Nick Denton surprised some when he revealed he was relaunching Gawker's old tech rumor blog Valleywag this morning, as reported by Business Insider's Alyson Shontell. We asked a pair of old Valleywag editors what they think of the resurrection.
"It's the perfect time to bring back Gawker's Valleywag coverage," Ryan Tate told The Atlantic Wire in an email. "Silicon Valley is more culturally relevant than it's ever been, but its press corps remains remarkably narrow-minded and monotonous." Tate was the final Valleywag writer before Denton folded the vertical completely in February 2011.
Denton seems to agree. He told Business Insider that Valleywag 2.0 probably won't be around forever, but it will last at least until the second tech bubble is finally finished bursting and there's no rubble left to pick through. "This is the right time in the cycle for Valleywag," Denton told them. "As F*cked Company demonstrated ten years ago, an online bulletin board can become the publication of record."
Maybe we're getting ahead of ourselves. In case you don't know, Valleywag was an old Gawker Media site about Silicon Valley founded in 2006. Think the original Gawker ethos combined with a dash of TechCrunch but with way more Michael Arrington abuse. It was shut down as a standalone site in 2009 and turned into a section of Gawker when, full disclosure, our editor Gabriel Snyder was editing Gawker.