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What’s digg?

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DiggDepends who you ask.

I think digg is a way to recommend ideas to others.

Diggocrats say that it’s a “digital media democracy” or a “user-driven social content website.” Woowoo. Hang on a minute.

Here’s how it works.
1. You get a free account at digg.
2. You read something on the web that you hope others will read.
3. You digg it with a simple click on its “digg this” button (or, if it’s not listed with digg, you list it and digg it – very easy).
4. Others scan the lists of stories coming onto digg, and read the ones that interest them. They digg.
5. Things bubble up – more diggs, more people think, “Hmm, maybe that’s one I should check out.”

More details at digg/about and How digg works.

But here’s the thing – when you see something here (or somewhere else) that makes you think, Oh, I wish more people knew that!” – digg it!

And more people will.

Want to see what I’ve dug? Click here. [Blog-writers: I’m just getting going at this – don’t be offended if you’re not there yet – you will be!]

Want to see a truly cool graphic representation of stories and diggs happening in real-time? Check out swarm. It will be the coolest thing you’ll see all day, guaranteed. Money-back.

Thanks for reading. And thanks for your diggs!

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Written by Monte

March 14, 2007 at 5:33 pm

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  1. Thanks for the tips – I’ll go look at diigo. I’ve started searching a little with ixquick, which keeps no records of one’s search history, unlike all the others I know of. I sometimes find the privacy issues surrounding searches a little alarming (child of the 60s paranoia, I guess!).

    Monte

    March 27, 2007 at 12:12 pm

  2. del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site, so not quite the same as Digg, which is really intended for popularity of news items.

    del.icio.us is like the bookmarks in your browser, except that they are on the Web, so you can use them from more than one computer and when you are away from home, and you can also link to other people’s bookmarks.

    For personal research, diigo is good.

    Steve

    March 25, 2007 at 11:42 pm

  3. Yes, it is clunky, and its roots are in science. Maybe someone knows of a better one that fits more categories. Is del.icio.us like that? Anybody have a feel for something that would do this for us?
    Thanks, Steve, for helping me see it.

    Monte

    March 25, 2007 at 8:29 am

  4. I tried to use it a couple of weeks ago, and then tried again when I read your article.

    I still find it clunky and hard to use, and the categories seem very broad and narrow: there are a lot of fine distinctions between various technological and business categories that don’t interest me at all, and nothing at all for the humanities — there is simply nowhere to put stuff that is not related to science and technology.

    Steve

    March 24, 2007 at 10:02 pm


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