Imagining a Social News Browser

netscape 9 teaser

Last week, Netscape flashed a teaser of the upcoming version 9 of its browser. Details are few, but what is most exciting to me about this release is that they’re touting integration with their social news site. This is something that many a social news junkie has lusted after for use with sites like Digg, Reddit and Newsvine. But what exactly will it entail? How deep will the integration go? What will it take to make it a killer app for users? And what effect will this have on social news? [Read more…]

The Irresistible Draw of Social News


People often ask me what drew me to the world of social news. This is a question that has more possible answers now than when I started using Digg. Some of the answers also provide insights as to why it is so hard to stop participating in social news once you’ve started.

Before the age of social news sites, I used to work in an office with an open-concept layout. The employees there would frequently IM links to current events to everyone in the office. People would read it and then shout out comments or witty remarks about it. This was the original social news for me. The environment on Digg reminded me of that. [Read more…]

The Line Between Being Social and Gaming

The social aspects of sites like Digg, Netscape and Newsvine often provide the most rewarding experiences of the site. Being social is also a sure-fire way to move up the rankings and gain respect within the communities. There is a point, however, where being social can be construed as gaming the site. So where does being social end and gaming begin? [Read more…]

Digg’s New Bag of Tricks


Digg has rolled out a whack of new features. So many, in fact, that it prompted many to ask “is this v4?” However, no one from the Digg camp has referred to this as a new version, so lets not go there.

With this upgrade came some new features, some features removed and left us scratching our head about the whereabouts of some oft-promised vapor-features. [Read more…]

Digg’s Kevin Rose could already have been a millionaire by now.

Rumors of a Digg buy-out have been around as early as January when Yahoo allegedly offered $30 million for it which Kevin Rose promptly denied.

Then, just mid-August, another story ran on BusinessWeek about the Valley Boys, again with Kevin Rose on the cover image and a headline that says “How this Kid made $60 million in 18 months“. Of course, that was another hypothetical number drawn from some magic calculator somewhere.
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This is a personal BLOGvent


As of recent, an abundance of ideas have been overwhelming my cognitive behaviour in such a way that for me to move forward with these ideas I need to ask other people for help in the form of a mutually wanted and beneficial exchange. In the past at entering this realm of flux, a general life anxiety tends to emerge. Many of us have mental health concerns that are as alike in physicaql presentation as some common physical ailments are mentally. I think the ideas or the learning curve begins overlapping the ability to function in the present. Can’t get them out fast enough’€¦ Once I feel confident with learning the initial stage of whatever medium I am pursuing I want to learn more instinctively. Really, this is upsetting with some mediums I have encountered. More times than one I have become impassioned by the paint brush or pen. As an adult, it seems the learning curve slows but the ideas persist. Perhaps this slowing is due to the not being able to focus on say 10 areas. Never mind one, because that would discount stimuli; the fuel.

9.jpgI don’t know about you but I have become drawn to the internet to continue learning and practice my trade. This learning has lead to a belief, that I am not alone upon discovering one can actually make a living doing this. Blogging is an art-form that needs more coverage offline. The lovers of art of the world really don’t know this. They could though but are merely humoured by it because it is free somehow?

Making a living is a full-on broad spectrum phrase mind you.
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Should Social Bookmarking be Anonymous?

Social bookmarking sites capitalize on the principle of the wisdom of crowds when deciding what content to promote to the sites’€™ front-pages. What happens as these sites start to mature is that a group of prolific community members rise above the rest of the community. Once a select group begins to be considered ‘€˜better’€™ than the rest, sites relying on socially driven content run into the information cascade problem and the wisdom of crowds doesn’€™t work anymore.

The Japanese discussion board may have the answer.

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