by Ryan Block on July 1, 2009
It’s taken a little while for us to get here, but we’re very happy to be finally unveiling gdgt to the world. So what is it?
Well, for starters it’s the gadget site we’ve always wanted. We both love devices and spend an insane amount of time playing with them, writing about them, talking about them, and thinking about them. We’ve waited for years for somebody to make a gadget site we could go hang out at all day — when no one did it, we just decided to do it ourselves and make sure that it went beyond everything else out there.
The actual genesis of gdgt sprung from an idea Peter had for a site where people could create and share lists of products they had and wanted, and an idea Ryan had for how to build the world’s greatest gadget database. On their own both ideas were alright, but when we combined them we wound up with something way greater than the sum of its parts. After our work at Engadget and Gizmodo, we knew gdgt had to be different from the rest of the technology sites out there, yet make total sense as soon as you saw it.
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. Stuff like the gadget finder — which lets you search for devices based on specs (finally!) — is only the start. We’re already working like crazy thinking up lots of new stuff to introduce over the coming months. And since we’re building this site for you, it goes without saying that the gdgt community has a direct say in what we’re working on. (Hit us up in gdgt feedback to tell us what you want from gdgt, or just what’s on your mind.)
We really appreciate how patient and supportive everyone has been while we’ve labored to get gdgt out the door. We’re extremely excited about what we’ve built, and even if it still has some bugs here and there (hey, you’re probably an early adopter, you can handle it!), we hope you think it was worth the wait. So go and create a profile, start building your gadget list, and check out all of the cool features the site has to offer. In the mean time, you know where to find us: we’ll be right here working to make gdgt the place to call home for you and your gadgets.
-Peter and Ryan