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gdgt Goes Live: Rojas and Block's New Site for Hardcore Gadget Fans

July 1, 2009


GDGT LAUNCHES, TEHC JOURNALISTS, peter rojas, ryan block, new site

Gadget lovers, welcome to your new online home.

Conceived by its founders as a gadget site where fans could "hang out all day," gdgt combines a sleek interface, gadget database, and social networking-style features to create a forum where the devices are the stars.

gdgt is the brainchild of Peter Rojas and Ryan Block, both formerly top editors at groundbreaking technology blogs Gizmodo and Engadget. The site has been in the works for about a year, with a placeholder homepage only offering weekly podcasts and a promise of more to come. Now, that day is here.

In a helpful introductory video from Tekzilla co-host Veronica Belmont, the site is described as "The place where your friends and your gadgets come together." Features allow participants to create "have" lists and "want" lists of gadgets, to rank the devices, and to post lists to other social networking platforms, like Facebook. Account holders also have the Wiki-esque ability to add gadgets to the site's database or suggest changes to devices already entered. The mash-up of social network and technology-driven information continues with features like user reviews and discussions.

In a statement on the site, Rojas and Block write "it's the gadget site we've always wanted." But, in the spirit of the very technology that gadget fiends find so appealing, the site promises to remain dynamic, and the initial features are only the beginning.

"While the core concepts that drive the site -- gadgets and community -- will always stay the same, what we're most excited about is the fact that we can use gdgt as the foundation for building tons of new features and tools for the gadget world," Rojas and Block posted.

It should surprise few technology buffs that as of press time, the most discussed gadget on gdgt was Apple's recently launched iPhone 3GS, followed by the Palm Pre, iPhone 3G, and the Amazon Kindle 2.

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