Zawodny: Slashdot Will Die in 2006

By Deane Barker on January 9, 2006

Slashdot is Going out of Style in 2006: Of course, it will take a while, but Zawodny predicts that sites with more community will take over.

Haven’t we figured out that the crowd is generally smarter than any one individual in the crowd?

Sites like Digg and Reddit understand that. Even the popular page on del.icio.us provides a more useful insight into the collective mind of a small but active piece of the web. The only difference is that del.icio.us doesn’t facilitate discussion. Both Digg and Reddit allow users to comment on any URL that’s been posted.

For whatever reason, some people still think that Slashdot is a blog. I think of it as a message board in which only a small group of the members have the privileges required to create new posts.

Feedster will also die, apparently.

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Comments

  1. Haven’t we figured out that the crowd is generally smarter than any one individual in the crowd?

    Try that one again the next time Project Gutenberg makes the front page. Yes, it will happen.

    Seriously, I gave up on Digg about a month ago. I up and left and return once in a blue moon to get a specific Digg that I had previously commented on (I removed all Diggs before I left) and never bookmarked.

    Slashdot won’t die because it knows the definition of news, plain and simple. As Digg becomes more popular, it becomes less tech news

    (Oh, and The Wisdom of Crowds is a good one to get rid of that stupid “Haven’t we figured out that the crowd is generally smarter than any one individual in the crowd?” comment.)

  2. I never was much of a Slashdot fan and I also recently gave up on Digg.

    Slashdot never appealed to me for being too geeky, too anti-MS, too elitist, too cluttered, too many people trying to post the best punchline, etc.

    I initially liked Digg because the interface was nice and clean and I had to take the extra step to get bogged down in the discussion. However, the sheer number of posts and lack of quality of posts really drove me away. I couldn’t keep up with the posts and was often disappointed with the content. While there is some value in being able to go back and find the highly rated posts, most of what was coming through wasn’t worth it. I’ll visit every now and then if I’m bored.

    But that’s just me. I like Gadgetopia. Quality over quantity over a variety of topics.

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