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New Abstract On Brijit. Anyone Else Want To Write One?

In Abstract Alerts, brijit, editorial on Monday, 19 May 2008 at 10:45

Great feedback everyone. Thanks for the terrific show of support. Very helpful as I continue my conversations with potential investors and partners.

I’ve decided that, at least for this week, I’m going to try to do an abstract or two a day — only good stuff. It’s obviously a poor substitute for a fully-staffed Brijit, but it’s better than nothing, and it just feels like the right thing to do as try to find a home for the service while simultaneously closing it down. Here’s one I wrote last night: “Can a Dead Brand Live Again?” by Rob Walker in the 18 May 2008 issue of the New York Times Magazine.

If anyone else wants to write an abstract of something great that they read, watched, or listened to on one of our 100-plus sources, please let me know. If there’s enough interest, I’ll put a process in place to include abstracts from the Brijit community. I think I can handle edits on about a dozen abstracts a day. Leave a comment here if you’re in. Would love to have you. Tell your friends!

To be clear, though (and I don’t even have the technology resources at the moment to change the text of the Brijit site to reflect this): WE ARE NOT PAYING FOR ABSTRACTS AT THIS TIME. Many in the comments have suggested that the site could thrive without the $5 fee — we’re about to find out, albeit on a small scale. I hope you won’t let it dissuade you from writing.

Also, you may have noticed that you’ve stopped receiving your email digests from Brijit. Sorry about that — we know it’s a great product, and if we can figure out a way to come through on the other side, we’ll be makign them a priority from a business development perspective. But we’ve spoken with our friends at SilverPop, our email newsletter provider, and given the situation, we both agreed that we needed to stop sending Brijit emails, at least for now.

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  1. Count me in. Just give me somewhere to send it.

  2. Thanks, Jonathan. Will get back to you later today. Anyone else?

  3. I’m in. Let me know where to send abstracts and I’ll get right on it.

  4. I don’t know if this would help anything, but I know I have three abstracts completed and “pending” that you are welcome to publish. I imagine other writers would be willing to make the same offer.

  5. Thanks, Karen. I think that’s a great idea. If anyone else is willing to follow Karen’s lead and let me publish pending abstracts, please let me know.

  6. I also have two “pending” abstracts that you are welcome to publish.

  7. Hi. I’ll write abstracts, and you can definitely have my pending ones if you want them. If there’s a specific source you’d like abstracted, just say so, otherwise, I’ll just send in what I happen to be reading or listening to already… I miss Brijit already. It’s too much fun to lose.

  8. feel free to use any of my “pendings” as well.

  9. In the past, I have been using Brijit solely for the small amount of money I could get from it, but I love the idea of Brijit so much, and would hate to see it go away. When I have time (=summer vacation), I think I might start doing abstracts just for the heck of it. Brijit is a great site that needs to continue to exist, whether it pay us or not.

  10. I have two pending abstracts you can publish.

  11. Go ahead and publish my pending! It’s just a lil Marketplace, but it’s something. 🙂

  12. Please count me in, also.

  13. I have a several pending. Feel free to use them. Good luck!

  14. I’d definitely be interested. I’d be glad to write some abstracts to keep Brijit alive.

  15. Ditto on the pendings. I was down to one, but please use it.

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