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on Aug 24, 2007 - 0 comments
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on August 23rd, 2007:
- Vacation, All I Never Wanted – United States citizens annually have 0 days legally required paid annual leave.
- Ultimate Flash Face – Construct faces from a comprehensive list of face features like hair, head, eyebrows, glasses, eyes, nose, moustache, mouth, jaw and beard.
- Disposable Coffee Cup Lids – The innovative lid alerts consumers their coffee/tea may be too hot by changing from a dark coffee bean color to a bright red when the lid is applied.
- Lily – Lily is a browser-based, visual programming environment that lets people create programs graphically, without writing code, by drawing connections between data, images, sounds, text and graphics.
- Web OS rundown – 45+ Web Operating Systems
- Digg redesign – Home page improvements coming, paving the way for digg images.
- Recap of the WYYC’s Yo-Yo Modifying Contest – From all accounts, Shinobu Konmoto’s “Nostalgia” was the clear winner and perhaps one of the most amazing entries the contest has ever seen. Shinobu’s creation was a scratch built recreation of a vintage car wheel.
Slashdot has launched Firehose, a collaborative system designed to allow users to assist Slashdot editors in the story selection process.
The hose contains submissions, RSS Feeds, journals and Slashdot stories, each color-coded along the color spectrum to indicate popularity. Red is hot, violet is not.
This seems pretty similar to the way Digg lets you digg or bury a story, except with Firehose you get a nice interface to select which stories you want to see by using the Firehose’s color filter.
Pete Cashmore writes:
Most likely, this will be seen simply as a Digg/Reddit clone. What Slashdot needs to understand is that the power of social news sites comes directly from how much traffic they drive: if a site drives traffic, bloggers will inevitably add favicons so readers remember to bookmark articles.
I don’t frequent Slashdot anymore, but when I used to a few years ago, the stories on Slashdot were on a much higher tech/geek level than Digg’s tech section ever was. Sure, Digg has a Technology and Science section, but a lot of these stories seem to have more entertainment value than anything else.
To illustrate, when I just opened the science section on Digg I get the following three stories:
- Cool lenses (no idea what that’s about from the story title, turns out to be about colored contacts)
- Marijuana Does Not Cause Psychosis, Lung Damage, or Skin Cancer
- 5 Summer Sex Positions That Could Get You Hospitalized. Or Arrested
Slashdot‘s science section features:
- Monkeys and Humans Learn the Same Way
- New Theory Explains Periodic Mass Extinctions
- Building Artificial Bone
Not quite to same to me…
In case you’re wondering what Digg is:
Digg is a technology news website that employs non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allowing an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.
The new Digg will include a redesign, new categories (including technology, entertainment, gaming, science, world & business, and online video). Users will be able to refine what they see on the home page.
Other changes include a more extensive filtering of stories, i.e. just see stories dugg by more than one friend.
Digg has about 800,000 unique visitors every day (9 million plus page views), and site traffic is doubling every two months. Definately one of the biggest in it’s game.
So be sure to check out the new Digg on Monday!