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…
Billy Chasen has launched fichey, a flash based site that allows you to browse through websites which are currently popular.
fichey – browse sites which are currently popular
fichey shows sites from a specified date that were popular on Del.icio.us, Digg, Downfly, Reddit and StumbleUpon.
Fichey saves pages from some of the top websites and shows them to you in a static “microfiche”-like format.
Pretty neat stuff to waste some time.
Also check out downfly, Chasen’s other site. downfly lets you easily send links to friends and see what are the most popular sites amongst your friends. You can also see which of your friends clicked the link you sent, as well as how much the link gets sent around. Additionally, you have the option to join a discussion about the link.
Link via TechCrunch
Pictogame is a online service (similar to MyGame) where you can create mini-games based on your digital pictures.
From the website:
In a few clicks, Pictogame enables you to make your own game widgets and share them easily by email, on your blog, on your MySpace profile, or on any social network…
- enhance blog readers experience with something new and fun
- entertain your friends
- grow your audience and popularity
- … and much more!
You don’t need to sign up to create games, but if you get an account (free) you will also be able to:
- save your games and edit them later
- list your games on Pictogame web site for them to be rated and commented by others
- rate and post comments
Visit Pictogame to create your own games!
Thanks for the tip, Cyril!
I must admit I’m not with it when it comes new services like Pownce and Twitter, so it’s nice to see Tony Hung (Deep Jive Interests) talk about these in a little more detail.
Pownce is an web-based instant messaging system that can be used ex-browser if you download the Adobe Integrated Runtime. Oh. Its wrapped up in a pretty slick package, and you can send group messages. That’s pretty much it.
It shouldn’t be confused with services like Twitter, which are really continuous partial attention services, or something that I’ve described as ambient broadcasting.
Read the article to find out more on how Pownce differs from Twitter.
MyGame is a new social gaming site that brings together user generated content, casual games, and revenue sharing.
Duncan Riley writes:
MyGame users can play existing games or develop their own games using a game builder. Users pick a game template, personalize it with text, sounds and photo, then start playing. User generated games can be shared on social networks or added to blogs and websites.
Link via TechCrunch
Mashable once again delivers a nice best of list, and this time it’s all about Online Music.
From the article:
Online music has always been popular, and now social networks, peer recommendations and personalized radio stations are helping fans find bands faster than ever before. Here are more than 90 sites for musicians, fans, and everyone who enjoys music.
The list includes Internet Radio, Social Networks, Music Sharing Applications and Widgets, Remixing, Mobile Music Services and even Karaoke.
Visit Masable for the full article.