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.