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Google News, an automated

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Just had a wild thought. I wish I had time and the required intellect to analyse it thoroughly, but here goes.

I am an avid fan of I keep up-to-date(?) with all interesting news through this site. How it works is that people submit stories that interest them. And then other people “digg” it if they find it interesting. If enought people have “digg”ed it, it makes its way to the front page(s), where it would receive more “digg”s.

But isn’t Google News a similar thing? Except that Google does not need “diggers”. Using it’s spiders/crawlers, it keeps track of all stories being published. According to the site:

This is very much in the tradition of Google web search, which relies heavily on the collective judgment of online publishers to determine which sites offer the most valuable and relevant information. Similarly, Google News relies on the editorial judgment of online news organizations to determine which stories are most deserving of inclusion and prominence on the Google News home page.

Considering that Digg is a fairly recent phenomenon and Google News is quite old (inspite of the BETA tag), I’d say we stepped back in time!

Written by Null Bit

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 at 6:49 pm

Posted in Brainiacs

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  1. I never thought about it that way but your right, the only difference i can see is that digg lets the reader become “part” of the action by letting them submit stories and report if they like them or not.And of course we can’t forget the comments (i think we all hate 99% of them though)


    Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 3:10 am

  2. Seriously, who does read comments. I don’t… perhaps because I don’t have a super hi-speed Internet connection. But I really think trackbacks are the way to go instead of comments.
    Thanks for the comment. You just happened to be the first person to comment on my new blog. And you commented right on my first day of blogging 🙂

    Null Bit

    Thursday, October 13, 2005 at 10:12 pm

  3. […] I did a micro-analysis of digg once, soon after I had started using digg, where I likened it to a manual version of Google News. Dan Cameron has a post where he cites some reasons why he thinks the digg model may breakdown soon. He might be right. But his solution does not seem to be workable. What he proposes seems to be very similar to what StumbleUpon already does. And that won’t help. digg will need something else to keep being useful and help get news from all the world over to their front page. […]

    Null Bit Me » digg problems cited

    Thursday, December 15, 2005 at 3:38 pm

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