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Social Media Gone Multi-Media: Diggnation Pod and Vidcast

How powerful is the potential for new-tech enabled micro media to challenge the mainstream? It was pretty funny to watch ABC News taping the Diggnation vidcast and see the shows hosts ask the ABC folks to grab another beer for them out of the fridge.

This is a great show. Two guys, apparently self-appointed, are video and audio taping their discussion of the newest headlines on Digg.com. Digg is a social bookmarking/social media collaborative newswire, where users download a bookmarklet similar to Furl of Del.icio.us and click it to submit news stories they find on line. Each day, the stories that have received the most clicks make it to the top of the list. It's effectively a community edited tech news source and it's very cool. According to the Diggnation episode I am watching right now, Digg.com just made it into the top 5,000 websites in the world according to traffic monitor Alexa.com.

Diggnation is two guys drinking beer and talking about those top stories. They have a good screen presence and are quite knowledgeable. I grabbed the RSS feed for both the podcast and the vidcast and will use it regularly to keep abreast of tech news. I think a lot of people are watching and listening. Who wants to watch mainstream media when there's stuff like this out there? Having other people vet the best of the mainstream media and add their independent commentary is great.

I'm sure this was inspired by the Slashdot Review, a similar podcast where one man reviews his favorite recent stories from the super-community Slashdot.

Wouldn't it be cool if there were people doing similar things with political news? I'm sure it's just a matter of time. How will those shows compare to things like Democracy Now and Free Speech Radio News? Time will tell, and I can't wait. Update: Check out CommonTimes.org, basically the same type of thing as Digg.com but re more than tech news.

Humorously, the ABC News story (link to video) about Diggnation didn't explain Digg at all - it just talked about how easy it is to find podcasts now with iTunes. Silly mainstream media!

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