Digg: please split World and Business

I’ve been perplexed ever since Digg expanded beyond technology: why on earth are World and Business together?

Perhaps it’s very important world news that Pepsi has named a new chief exec. (Why the Digg community cares, I don’t understand.) But what does that have to do with the North Korean missile crisis?

While most people who drive care about oil prices, how, precisely, does that relate to the IRS and and “market leading EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc?”

And while I’m happy to hear that the racist, genocidal leader of Iran has a blog, it seems a little odd next to a story on flight attire. (Or maybe not!)

Enough examples. They abound. The point is: would it have killed you, Kevin, to have had just one more category, and separate Business and World? I don’t think so.

Perhaps you were just worried about categories looking sparse and orphaned. Well, that obviously hasn’t happened.

Please split World and Business!

[tags] digg, kevin rose, world, business, news, social media, john koetsier [/tags]

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  • Thanks for bringing this up. I simply can’t get used to Digg’s organizational style (or lack thereof, really), which is why I hardly visit the site anymore. I’ll take Technorati tags and my RSS feeds over Digg any day!

  • Shamess: agree! I can’t say how many times I’ve looked for the right category (say … web?) and not found it!

    Robert: don’t most of the links from Digg go to blogs? It’d be interesting to do a study of that …

  • John;

    Indeed they do, but I think the model could be done better in order to take advantage of that clearly emerging sector. My thoughts are more along the lines of a Digg + Edgeio + Newsvine hybrid.

    As long as you have the ability to integrate user analytics (Digg model), the userbase shouldn’t be required to upload stories (Edgeio model). In turn, you take the most popular content and display it in a nice looking format, with additional features to make stories easier to find (Newsvine).

  • About the “Edgeio” model…

    Let’s say you come across something interesting and post it in your blog. You tag your post with a simple variable (in the case of Edgeio, “listing”), and the aggregator picks it up. You then receive a trackback so you (and your blog audience) can find the story…

    Okay, enough for now 🙂