Slashdot Firehose (or Digg vs Slashdot.org round 2)

Looks like Slashdot is doing something about getting their ass handed to them from Digg. Now, according to our pals with dubious numbers at Alexa, Digg has well surpassed Slashdot in terms of reach, rank and pageviews. This isn’t news. Even if Digg had not expanded beyond its tech crowd, Digg was growing at a rate that outclassed Slashdot in every way.

Slashdot Firehose

Slashdot has launched a editorial voting system called Firehose to “allow users to assist the Slashdot editors in the story selection process.” It’s a straight up copy of Digg, but Slashdot is not giving up ultimate editorial control of their home page.

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I haven’t seen it before, so I can only guess that it just launched and it seems to only be launched to logged in users.

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Somehow, I don’t think that this will get new users on Slashdot, but allowing users to vote on stories certainly will make editorial decisions a little easier.

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One Response to “Slashdot Firehose (or Digg vs Slashdot.org round 2)”

  1. […] In addition to WTF, Slashdot has recently launched a feature entitled Firehose for logged in users. This feature used an editorial voting system (like Digg) to “help” Slashdot editors. This is clearly competition for Digg, but could it kill Digg? Not likely. […]