Back in April we reported on the launch of an Indiegogo campaign to fund a new news service supported by @YourAnonNews, a popular (and controversial) hacktivist-supported news outlet on Twitter with over a million followers.
Earlier today a representative from the YAN team posted a press release on Pastebin. From the release…
First off, thank you for your patience. We’re very excited as we get closer to launch. Our dev team recognizes that timing is crucial because the funding for this project was crowd sourced. Our next press release will have a solid launch date. Also, yes, the perks from the Indigogo fundraiser are being packaged. When we started this project no one expected we’d need a massive mailing operation to box-up thousands of t-shirts, hoodies and coffee mugs.
In regards to the website, we’ve been working hard to design something clean and practical, but also fun to use. Twitter is heavily integrated – Facebook, not so much. Recently, we decided to ditch public comments entirely and replace it with a social chat feature instead. The way we see it, comments are rarely used to their full potential anymore and your friends will be more likely to enjoy your responses this way. Also, we won’t auto-attach our .com or account name to everything you tweet – because we’re classy.
It seems from the release that the new site will be a step away from the status quo when it comes to how news web sites are traditionally designed and implemented. It will be interesting to see how the platform plays out.