Digging Itself (Maybe) Out of A Hole
Digg, the original “wisdom”-of-the-crowds web content filter, has caved.
It’s abandoning–“tweaking” would be the kindest description–its earlier policy of allowing users alone to elevate or demote web content to visibility. By making changes to its algorithm, it will essentially diminish the impact of the votes (aka “Diggs”) of a hardcore group of power users who have disproportionate influence over what content sees the light of day.
Founder Kevin Rose has a sly, even disingenuous, blog entry explaining the change.
Scott Karp, author of the Publishing 2.0 blog, offers an insightful explanation of what’s really going on–and what it means to the whole wisdom-of-the-crowds concept.