We Digg Your Del.icio.us…Um…Not Sure How To End This One

This writer admits that he’s still living in a Web .5 world. He’s never tagged anything before and he doesn’t dig much of anything. Perhaps it’s something to do with the preschool he went to, where students were encouraged not to share, but instead, covet and collect. No doubt this was because he grew up in the West, among suburban sprawl with houses that had fourteen acre lawns. But despite his many awful weaknesses, he still finds the idea of sharing appealing and figures most of you far better human beings do too. That’s why this post on Cool Tools, offering a wrap-up of all the major “consensus web filters” seems very valuable. Here’s some from the well written intro:

This new genre fits into a whitespace between already occupied niches of social web sites. In the established center are the group-produced sites such as Slashdot, BoingBoing, WorldChaning, Huffington Post, to name just four very popular ones, where a very small cast of editors (under a dozen or so) collaboratively filter and annotate the links to other sources. A daring and effective extension of this method was devised by the fantastic group at MetaFilter. Here the editors are a very smart mob of 25,000 users. One by one readers recommend the cool new stuff they find. Their filter is simply the emergent one of their collective discretion and taste; no one votes or ranks links. At the other end of the axis of collaborative filtering is the likes of Google and Yahoo News, which use the entire collaboration inherent in the web and many Googleish algorithms to programmatically generate a list of what’s new based on who is linking stuff, the most “important” item at the top. No humans explicitly vote on the items.