Propeller vs Mixx vs Digg vs?


Center Networks is reviewing yet another DiggEsque application called, in what has got to be one of the most questionable rebranding efforts of the year:  Propeller  .  Propeller started life as the Netscape ranking site that was very similar to Digg and designed to compete with it.    That effort having failed, it appears Propeller is an attempt to rebrand things such that they can take another shot at Digg.

I’m having a lot of trouble understanding “the point” in what seem like similar approaches to the same challenge, which is getting people to *participate* very actively in story selection and commentary.     Rather than “we’ll build a site and they’ll come to it” approach I want to see dramatic improvements to portable identities.   MyBlogLog is the closest thing to what I think is the clear  “right answer” here.  Basically, what I want is for every online person to have an identity.  I want to see that identity when they visit my websites and I want to see that identity when I am visiting a site they’ve also visited recently (or maybe … visited ever).   One interesting extension that might come out of this would be a superior “vote by your feet” ranking system where pages at which many people spent a lot of time would have more authority, and when this was combined with tags and comments by the visitors you’d have a fairly robust system for ranking sites.

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Internet Travel Guy, Father of 2, small town Oregon life. BS Botany from UW Madison Wisconsin, MS Social Sciences from Southern Oregon. Top interests outside of my family's well being are: Internet Technology, Online Travel, Globalization, China, Table Tennis, Real Estate, The Singularity.
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5 Responses to Propeller vs Mixx vs Digg vs?

  1. Dan Spohn says:

    You make an interesting point in the footing with your feet methodology. However, I disagree that everyone should have an identity. That idea seems like a massive invasion of privacy. If the data existed showing the websites that all people went to, governments and other agencies could use this against these people.

    For example, lets say that a chinese citizen visited a website that was critical of the chinese government. The chinese government could charge the idividual of being treasonous or rebellious.

    It could as be used against individuals who were applying for a job. The potential employer could see what websites individuals view, even in the privacy of their own home. This could have major discrimation implications.

    I apologize for ranting.

  2. JoeDuck says:

    Hi Dan –

    Actually I miswrote above by saying “everybody” instead of “everybody who wants an identity”. I agree that forcing this on people would be potentially very abusive and never work anyway. So, what I would prefer is an ID you can turn on and off as you choose.

  3. Travel Guy says:

    I prefer mixx to digg. digg has become a place governed by a few, so all you see on home page is biased information.

  4. I prefer Digg over mixx. Digg has more good rank than mixx. also digg helps a lot in search engine rankings.

  5. I think Digg gives a lot of scope to get a good ranking on the google. For me Digg comes first and then Mixx and lastly Propeller. Digg can give a high quality link to your website.

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