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New Digg-Like Web 2.0 App for Blog Voting

As if there weren’t already enough me-too Digg clones!  Now there’s a Digg clone specifically for blogs called “wagg.it“.  Works the same way as Digg, and has the same icon look as ShoutWire, and integrates in some of the screen-capping, baby-icon-displaying techniques that WordPress is currently using. 

Now, I wouldn’t find it too objectionable, except for the problem that not a lot of people are using it yet.  Digg has the benefit of (a) showing you at least what the stupid masses are clicking on, so usually the top stories have some manner of interest, and (b) has a large enough corpus of articles so that if you search for ‘Scientology‘ or ‘Volunteer Ministers‘ or ‘Washing Machine Launcher‘ or something that may not usually come up with a ton of results, you’ll still find some stories.   On Wagg.it, all I’m seeing on the front page is some items with 7 ‘wags’ as the max number of votes. 

Still seems like a decent app though, and does fill a bit of a niche.  Many places like Shoutwire don’t like you to submit blogs to them at all as many people fill this with ‘low quality posts’ (i.e. spam crap).  So, provided that people don’t fill this one with ‘spam crap’ it could turn out all right.

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3 comments on “New Digg-Like Web 2.0 App for Blog Voting

  1. Bulshoy
    April 3, 2007

    Ahh, I see that you received my email regarding your posts on ShoutWire. Keep your content original and your submissions substantial (ie: not just a couple paragraphs) and you can post the odd artcile there. Just don’t submit multiple articles in a row, and try to submit to sites other than your blog.

    If you do this, you shouldn’t have any problems, and the admins (me) will not ask you to put a SW banner on your site.

    Of course, feel free to put the banner up if you want… 🙂

    BTW, I too have read Mission Earth in its entirety. I always enjoyed reading Hubbard’s fiction.

  2. jetteroheller
    April 3, 2007

    Yes – I did get your message, and I appreciate wanting to keep a site free from low-quality garbage. It’s a constant problem I see, in that people are so desperate for ‘back links’ that they’ll post just about anything to these Digg-type sites to get people to click on it. It can get pretty horrific.

    As an example, I posted on a drug free site (http://www.drugfreeworld.org) on Digg yesterday (also on shoutwire too) and the post was immediately hit with pro-drug comments and other nonsense. I guess you do always have the lowest common denominator that ends up getting the traffic and the agreement on such things.

    Still, I appreciate wanting to keep a site up and filled with content that is actually interesting and useful.

  3. Bulshoy
    April 3, 2007

    I noticed the drugfreeworld post as I did my rounds this morning. ShoutWire encourages diverse opinions, so expect the post to generate both negative and positive responses. Regradless of the nature of comments received, getting comments AT ALL is an indication that you have struck a chord with the users.

    Best of luck, and I hope your submissions do well.

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