In response to the revelation that top users of Digg are routinely offered bribes by companies hoping to get their story onto the front page, the ever-controversial Jason Calcanis is offering his own bribe - this time to users who'll dish the dirt.
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A poll I published asking if Digg users should be paid, hits the front page. Then seconds later it vanishes!
After the revelation that top Diggers are routinely offered payment by companies hoping to get their story onto Digg's front page, is it time for the social news site to start compensating its top users? Also, check out Geek and Poke's brilliant cartoon.
According to Tony Hung at Deep Jive Interests, top Diggers are routinely approached by PR types to help promote the companies they represent.
Dare Junkies, which will launch a public beta on Tuesday, combines the video sharing and social networking aspects of YouTube/MySpace, with the challenge-based formula of reality TV.
The first social networking site based on Marc Canter's PeopleAggregator has gone live.
AOL added more social features to AIM 6.0 today, with the ability to 'broadcast' a website URL or message to everybody on a user's buddies list.
Online video site Revver has been significantly updated to give users better tools for sharing content, as well as undergoing a much needed redesign which makes it easier to find the newest and "best" videos on the site.
In a recent post titled 'Is Second Life Sustainable?', Tony Walsh raises the issue of how much electricity is required to keep the virtual world running. Nick Carr does the math.
The New York Times is reporting that Yahoo and Reuters have gone into partnership in a push to get "the public" to submit their newsworthy photos and videos for inclusion on Yahoo news, and throughout the Reuters network.