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06 January 2007

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Dustin

Jim,

I feel like I must be missing something here... I would think that one of the most valuable aspects of Digg (I'm not a big user either) is that the "voting" for articles only promotes articles that lots of people find interesting... If you're grabbing tags off of del.icio.us, then it would seem that it would only take one vote for any del.icio.us user to place something front-and-center on your newspaper.

While I do see how when you are grabbing things out of your "network" of friends that could be called "social news", but it feels a stretch to compare it to the social news aggregations based on the input for a large group of people.

Jim Benson

If I had 20,000 friends, the voting would be important to me. However, my social news service is about 250 people all working toward common goals. Their judicious use of tags, I think, is an adequate filter.

Voting is a filter necessary when there would be too many choices to deal with.

Perhaps most important up there is being able to see, in real time, arrivals of "for:" links on del.icio.us. Historically, I have received a lot more value from Ed Vielmetti's gift of links to me than I have from mass social news sites.

Having said that, this isn't a Digg replacement. I don't use Digg, but I do use Techmeme, Megite and Swamii.

Also, I could subscribe via RSS to front page on Digg or any other social news service using this.

So this tool is to create _my_ social news reader that is based on my specific network. It is giving me news that is highly relevant to me.

Digg works just fine for its membership and that's great. But many more people are not part of its membership.

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