Digg To Give Community More Control Over Front Page Stories?
“How did this story get voted to the homepage?”
That’s a common question that people ask about Digg stories. For the social media powerhouse, maintaining integrity in how community-voted stories end up on its homepage (where visibility and exposure to blog and news stories is highest) is paramount. And of course, Digg submissions that make it to its famous homepage can bring thousands and even potential millions of visitors to the website from which the submitted story was selected.
TechCrunch has the scoop on what might be a new experimental feature that gives Digg users even greater control over homepage content. Michael Arrington writes that “we believe it is an experimental feature Digg will try out that encourages users to vote on whether a particular upcoming story should make it to the homepage or not.”
Here’s the somewhat mysterious screenshot they provide as evidence:
Giving regular Digg users more control – that is non-power users who don’t spend 12 hours a day scouring the web for the latest breaking memes and voting frantically to increase their influence – is a smart move that will empower casual Diggers. And I’d speculate that this potential new feature will try to answer skeptics within its community who claim that certain front page stories don’t pass the smell test.