Digg & Netscape: Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

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Netscape (AOL) recently released a public beta of their Netscape Homepage – its obviously Digg influenced.I’ve been quite open about my enjoyment (and usage) of Digg – I think it’s better than anything Slashdot has been in years.The problem with Digg is that it often becomes a heard mentality with Digg users jumping on a topic, killing a server, or attacking third parties who generally have a side (usually justifiable) to their story – these are usually done in the comments on Digg or on the linked website. However Dhe digg method is also a great place to get news judged ‘interesting’ by the worlds largest group of moderators (the users.) A way for news that’s not necessarilyThat’s why the new Netscape Site is on the whole not a bad thing. For many news organizations this is how I believe they should build their front pages. With editors picking a few lead articles and placing them at the top (or nearby) and the newsreaders promoting other news topics to the forefront. This will occasionally place a silly (or stupid) topic onto the font page but as Digg users have shown that, given a little latitude, they behave fairly intelligently with the power of promotion (or demotion) on the Digg site.This is hopefully how media organizations will develop their front pages in future – giving some credit to the intelligence of their users.read more | digg storyEdit:  As of right now the top story on the Digg inspired Netscape.com site is “AOL copies Digg” Jason Calacanis (GM of Netscape) responds, “We did not create the New Netscape to copy DIGG, no more than DIGG copied Delicious or Delicious copied Furl. All of these sites are evolutions of the first wave of bookmarking services. The key thing we are doing different is that we are having our editorial team followup on stories that make it to the top 20 list. We’re not doing this to become gatekeepers, but rather to add a journalistic process to the power of social bookmarking. You can call this metajournalism or social journalism, and I think it’s the logical next step.”If the audience votes a negative story about AOL to the top of the list (like they did today–our first day!), we will follow up on it for our users. If the audience votes up a negative story about Netscape–like this one–we will follow up on that as well. I know this is very meta, but this is the evolution. Journalism–>Wisdom of Crowds–>Journalism—>Discussion=Better Journalism.”

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