For example, one of America’s most well known criminal lawyers, Alan Dershowitz has a group on Gather and is in the midst of publishing a six part series of articles on a variety of controversial, and politically fueled topics.
Gather works on a revenue sharing model, not unlike other social media sites like Revver. Here’s how Gather’s CEO describes it:
Gather is a place for you to connect with people who share your passions. It’s a place where you can contribute thought, art, commentary, or inspiration. We will reward you for all the great things you will share with others in your communities of interest. And together, we think we will create a pretty special place to hang out online.
Gather will make money by displaying advertising to people who use Gather’s services. It just seems fair that we share our advertising revenue with you based on the quality and popularity of the content you contribute on Gather. We will also share some of our revenue with you if you choose to use the site actively, exploring content that others write, searching on Gather and on the web, and inviting your friends, family, and colleagues to use the site. We will pay occasional users in points that you will be able to use to purchase goods and services from Gather partners in a few months. We will pay frequent users, who write great content consistently, in cash if they choose.
I think Gather is a really interesting site. I like the way that it makes adults with similar interests discoverable to each other. I’ve only used it for a short time, so I’ll be interested to see what my longer-term impressions are. To test Gather.com a bit more and hopefully extend the readership of this blog, I’ve set up my own Gather group: socialmediagroup.gather.com. I hope that people will use this group to share information on social media, social networking, web 2.0, mobile 2.0 and related topics.
Do you use Gather? If so, post a comment and let me know what you think.