Kevin Rose came to visit

posted by Steve Bowbrick

Digg founder Kevin Rose is in town and the people at FutureNow (which is part of the BBC’s training and development function) invited him in to speak to people from around the organisation. Interesting presentation but, seriously, not that interesting. In fact, to be honest, I found it puzzling to note how little has changed at Digg and (apparently) how little of consequence is planned for the site. 85 people work there and most are developers. What do they actually do?

The interesting bits from my notes: the whole site, including contributions, is licenced under Creative Commons so you can lift and reuse anything. This is encouraged, in fact. The site’s recommendation engine, which is a new feature produced a 40% increase in diggs. Blimey. I bet they wished they’d launched it earlier. The Digg API will soon allow sites like the BBC’s which embed Digg features to direct traffic to related stories from within the site alongside digged (dugg?) items.

Digg, of course, remains a greeat example of the kind of external site that the BBC (and other creators of content) should make use of, link to and promote as a tool for users while never ever attempting to duplicate or improve upon. Just don’t go there.


Comments so far.

  1. Posted by James Cridland on Wednesday 8th October

    It was fun being the man asking the questions.

    But I don’t really agree with not duplicating or improving on it. http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/music/news/ is a clone I wrote – and while it’s not really particularly popular, it does do rather a decent job at getting audiences to participate in a website.

    The beer I bought Ken Rose was Meantime Pale Ale, a jaunty, hoppy little number with a mix of English and American hops.

  2. Posted by Steve Bowbrick on Wednesday 8th October

    That is pretty cool. But explain to me what it’s actually for? Who uses it? How do they find it and why do they participate?

  3. Posted by ed on Wednesday 8th October

    Netscape turned themselves into a rip off of Digg, I’m not sure that’s done them much good..

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