I mentioned in my earlier post today that Digg really didn't work for me. I have a network and it's out there generating news and information. I was pondering today how I might build my own social news service out of tools I already had available to me.
So, in 15 minutes I built my own Digg using my del.icio.us network and PageFlakes.
So here we have a few elements of social news (click to get a bigger image). First, my community is based on a few key elements: Cooperation, community, social software, and urban planning. We have some internal keywords we use like community_indicators.
Looking at this PageFlakes page, you can see I've taken del.icio.us and assembled tags by people within my network, tags my network has identified I should read, key tags (including community_indicators) and items I've tagged to remind myself to blog about them.
Looking at the top, you can also see that I have assembled on another page a variety of "Mainstream Media" that I want to keep track-at-a-glance of. (This includes TechCrunch, heh).
I wanted to assemble a social news site that actually took the value of my network and created a reader just for me. Here I have the people I respect, the topics I'm interested in, and worldly newssources that can help ensure my horizons don't become to inwardly focused.
Again, I built it in 15 minutes. I used a tool that already has critical mass of users and no "vertical" focus - del.icio.us. Then I married that with an organizational tool - PageFlakes. My personal use of PageFlakes isn't important to the rest of my community, they could all use NetVibes or Google desktop or whatever. But organizing that information is pretty essential.
This is important for people like myself who don't fall into a vertical populated enough for someone to go specifically make an application was. Digg is too specific, Netscape is too general. But working within my own community is just right.
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