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Digg launches new algorithm with 'Newsrooms'

This is a big shift from "All the news that's fit to print" Those of us who actively participate and vote online through our "likes", sharing and tweets can now influence the news we get that is meaningful to us, according to Digg. I see this as a growing trend.

Here's an excerpt:

Newsrooms will be curated based on a "three-step algorithm" leveraging data from the Digg community to make meaningful stories rise to the top. Here's how the company explains the three legs of the tripod newsrooms are built upon:

Here's how it works:

• Sourcing: We locate great content for each topic and display in a real-time feed called "Newswire."

• Signals: Stories are ranked automatically by an algorithm that looks at recency and popularity including Likes on Facebook, Tweets and LinkedIn sharing, to name a few.

• Curation: The news is then filtered by the Diggs and Comments of passionate users who have gained reputation as top influencers in each Newsroom topic.

If this all sounds an awful lot like what Digg already does, you're not too far off.

The key, according to Digg, is that this new algorithm will be better at surfacing "meaningful" stories rather than just the most popular.

...Is the most popular story also the most meaningful? Not necessarily. Just ask music fans about Rebecca Black, or political junkies about Weinergate. Newsrooms are designed to find the most meaningful news for a given topic - to separate valuable from popular.

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Curated Content Delivery Formats: Beyond News Portals and Magazines

Curated Content Delivery Formats: Beyond News Portals and Magazines | Curation, Social Business and Beyond |

This article was written by Robin Good, one of our amazing curators on Scoopit. All I can say is it's about as good as it gets on this topic!




Curating content and news is not just about the selection, editing and contextualization of stories about a specific topic or theme, but it is increasingly about how these information items are (collaboratively) gathered, organized, grouped, displayed and in which ways they can be accessed and browsed by those interested in them.


For me, one of the most fascinating aspects of this exploding content curation trend, is the speculative exploration of how "curated" content collections could best benefit from alternative and more effective delivery formats than the classic linear, top-to-bottom, chronological, river-of-news sequence.


Nothing wrong with this format, but it is a good format only if you want to give relevance to curated news stories in chronological order. Just like most news sources have done until today. The more recent, the higher in the list.


But anytime you are working to curate content according to non-chronological parameters, you are off into a largely unexplored and uncharted land.


At least for now.


As a matter of fact, there are positively more content types than the "breaking news" and the typical curated list, as much as there are a lot more ways to look at a curated set of information items beyond the habitual following of a linear vertical sequence.


In this article I lightly explore some of the reasons why I expect an explosion in content curated delivery formats, and then provide an extended list of both existing and new, emerging curated content delivery formats, that I expect you will start to see and use more frequently in the near future.


Here is what I see:

Via Robin Good
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, September 6, 2011 7:11 AM
Hi Robin,
excellent article!
janlgordon's comment, September 6, 2011 11:07 PM
This is a great article Robin!