From a Tiny idea another big Rose?

By: December 16, 2013
Kevin Rose - he wants to gauge public interest before he invests any real money into Tiny Kevin Rose - he wants to gauge public interest before he invests any real money into Tiny

Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg and also a partner in Google Ventures, has released a video of a new idea he has for a different kind of blogging platform.

He’s looking for feedback. He’s not actively building this new platform, just yet – it’s called Tiny by the way – but he has worked with Marc Hemeon, a YouTube designer and Synack founder Bjoern Zinssmeister to get a prototype up and running.

The idea is to allow people a pixilated view of a person they follow while that person posts their blogs in real time. This would still allow Tiny bloggers to be relatively anonymous. It’s a blend of public and private, with a hint of what’s the person really like.

It could appeal to people on a simple voyeuristic level, albeit ones who don’t mind looking at blurred images of other people; it could appeal to people who like filters on apps like Instagram, it could appeal to people who want more than Twitter’s limited 140 characters by which to express themselves?

It looks like an attempt to target Tumblr, to be honest. A huge amount of people on Tumblr are in the arts – drama, fashion, erotica, music, film making, photography etc.. The ‘blurred personality’ of Tiny may interest them, as they can give away a hint of their personality as they write, but might also like to do so while wearing pajamas.

You can give Kevin Rose feedback on his video here, on Twitter, using the hashtag #Tiny. Video is below.