The future is Gawker, except for Twitter.
I am sorta (read totally) in love with the new Gawker. Ever since I got to know Lloyd Braun, and was subsequently brainwashed by his insights about how much more engaging the Web could be if everyone didn’t just do the same thing (“why are all the sites so narrow - it’s like if we only watched Lost in the center of the TV screen!”) I see a lot of the info sites on the Web as well, pretty sterile.
But the new Gawker is for me, doing almost everything right. It’s fast. It’s emotional. It’s engaging. It’s taking great cues from that other thing that making the Web more rich and more engaging - iOS. It’s restrained and design forward and in epic form it upgrades the Drudge Report’s stop gap red 84 pt font solution to one of the Web’s oldest problems - how to break out of the reverse chronological mold that spawned, but has also hampered, the info Web as we know it. Best of all, you can get there by good old http://www. Nice.
The only thing I don’t like is no Twitter. I understand that math probably drove that decision and I respect that. But on a personal level Twitter is where I decide what to read and the lack of Twitter share means I’ll need to do some extra work to read the best of lifehacker.