I came across this article at Read Write Web on the new features that are anticipated to hit the major social bookmarking site – Digg.
Here’s a summary of the features :
- Groups : Feature to create and joins groups around topics.
- Customized alerts : Rejig of the system to receive e-mail alerts with lot more options.
- New achievements feature to showcase and reward top diggers
- A NSFW (Not Safe For Work) Filter on the content.
- Recommendation Engine : A killer feature that discovers content for users based on their digg behavior.
- Customization of Digg to receive and view user selected content
- Remote Digg: Ability to bring the Digg systems to entities beyond the web such as hotels, restaurants etc.
These new features indicates the kind of transformation taking place in the online social bookmarking space. The model of search engine related data retrieval is slowly but steadily turning out to be a platform for research and extended information. A social bookmarking platform fills in several niches that a search engine cannot. It gets users data that he may be interested in. It can fetch user data that has been found to be more relevant in the field that the user is interested in.
Social bookmarking is bringing to fruition the kind of goals that engines like Mahalo and Cha-cha have set out to achieve. While these engines are human powered, they are essentially based on the crawl-the-web-rank-the-pages paradigm. Social bookmarking seems to fit the relevancy requirement a lot more better. Let the users get the data that they feel is important and then apply algorithms on this refined set of data to achieve more personalization and relevance.