The Future of Digg at FOWA

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The first words from the [Future of Web Apps]( summit going on in London are in and are quite interesting.
Mike Arrington is reporting that Kevin Rose, speaking at the summit, announced that Digg will soon be adopting the decentralized digital identity platform OpenID, “later this year”. This announcement comes not long after Microsoft and AOL joined in pledging support for the platform, in addition to Yahoo, LiveJournal, and Wikipedia. That’s the exciting announcement from Digg that everyone was looking for.
More interesting, though, is the conversation Kevin had with Vecosys about the future of Digg,

What the future holds for Digg includes: 900,000 users who could get more community tools; enhancing the reward system; a fact-checking system (paid employees don’t scale); swarming the stories with links/pictures/video; location based opinions and heat maps around hot topics.

In the aftermath of the removal of the top Diggers list, a new and enhanced (possibly karma-based) reward system will be a welcome addition. Furthermore, my personal favorite and what I consider to be the most pressing concern is the fact-checking system. There has been more than enough mention of inaccurate and biased information floating to the the top of the Digg home page, so this will be another much needed addition. While how they handle this remains to be seen, I hope they gave some serious thought to NewsTrust integration.
With the stronger community tools and etc., it appears that Digg is looking to go local, by allowing people to share location-based opinions and allow them to connect based on proximity. Butcher also points out that,
>They are also launching a Flash toolkit which ties into their API so people can see how people are Digging your stories.
>More future plans: Digg API; export your attention data; export your friend networks; Digg will support open ID.OpenID; Delicious, Reddit, Newsvine, Facebook
Allowing a user to export friend networks to other socially driven news and content, or bookmarking, or networking sites is a very intriguing idea, that could possibly make the entire social media community one cohesive unit. Over the past few months I have seen many friend requests through Facebook, from people who know me through Digg. This move by Digg to allow exporting networks could make it a lot easier for community members with similar interests to forge real relationships through external and non-associated networks and communities that they are also members of.

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