Rocketboom…

Has it already been a year (and a bit) since the illustrious Joanne Colan left this hotpot of daily internet news?
I like and enjoy Rocketboom and like anyone with a pulse, I can watch people like Ellie and Molly all day long.
But enough of the chauvinism…

A year on and what, if any have been the improvements?
Well the Meme’s seem less, Rocketboom tech is about the same albeit I really don’t think they’ve truly embraced 4G and travelled the world talking to the manufacturers about how far they’ve truly got.

So now we come to the main show…
I’m sorry, but to me personally It has never fully recovered. The viewing figures may be up for all I know, but it’s just not the same.
After Joanne left, RB went through a restructuring of sorts and there was even to be an LA office. RB office itself has moved again, but for the most part many of the people I know who used to watch it – now don’t.

Now, Andrew Baron (or Drew) isn’t any kind of lame duck, far from it infact. He’s a razor sharp intelligent guy with an imagination for the newer style of internet entertainment (i-Ent) and while his normal methodologies have worked astoundingly well, I’m just not sure they’re working so well now.

So, what of this new presenter and indeed what of Joanne? Well, Meme Molly was an exceptional Vlogger in her own right on YouTube. Sadly they have made her try to copy the previous style that was very much Joanne and it simply isn’t right for Molly. Though I do think they’ve slowly been changing things a little.
Molly also seemed initially like a kid straight out school, often trusted up in what looked like a bad party frock, but Mollie has a very eclectic style, and one day seems like the sweetest kid, the next like the hottest rock chic. Her own style and personality needs to shine through more as she is far more talented than she appears to be allowed to do.

So gone were the cool womanly relaxed styles that Joanne Colan used to embrace, leaving only Ellie looking consistantly awesome.

Throughout the year though, there has been a slow and steady transformation, Molly isn’t as green as she was and is for the most part doing a stand up job. I do like Molly, but in her own style and while she has taken on the RB style, I think the RB style needs to change a little more towards Molly’s own style to be a greater success.

Ellie’s Rocketboom Tech is actually very good, it should be a show in it’s own right because she covers the very latest things and not always because it’s just the latest gadget on the market, they often look at things far before the point of market rediness. The show is sometimes woefully just too short and much more could be shown – like the recent incar tech show…

As for the new ‘out in the field’ reporter, well, I haven’t got a clue really…

Joanne on the other hand has been busy, very busy! And I hope to bring news of this here shortly.

I do like Rocketboom and I most certainly don’t know anything about show production etc. So my verdict?

Rocketboom a year on:  it’s still Rocketboom – but it never recovered!

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Published in: on 8 June, 2010 at 18:22  Comments (3)  
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Rocketboom returns

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Yes, after many shake-ups in recent months and Mr Baron almost having to go back to the drawing board, Rocketboom is back!
Now, in case you missed all thats been happening, here is what I know (which means it’s probably wrong);
joannecolanThe ever wonderful Joanne Colan (previous permanent host) left RB to develop her career and stomp new ground a few months ago. Sadly for us ‘punters’ this left a massive void.
In the mean time The Rocketboom tech crew carried on regardless and the powers that be brought in YouTube Caitlin Hill1supreme Vlogger Caitlin Hill from TheHill88. Now I like Caitlin, but to me personally, and this bares no ill will at all, there was something about Caitlin’s persona that was just too different from Joanne’s.  Also, Joanne had not been gone very long at all, so this was a little like a culture shock.
Then Caitlin departed and the RB Tech crew soldiered on.
Rocketboom TechAround this time Ellie Rountree started doing more ‘field’ vids and I really think Ellie is awesome at what she does. Shame she doesn’t answer email or twitter – but hey, she probably gets too many, actually that’s wrong, we swapped comments about a potato once – hmmm odd.
So…. Then the big news – Andrew Baron announces a huge change for the future of Rocketboom; Rocketboom was throwing Molly1open the doors to all for the following – Not one but TWO new presenters needed! One for NYC and the other to be based in LA. The LA post is still to be filled but as of today, the Rocketboom NYC office is back up running and probably fully manned with awesome, multi-million hit YouTuber mememolly at the helMolly2m.! Oh and she blogs too right HERE
I think a Vancouver office would be much better, not too far from Seattle and it’s also the Sci-Fi capital of the world (a win win).
Actually, I wonder if they could get Caitlin to do the other office?

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Never the less, here is the awesome Molly to introduce herself

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Flying Car?

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Ellie Rountree or should say elspethjane of Rocketboom checks out a flying car

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Published in: on 9 June, 2009 at 10:37  Comments Off  
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Know your ‘meme’ : Peanutbutter Jelly….

Is Ellie Rountree in any way related to Ricky Gervais?    There does seem to be an inherited triat…

I rest my case      ;-)

 

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Published in: on 11 May, 2009 at 14:41  Comments Off  
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Rockboom declines…

It’s not rocket science to see Rocketboom is in decline. There appears to be less and less coming from the website these days and it appears that, what I called the ‘meme technical crew’ are the only ones making any vidrocketboom_logo-copyeos of merit, yet they seem to be having a tough time too.

Joanne Colan was by far the must funny and intelligently articulate presenter they ever had, with Ellie Rountree a close second. The new girl Caitlin Hill is amusing, but the shows seem to be much shorter than previous ones. Joanne’s predecessor was okay, but simply not as good.

So, is Rocketboom starting to fade? will it still be around next month?  Well, who knows? really, who does know? Because there is starting to become an air of ‘who cares’?

It’s kinda sad if you ask me.

UPDATE…

I would appear that since writing this post, new information has come to light. I have it on very good authority that Rocketboom will be back on form and in full swing in the not too distant future.

Something to look forward to I think :)

 

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Published in: on 8 May, 2009 at 14:51  Comments Off  
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