and quality-assurance. Unlike link-directories, aggregators and feed-readers, Newsgrape operates on a user-friendly, clear and easy to use interface that combines all available features with new innovations and creates a superior news community. If you have a couple of minutes left, check out this 7 min Presentation of Newsgrape! VISION An intelligent, open minded and free thinking society. MISSION Make knowledge and opinion, separated, both online and offline, globally available. VALUES Everyone has the right for a personal opinion. We offer an opportunity to build one.
SUMMARYNewsgrape is a free text-community for the sharing of articles, which it links to each other. Writers can create Magazines to publish articles collaboratively in a group of people. With the E-Go , Reader have numerous ways to filter through interesting articles from the database to organize them in subscription groups or store them in libraries. It also caters for bi- or multilingual users, as it allows for multiple languages on one interface, simultaneously. Two main innovations are the Newsrank algorithm, which evaluates the quality of each article based on reader behavior, and the Fastnews, which we believe could distribute short news more efficiently than, for example, Facebook or Twitter. Newsgrape offers up to 75% from the advertising revenue generated by articles to the authors, and aims to become the best income source for successful bloggers. Other features are: Awards, which can be granted in regular intervals by magazines and writers, a smart commenting system, where the comments change according to user evaluation, and a messaging system, which, next to normal user to user messaging and contact between writers and their subscribers, also provides a board for magazine internal communication. All of this, with modern privacy-settings , to give complete control over personal data, to be deleted with the click of a button.
WHERE WE ARE SO FARFingers superglued to keyboards and over 5.500 hours of work between over three dozen people worldwide have gone towards the development of Newsgrape Alpha 1.0. Our engine is written in 'Python', based on the framework 'Django' and currently consists of over 11,000 lines of code. If you want to know how the whole thing looks like, check out this Interactive Guided Screen Capture!YOUR PART IN THIS
So, why don't we just go online you ask? Unfortunately not everything can be fueled by dedication and passion to the point of completion. So now we are at the stage where we need a little capital to continue developing further and invest into capable servers. We're asking you to parent our project - it is with your help that Newsgrape will be on its feet, learning to walk. We hope to appeal to your interest so it doesn't come to the point of having to throw ourselves into the shark tank of Venture Capitalist investors who focus on profit, as opposed to the platform and the users.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH YOUR MONEY
With $12,000 we can launch Newsgrape this winter. Yes - this winter! As your money would allow us to have this site up and running in Europe and the States faster than you can say Newsgrape.OUR PROMISE Newsgrape Pre Beta 1.0 online this winter, with the interface in English and German and dozens of other languages to read and write (or publish photo-spreads etc). To see our full mission statement click here!
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