I was reading a item, blogging and pr, in one of the several online newsletters that I subscribe to, If!, and saw the option to dig it, along with the option to tag it in del.icio.us. Someone else had mentioned this to me in a conversation that same morning so I clicked through to find Digg.com.
It is a great web 2.0 concept. As the Digg site says, “Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.” Here is another example of extending the Google page rank concept and the social bookmarking trend to have participants rank stories on their importance by simply “voting” on them. When a story gets enough support, it appears on the front page of Digg.
Here is a comment, Does Digg Thrive on Weird Stories?, that appeared in the blog, Gooink. It starts with, “Digg has seen phenomenal growth since it first came out. Primarily because users have the control on what they want and don’t want to read.” Then goes on to say that it also angers the writer because sometimes th ewsidom of crowds puts weird stuff that is off-topic for Digg as it claims to be a technology newsletter. It is also subject to spam induced placement of stories. This remains an issue for many of these user driven tools. I guess if the crowds are large enough, the spammers get outvoted or the tool, like Google, attempts to have sophisticated ways to filter out the spammers and idiots. Ironically, I found this comment on Digg as the top story at the time I looked. It ends with a plea to stop misusing Digg. I wish that was all that was required.