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Genius De-Emphasizing Web Annotations

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  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    Casey Newton, writing for The Verge:

    Genius, which raised $56.9 million on the promise that it would one day annotate the entire internet, has been losing its minds. In January, the company quietly laid off a quarter of its staff, with the bulk of the cuts coming from the engineering department. In a post on the Genius blog at the time, co-founder Tom Lehman told employees that Genius planned to shift its emphasis away from the annotation platform that once attracted top-tier investors in favor of becoming a more video-focused media company.

  2. devenstonow


    I don't think much will change for my usage, but this doesn't make much sense. 90% of the time I'm looking at Genius (which has become the best lyric site) I'm listening to music at that time...I'm in no desire to pause my music for a video
  3. Malatesta

    i may get better but we won't ever get well Prestigious

    don't think this will work in their favor. their video content isn't bad, but it's not the stuff i seek out, or i think that most usual genius users will go to the site for.
    coleslawed likes this.
  4. Malatesta

    i may get better but we won't ever get well Prestigious

    christ, remember when the co-founder annotated Elliot Rodger's manifesto, saying "my guess: his sister is smokin hot"? what a prick.
  5. coleslawed

    Eat Pizza

    yeah, I've enjoyed a few of their videos, just wish it weren't so hip-hop oriented.
    they are definitely my go-to lyrics site, though, and I've always been a fan of the annotations.
  6. Matt Chylak

    I can always be better, so I'll always try. Supporter

    Just what the world needs, another media company.

    Guess that whole "annotating the world" thing didn't have legs.