Social news

The Social News system looks at local votes (thumbs up / down) as a factor to determine important items. But unlike many think, it is not the only factor used. There are several, with different weighting:

  • Comments the item has on (available only for local news items)
  • Diggs
  • delicious bookmarks
  • Links on other blogs (via Technorati)

Like account or app Karma, the social news algorithm is also easy to tweak to include other factors, so the weighting system is constantly open for discussion.

Some relevant blog posts: