Digg Et Al

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Emerging Media presentation on social news sites such as Digg

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Digg Et Al

  1. 1. Social News websites Citizen journalism meets Web 2.0
  2. 2. What is a social news website? <ul><li>Large community of users submits links to news articles. </li></ul><ul><li>Other members of the community vote on them. </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to Del.icio.us, but for news. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who? <ul><li>Digg.com </li></ul><ul><li>Reddit.com </li></ul><ul><li>Netscape.com </li></ul><ul><li>Topix.net </li></ul>
  4. 4. Digg <ul><li>Started as a tech website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(similar to Slashdot) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now many different topics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Users submit, vote and comment on stories. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Dugg up” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Buried” (down). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Also vote on comments. </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.digg.com </li></ul>
  5. 5. Reddit <ul><li>One of the early “digg copycats” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different topics called “subreddits” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Users submit, vote and comment on stories. </li></ul><ul><li>Also vote on comments on stories. </li></ul><ul><li>Acquired by owners of Wired in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.reddit.com </li></ul>
  6. 6. Netscape <ul><li>Owned by AOL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Was a generic web portal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>June 2006 relaunched as a Digg clone </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vote </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sink </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continued to lose users </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.netscape.com </li></ul>
  7. 7. Topix <ul><li>Similar to the others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More like a traditional news portal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Localised content – automatically </li></ul><ul><li>Become an editor for your town </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.topix.net </li></ul>
  8. 8. Usage
  9. 9. Problems? <ul><li>Spam </li></ul>

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