A new tool to leverage the information on the net (SpotPlex)

March 1, 2007

What is worth reading? What is worth knowing? What is worth doing?
There’s arguably too much interesting and entertaining things to spend our time on. Making priorities and getting things done is more challenging than it ever was. And we are as good as ever at procrastinating.
And as the net gets filled with more info and more connections, we get less and less knowledgeable about it (more about this here).

SpotPlex is an new automatic voting-by-reading tool trying to help us to get access to (relevant) information. I am not saying it can help us with the issues above, but it can be seen as (another) an attempt at dealing with those.

Exclusive: Is SpotPlex a Better Digg?:

News stories are not submitted by users, as with Digg. Instead, sites that want to participate include some javascript code on their site, which monitors what stories/posts are read. The more times a story is read, the higher it appears in Spotplex. Very popular stories will make it to the Spotplex home page.

Compared with explict voting systems like Digg, the automation involved is the interesting part of it (the site content is not quite there yet). News are pulled ann displayed on the home page while they are being ‘read’ (clicked). For this to work, a code snippet should be inserted in the source e.g. a blog, for it to be visible to SpotPlex.

I don’t remember how Techmeme works and could not immediately find an explanation page linked from the home page, but the following note from Gabe Rivera

So I built a software agent to surface these links in real time and the result is Techmeme, the site you’re visiting now.

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