This type of social filtering implementation will be interesting to watch to see if it gets traction -- also this type of application would be an interesting addition to what IBM is doing with Lotus Connections. This also mimics something Microsoft recently released as well (via CNET).
Dell told us a few moments ago that they’ll launch “Dell IdeaStorm” later today, a place where users post ideas for Dell, promote the best ones to the top of the page and add comments. One look at the page tells you that Digg is the inspiration here, with terms like “promoting stories”, categories rather than tags and a list of the top users (obviously they’re cloning the old Digg!). Michael Dell is behind the idea, or so they say.
Dell will also announce StudioDell, a place where users can upload their own videos. A YouTube clone, perhaps? Not so much: it’s about users uploading videos about their experiences of Dell products, along with some in-house content made by Dell. Provided Dell doesn’t feel the need to remove clips that show bad experiences of the products, it could be a powerful feedback mechanism: if they do filter these out, however, it’ll be panned as misleading and fake.
Microsoft creates Digg-like sites in Norway and Belgium
Microsoft has launched Web sites in Norway and Belgium that allow people to submit news headlines and blog postings that other people can vote on, similar to the Digg model. The Microsoft sites are called MSN Reporter.
An individual's votes are used to generate various views tailored to that user. People can browse through the latest headlines, scan the most popular, and see which are climbing to the top rank the fastest or which have incited the most comments.
Users can subscribe to the different views via RSS (Really Simple Syndication) or though their personal Live.com site. The top four fastest climbers are displayed on the home page and channels of MSN Netherlands.