The Death Of Digg By Firehose
Slashdot is one of the truly original "social media" sites. Many years before
Digg was even conceived (Kevin Rose was just a pre-teen), Slashdot users were
submitting compelling technology information, advice, commentary and news (and of course
reacting to it). To be "Slashdotted" was the original "Digg effect".
There has been an influx of new social media sites of late - Sphinn (a product of Search Engine Land) to name just one. But just when it seems as though every conceivable topic has some sort of social network to go along with it, along comes another, and it's name is Firehose.
Via the formal introduction at Slashdot Firehose, "The Slashdot Firehose is a way for you to participate in the Slashdot editorial process. You are able to see all the content submitted to Slashdot: from RSS Feeds and user submissions, to journal entries and successful completed Slashdot stories."
What makes Firehose really interesting (and unique) is that Slashdot provides users the ability to tell editors why they made the choices they did (insightful story, duplicate content, spam) - considered by many to be a significant departure from Digg. "If you don't like the options provided in the pop-up windows, you can always open the tagging box and provide whatever tags you think will help Slashdot Editors, and other Slashdot Readers make informed decisions about the content they are reading."
Slashdot has an extensive and incredibly savvy audience which can send tremendously high converting traffic (and links) for your site. Will this social network be the death of Digg.com? Probably not, but it's another interesting development in the social media space.