In a world of overloaded "infoglut", it feels like you're swimming against a tidal wave. Just to read daily tech news is an overwhelming deluge of articles.
And that's where Digg.com
comes in. "Diggers" help each other sift through all the infoglut to find what tech news is really important.
What Exactly is "Digg.com"?
is a special kind of news site. Instead of having editors decide what is front page important, Digg.com has its users collectively choose what they want to read. Using a voting system and a special queue of proposed articles, "Diggers" choose what technology news is good for their needs.
A Techno Democracy for Techno News!
Traditional news relies on savvy editorial staff to prioritize and publish content "heirarchically". There is editorial judgment imposed, and a small group of people decide what the masses will read on the front page.
Digg.com is the opposite. The thousands of Digg.com users decide what they want on the front page every day. The top-level headlines are the result of thousands of daily votes. Sure, there is a lag time of several days as people take the time to sift through many proposed news articles. But the results are a much better representation of the readers' interests and needs.
Submit, Queue, Vote and Comment.
Members at Digg.com
are called "Diggers", and they go through a simple cycle of news sifting. Firstly, users submit what they think to be valuable news articles that they find on the Net. These submissions then go into a "digg area" queue, where other diggers skim and read these submissions. Diggers then vote on what is valuable to them, along with optional comments they can add to the news article. Within a few days, if the news article received several dozen positive votes, it is then promoted to the Digg.com home page for everyone to see.
But Does User-Voted News Work?
Yes, but towards a different goal than traditional news. Instead of a small circle of experts deciding what is important, the mass of readers makes that decision. Like any democratic system, the model is flawed and can bog down in debate and drawn-out discussion. But like any democratic system, the long-term results are so much more representative of what the masses want.
If you are looking to learn what other Internet users are interested in, then Digg.com
is a good place to visit. And if enough people join and become "Diggers", then front page news will indeed be an insight into the minds of the Internet public.