Be sure to read Kevin Maney’s technology article in USAToday. He talks about Digg and some of the recent complaints about how Digg’s top stories are often the result of a small number of voters stuffing the ballot boxes, if you will. Digg is doing their best to address this though by changing the underlying algorithms that drive the rankings.
Next read Rick Reilly’s 9/4 column entitled “The People’s
Choices” (subscription required). If
Digg is an example of how the wisdom of crowds can work, Reilly’s column is
Exhibit A in the case against this so-called wisdom. If you don’t subscribe to SI, let me just say
that Reilly’s column is all about stupidity in
Why link both examples? Well, I thought it was interesting that I happened to read both articles
on a two-hour flight today. More
importantly, once you dismiss the idiotic experiment from
We’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible with the wisdom of crowds. I’m excited to see what Digg looks like in 5 years. I’m even more excited to see what other completely new crowd wisdom tools will be developed between now and then.