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“Good with your hands”

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Russell kind of caught us on the hop today. He mentioned Folksy and also said some terribly nice things about me. All correct of course and I’ll sue anyone who says otherwise. So now we have over 100 people subscribed to our “shout” list where we have license to shout. Brilliant!

Next on the to do list is to think of another word for Beta which is a horribly overused and useless moniker now it’s a permanent fixture on any West Coast half-baked IPO / VC hungry thing. “Charlie” would be the logical next step and I have a friend with a dog called Charlie and it’s a nice dog, so that’s as good-a-reason as any. But I feel it tarred with the whole Greek alpha geek brush. So we need to think anew. Russell suggested “rough” which I like but makes me think of Martin Parr-esque images of kids in Northern sink estates. Ideas? We could start a whole new movement for services with “aren’t-quite-ready-but-we’re-going-to-shove-it-out-there-anyway” ethos of community led development.

Anyway, hello. Welcome to Folksy. In the next few weeks we’ll be learning and stressing. And we’ll share that with you in the run up to Folksy launching in some form or other.

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charlie May 22, 2007 - 5:07 pm

I could be blind, but I don’t think you’ve said what Folksy actually is!
Also I agree with what you said about Beta. Flickr are on Gamma now. I wonder where it will end, if of course it needs to.
I wonder if you need an old phrase / wives tale – spit and sawdust model or bare bones.

Paul Wilson May 22, 2007 - 5:07 pm

I agree with avoiding the whole greek alphabet thing. Here’s some alternatives…

Maybe Folksy is the beta version of Folks – its a bit like it but not quite.

In the same vein it could be “kinda folksy”, or less colloquially “a bit folksy”.

Associated News would call it Folksy Lite.

Perhaps change it to Faulty for a while – or just Faulksy if you favour a slight pun.

On the whole I’d keep it as Folksy – it’s homespun and you don’t really expect it to be shiny and perfect.

James Bridle May 22, 2007 - 5:07 pm

How about “Folksy Prime”? – like Optimus Prime, but also like, you know, first.

Also: Prefolksy, Protofolksy, Antefolksy, Folksy One.

David Phillips May 22, 2007 - 5:07 pm

How about ‘first draft’?

james May 22, 2007 - 5:07 pm

Good suggestions. Charlie – we haven’t said what it is, except to say it regards handmade craft :) We think better to let you take a look and decide for yourself when we go live. I like the “spit and sawdust” model and getting away from the whole tech geek thing.. and in that vein I like your suggestions Paul around Kinda Folksy and A Bit Folksy. Hopefully if we manage expectations people will expect it to be a work in progress, something that will never be completely finished but which will evolve.
James & David ~ good call. Maybe taking the vernacular of the craft world – “sketchy”, “raw”, “unbleached”, “mono”??

sibel May 22, 2007 - 5:07 pm

For me beta versions are like babies/children, they are not fully developed but have huge potential to grow and evolve. So baby folksy is my (not so genious) first suggestion. Also, since folksy reminds me of “foxy” why not the baby fox, ie cub. Folksy- cub.

If not the baby idea, I also like the crafy wordplay with “sketchy”

Good luck in the name search!

Guy P May 22, 2007 - 5:07 pm

Maybe you could just put stabilizers on either side of your logo?

Ian M May 22, 2007 - 5:07 pm

Hmm how about ‘experimental’ … ‘useable’ … and ‘ready’ ?

Sort of have at least some meaning behind them…

Like this balloon idea thing. One day we’ll have an office big enough to fly something like that around in :)

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