Tuesday

Can I Digg it? Yes, you can!

Here's a real testament to how communities are building up around web technologies like Flickr and Digg. One of the distinguishing elements of social media 'hubs' like these are the groups of users who spend time creating and making available little applications and hacks that enable other users to use these sites in new and original ways. Often these micro-evolutions shape the way a site is used in the mainstream and can open up user streams that the site designers may not ever have thought of.

For those of you who don't know about Digg you can read more about it
here. In short, it's a site that lists the news stories that its user base vote for (or digg) in order of popularity. "[It] is all about user powered content. Every article on digg is submitted and voted on by the digg community". It's a great way of seeing what people are reading and what stories people think are important at that moment.

Digger Alex Bosworth has come up with a script that generates a 'digg this' button that bloggers etc can add to their posts to encourage people to submit their stories to digg [NB - it works but it needs a bit of tinkering with to get it looking right]. The guys behind dig have already mentioned that this is a facility they want to offer their members in the near future. I'll be interested to see whether they do and if/how they get around the potential for rigged votes. Rumour has it that an email campaign cost Christian Ronaldo the Young Player of the Tournament at the recent World Cup. I wonder whether a similar coordinated attack could promote a band/political viewpoint/corporate message?

Pic from jerseyimage via flickr

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting site. Useful information. Bookmarked.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work. thnx!
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