Monday, 23 February 2009


Got an email from the lib dems suggesting that I go digg something. What does anyone think about this? It seems like going and voting things up on aggregators is going to be a new form of spam (spag, anyone?) because loads of special-interest groups are going to try it on - and special-interest bodies are going to have a lot of mindless clickers, whereas the rest of everyone has less of a stake in ruthlessly voting things down. This could lead to the ruin of aggregators by diluting their usefulness. At the very least it seems that the aggregator sites will have to fight back against spag, provoking another arms race.

Your thoughts?


James Graham (Quaequam Blog!) said...

You seem to think the tactic isn't as old as sites like Digg themselves. Indeed, hyping is as old as the internet itself. Some organisations' entire campaign activities revolve around it.

I'm not saying it is right or wrong, but it is nothing new.

sanbikinoraion said...

Perhaps not - and perhaps its merely a function of how reddit has changed over the last year but I am now definitely seeing more spam entries to be voted on in reddit's top box.

I dunno, I just feel uncomfortable being asked to pervert the natural order - that things be judged on their own merits rather than being hyped by (effectively) zombies.