Keeping Current February 12, 2006Posted by Michael McVey in Information, Online Tools.
I am spending the weekend working on my summer course for Educational Leadership and while doing my research, I came across three great sites for keeping current with what is being discussed on the web, who is linking to what, and what sites are being talked about the most.Of course, many of the sites are irrelevant to me but sometimes the site is just a click away from something really interesting.
Digg is a technology news website that combining social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do. When you look at the live feed of diggers referring stories, you can see how active the page is. After a while, though, it appears to be just a lot of shuffling about of the same stories. Wait a few hours, however, and the content, the submitted stories, changes quite a bit. I did notice one of two political stories that had nothing to do with technology, so the service seems still to be in development.
Oishi, which is the Japanese word for delicious, polls the social bookmarking page called del.icio.us every 5 minutes and returns all sites bookmarked by at least 30 people. It allows others to find resources others found useful, interesting, humorous, or for some other reason worth visiting again. The number in parentheses indicates how many del.icio.us users are linking to the site. Right now, many computer advocates are the ones leaving bookmarks, but that will change as more people become aware of social bookmaking.
reddit is my favorite of these tools. According to the web page, reddit is a source for what’s new and popular online. It learns what you like as you vote on existing links or submit your own! I am beginning to wonder if we will soon see this as the “age of the eclectic” as there is so much information out there to pile onto our platter of interests.