My story on digg.com – not dugg

Thu Nov 10 20:39:52 2005 EDT (-0400 GMT)

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You may have heard about the article on beer I got submitted to Slashdot – that was a good story about health research at Western, and I’m glad I was able to share it. Today I submitted a story to digg.com, with a less noble motive.

digg.com is one of those new Web 2.0 sites (if you don’t know < < that's a big buzz word right now). For at least the last six months I've found digg to be a better geek news source than slashdot because it's the users who submit stories and the users who dig(g) the stories to promote them to the main page. This is a very quick and effcient system, but it's not perfect. Today I submitted the story Hawaiians considering independence (digg.com/science/Hawaiians_considering_independence.).

Today while talking online with my brother who’s in NYC right now and he mentioned that his current residence is beside the Chinese consulate. I made a joke that he might soon lose his sovereignty and find himself living in exile in a small corner of the Indian consulate. I wasn’t sure how to spell sovereignty
at the moment so I gave it a quick Google. Hit three was a web page about Hawaiian sovereignty. I shared this with my brother and mentioned that it was the kind of link that gets 200 diggs on digg.com. His response: prove it.

Almost six hours later and the story has 11 diggs. So I was wrong, but the good news is the concept of user-edited content (like a Wiki) is proven viable again.

Incidentally, digg is a one of those Web 2.0 sites that use that other new buzz word: AJAX. I plan to announce my AJAX based project in the next week or so ;)

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