Welcome to the world of community based, collaborative content.
One of the big stories of 2006’s reiteration of the online landscape has been the development of business models leveraging user created content and communities. You create a site that allows others to upload and post their content, you share that with the world, throw in some kind of monetizing plan (show ads on content, charge a membership fee, or whatever) and voila, instant money making.
Flickr and Digg are perfect examples of this new layer of interactivity and commerce, which has been dubbed ‘web 2.0’ – the new version of the old. Flickr is a photo sharing web site, which goes beyond simple hosting and management of pictures, to develop real communities and photo sharing opportunities. On one’s flickr home page a section displays recent photos from your friends and online acquaintances (including the ones you met through the site), and another displays randomly chosen recent pictures from the entire user base.
Digg is a collaborative news site, where users upload and rate links to sites elsewhere on the web, and, base
We are still discovering what that means to the whole scheme of things. In the old world, you made something, you sold it, you called all the shots. But what happens when your customers are not only purchasing your product, but providing it to you?
Digg Users Are Showing the True Power of Users on User Run Sites
Stories were getting deleted and user accounts were being banned all because of a stupid HD-DVD copyright Hex code that can be used to unlock HD-DVD. Digg claimed that they could be sued and what not for it so they decided to censor all of the stories that had to deal with the key. The whole thing is just bull, you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t copyright a sequence of numbers and letters.
Rebekka is a single mom and art student living in Iceland. She’s an artist and a talented one at that. She does amazing things with her camera. Recently she discovered that a gallery Only-Dreemin had been ripping her off. They’d sold thousands of dollars worth of her images and when she caught them and tried to make them give her the money that they stole from her they refused. So Rebekka did what anyone with a following on the internet might do and she posted about her frustration and plight on her flickrstream. And her story resonated loudly with the flickr community. Her story made the front page of digg and by days end she had 100,000 views on this particular photograph with hundreds of supportive comments.
Flickr = Censorship on Flickr – Photo Sharing!