On an episode of The Drill Down 3 weeks ago, MrBabyMan, Zaibatsu, MSaleem, and about 50 people in the chat room of their Ustream broadcast discussed putting up a site where stories that didn’t make it to the front page of Digg could “find a resting place.” After a quick brainstorming session, Lost Shovels was born.
While it hasn’t taken off yet as hoped with only 4 stories posted there currently, a variation of the idea was created at PopFAIL. This one has much more activity currently (I am one of the contributors) and each submission is accompanied by an analysis of why it didn’t make it and why it should have made it to the front page of Digg.
Both LostShovels and PopFAIL exemplify what should be happening with social media. While voting is currently king of what does and does not hit the front page of Digg and other social media sites, it brings to light a variation of a solution. Keeping a site “purely” user driven is nice in concept, but as sites gain power and increase in users, the inevitable flood of poor content starts to creep onto the front page. Trends take over. Currently, politics is so heavily weighted on Digg that the former Tech News powerhouse often looks more like a dumping ground of political commentary.
New social media sites are popping up every day. Some have promise. Mixx is one in particular that demonstrates a stronger desire to and more malleable platform through which to make a “smarter” promotion system. Propeller has been promising major changes for a while. Reddit is Reddit, but even its homepage is starting to seem more quality-based of late.
Until somebody figures out a way to put the best of the best at the top and the rest at the bottom, PopFAIL and Lost Shovels are potentially viable options to see what “coulda, shoulda, woulda” been a popular submission on Digg.
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