Friday, March 02, 2007

I’ve had looking into and joining on my list of things to do for a long time. I’ve seen it at the bottom of many other’s blog postings so I figured it was the thing to do. Tonight I finally got on their site, but it’s not what I expected at all.

According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Digg is a community-based popularity website with an emphasis on technology and science articles, recently expanding to a variety of other categories such as politics and videos. It combines social bookmarking, blogging, and syndication with a form of non-hierarchical, democratic editorial control.

News stories and websites are submitted by users, and then promoted to the front page through a user-based ranking system. This differs from the hierarchical editorial system that many other news sites employ. However, this democratic style has led to criticism that Digg is susceptible to ideological or commercial manipulation.

It seems like all it really is, is someone reading an article that they like and instead of just sticking it into their own private Favorites they put it on Digg with a comment about why the article is great. Then the article gets voted on so it either moves to the front page where lots of people see it or it gets buried.

I guess the benefits are: if it’s an article you wrote it gets more traffic. (Potentially) And it is a place to save your favorites.

The cons are: who has time to right comments about other people’s articles to stick on someone else’s website? And as far as using it for your Favorites, it’s a whole lot easier to just click on my favorites button rather then go to another website and get into my profile there.

Where do people come up with all the time to keep track of all these sites?

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