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The Verge
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The Verge website as of November 1, 2016
Type of site
Technology news
Available inEnglish
OwnerVox Media
Created by
EditorNilay Patel
Websitetheverge.com
Alexa rankNegative increase 564 (December 2018)[2]
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedNovember 1, 2011; 7 years ago (2011-11-01)
Current statusOnline

The Verge is an American technology news and media network operated by Vox Media. The network publishes news items, long-form feature stories, guidebooks, product reviews, and podcasts.

The website uses Chorus, Vox Media's proprietary multimedia publishing platform.[3][4] The network is managed by its editor-in-chief Nilay Patel, executive editor Dieter Bohn, and editorial director Helen Havlak.[5][6] The site launched on November 1, 2011. The Verge won five Webby Awards for the year 2012 including awards for Best Writing (Editorial), Best Podcast for The Vergecast, Best Visual Design, Best Consumer Electronics Site, and Best Mobile News App.[7]

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Joshua Topolsky, founding editor-in-chief at The Verge

Throughout the 2010s, AOL began to acquire websites in pursuit of a new ad-driven content strategy for the company.[8] One of their first acquisitions was Weblogs, Inc. in 2005, a company that ran dozens of websites, including Engadget, a tech news website.[8] According to Business Insider, Engadget "became the industry-leading gadget site", and AOL's "most popular and important media property."[8] All Things Digital called it "one of the largest in tech".[9]

We [Engadget] have been working on blogging technology that was developed in 2003, we haven't made a hire since I started running the site, and I thought we could be more successful elsewhere.

Former Engadget editor-in-chief Joshua Topolsky, The New York Times, April 3, 2011[10]

Joshua Topolsky became Engadget's editor-in-chief in 2007, and was responsible for new efforts like The Engadget Show and their mobile app, and the site's continued growth.[8] Animosities between Topolsky and AOL developed after AOL's September 2010 TechCrunch acquisition, when TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington made several public remarks disparaging Engadget and Topolsky.[8][11] When the acrimony between the two editors escalated in January 2011,[12][13] AOL didn't intervene.[8] The next month, an internal AOL editor training document called "The AOL Way", a new content strategy that prioritized profitability metrics, leaked to the press.[14][10] The document leaked before Engadget writers and editors saw it internally.[8] "The AOL Way" dispirited the Engadget staff and created an ideological schism between the two entities.[8][15]

Vox Media / SB Nation[edit]

Between March and April 2011, Topolsky and up to eight of Engadget's most prominent writers, editors, and product developers left AOL to found a new gadget site that would become The Verge.[9][10][15] The other departing editors included managing editor Nilay Patel and staffers Paul Miller, Ross Miller, Joanna Stern, Chris Ziegler, as well as product developers Justin Glow, and Dan Chilton.[9][16][17] In early April 2011, Topolsky announced that their unnamed new site would be produced in partnership with sports news website SB Nation, debuting some time in the fall.[16][18] Topolsky lauded SB Nation's similar interest in the future of publishing, including what he described as their beliefs in independent journalism and in-house development of their own content delivery tools.[16][17] Jim Bankoff of SB Nation saw an overlap in the two sites' demographics and an opportunity to expand SB Nation's model.[16] Bankoff previously worked at AOL in 2005, where he led their Engadget acquisition.[19] Other news outlets viewed the partnership as positive for both SB Nation and Topolsky's staff, and negative for AOL's outlook.[20][21][22][23]

Bankoff, chairman and CEO of what became Vox Media, the owner of the SB Nation brand, after the launch of The Verge said in a 2011 interview that though the company had started out with a focus on sports, other categories including consumer technology had growth potential for the company.[24] Development of the Vox Media's content management system (CMS), Chorus, was led by Trei Brundrett, who later became the chief operating officer for the company.[25]

This Is My Next[edit]

Following news of his untitled partnership with SB Nation in April 2011, Topolsky announced that the Engadget podcast hosted by Patel, Paul Miller, and himself would continue at an interim site called This Is My Next.[16][26] By August 2011, the site had reached 1 million unique visitors and 3.4 million page views.[26] By October 2011, the site had 3 million unique views per month and 10 million total page views.[1] Time listed the site in its Best Blogs of 2011,[26] calling the prototype site "exemplary".[27] The site closed upon The Verge's launch on November 1, 2011.[citation needed]

This Is My Next logo

On June 11, 2014, The Verge launched a new section on TheVerge.com called "This Is My Next",[28] edited by former editor David Pierce, as a buyer's guide for consumer electronics.

Launch[edit]

The Verge launched November 1, 2011, along with an announcement of a new parent company: Vox Media.[1] According to the company, the site launched with 4 million unique visitors and 20 million pageviews.[8] At the time of Topolsky's departure, Engadget had 14 million unique visitors.[9][22] Vox Media overall doubled its unique visitors to about 15 million during the last half of 2012.[8] The Verge had 12 former Engadget staffers working with Topolsky at the time of launch.[1] In 2013, The Verge launched a new science section, Verge Science, with former Wired editor Katie Drummond leading the effort.[29] Patel replaced Topolsky as editor-in-chief in mid-2014.[30] Journalist Walt Mossberg joined The Verge's editing team after Vox Media acquired Recode in 2015.[31] By 2016, the website's advertising had shifted from display advertisements, matched with articles' contents, to partnerships and advertisements adjusted to the user.[32]

2016–present[edit]

Vox Media revamped The Verge's visual design for its fifth anniversary in November 2016.[33] The Verge logo featured a modified Penrose triangle, an impossible object.[34] On November 1, The Verge launched version 3.0 of its news platform, offering a redesigned website along with a new logo.[35]

In September 2016, The Verge fired deputy editor Chris Ziegler after it learned that he had been working for Apple since July.[36] Helen Havlak was promoted to the editorial director position in mid-2017.[37] In 2017, The Verge launched "Guidebook" to host technology product reviews.[38]

Content[edit]

Podcasts[edit]

The Verge broadcasts a live weekly podcast called The Vergecast. The inaugural episode was broadcast on November 4, 2011. Unlike many episodes of previous podcasts, it included a video stream of the hosts.[39] A second weekly podcast was introduced on November 8, 2011. Unlike The Vergecast, The Verge Mobile Show was primarily focused on mobile phones.[40][41] The Verge also launched the weekly podcast Ctrl-Walt-Delete, hosted by Walt Mossberg, in September 2015.[42] The Verge's What's Tech podcast was named among iTunes's best of 2015.[43] The podcast Why'd You Push That Button?, launched in 2017 and co-hosted by Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany,[44] received a Podcast Award in the "This Week in Tech Technology Category" in 2018.[45][46]

Video content[edit]

On The Verge[edit]

On August 6, 2011, in an interview with Edelman, The Verge co-founder Marty Moe announced that they would soon be launching The Verge Show, a web television series. After the site's launch, the show was named On The Verge. The first episode was taped on Monday, November 14, 2011, with guest Matias Duarte.[47] The show is a technology news entertainment show, and its format is similar to that of a late-night talk show, but it is broadcast over the Internet, not on television. The show's first episode was released on November 15, 2011.

Ten episodes of On The Verge were broadcast, with the most recent episode going out on November 10, 2012.[48] On May 24, 2013, it was announced that the show would return under a new weekly format, alongside a new logo and theme tune.[49]

Other video content[edit]

On May 8, 2013, editor-in-chief Topolsky launched Verge Video, a site that contains the video backlog from The Verge.[50]

A gadget blog, Circuit Breaker, was launched in 2016,[51] has amassed nearly one million Facebook followers and debuted a live show on Twitter in October 2017. The blog's videos average more than 465,000 views, and Jake Kastrenakes serves as editor-in-chief, as of 2017.[52] Also in 2016, USA Network and The Verge partnered on Mr. Robot Digital After Show, a digital aftershow for the television series Mr. Robot.[53]

The series "Next Level", hosted and produced by Lauren Goode, debuted in 2017 and was recognized in the "Technology" category at the 47th annual San Francisco / Northern California Emmy Awards (2018).[54][55] In September 2017, The Verge launched a new web series called "Space Craft", hosted by space reporter Loren Grush.[56]

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