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bayosphere.com

Bayosphere was a short-lived user-driven local news site in San Francisco.

Bayosphere was launched in 2005 by former San Jose Mercury News columnist Dan Gillmor and Michael Goff and received investment funding from Mitch Kapor and the Omidyar Network.

Gillmor shut the site down in January 2006, and the site was bought later that year by the citizen journalism network Backfence, which itself closed in 2007.

The site developed a citizen journalist pledge. Gillmor’s primary focus was on the citizen journalism process, and he didn’t specify the subject matter that the site would cover. Consequently, Bayosphere was criticized for not being focused.

The site was criticized after its demise for being tech-centric and not truly representing San Francisco, and using inaccessible web tools. Gillmor pointed to a lack of collaboration and lack of partnerships as being key to the site’s demise.

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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: May 9, 2011.
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