Rusty Foster

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Lawrence Calvin Foster III,[1] commonly known as Rusty Foster, is the founder of Kuro5hin, and the creator of Scoop, a collaborative media application used by several websites. He is widely known in the weblog community for running a donation drive which netted over US$39,500.[2][non-primary source needed] However, the Collaborative Media Foundation that Foster promised to set up with the money never materialized, and was hosted for free by sponsors.

Foster later entered the political arena, partnering up with left-wing weblog moguls such as Markos Moulitsas Zúniga of Daily Kos. Foster served as the CTO of Armstrong Zuniga, a consulting firm formed by Zúniga and Jerome Armstrong in 2004, but the firm has since been dissolved. Daily Kos operated on Foster's Scoop software until February 2011[3][non-primary source needed], as do many smaller sites.[4][non-primary source needed].

He has a wife, Christina, a daughter, and a son.[5][non-primary source needed][6][non-primary source needed]

In 2013 Rusty Foster's Facebook account was subject to a 'prank' reporting him dead, drawing the attention of a number of major news outlets.[7][8][9]

Since 2013, Foster has written occasionally for the New Yorker magazine, including on the debacle.[10]

Foster now writes a newsletter called "Today in Tabs", which is syndicated on Fastcolabs and Newsweek.[11]


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  5. ^ rusty (2004-12-18). "Elinor Rose Foster". Kuro5hin. Retrieved 2006-11-04. 
  6. ^ rusty (2005-01-15). "Baby as clothing". Kuro5hin. Retrieved 2006-11-04. 
  7. ^ Hamburger (2004-12-18). "Facebook could have a big problem on its hands with 'memorial page' vulnerability". The Verge. Retrieved 2013-01-04. 
  8. ^ Popkin (2013-01-05). "Dead on Facebook: Pranksters kill accounts with fake death reports". NBC News. Retrieved 2013-01-05. 
  9. ^ Timoty (2013-01-05). "Rusty Foster isn't dead". Slashdot. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  10. ^ Foster (2013-10-21). "HEALTHCARE.GOV: IT COULD BE WORSE". Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  11. ^ Lynch, Matthew (20 March 2014). "Hate-reading with Rusty Foster". Capital New York. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 

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