The Digg Recommendation Engine has been unveiled in beta and increases the social aspect of social networking. The first feature people will notice about the Digg Recommendation Engine will be the list of users on the right who are Digging the same types of articles as you.
One of the intentions of the Digg Recommendation Engine is to thwart those who want to artificially inflate the rankings of their stories. The stories that you Digg and categories that you visit will be reflected back to you in the form of other similar users who parallel what you’re doing.
What’s missing for me, however, is the popular stories section on the right side under the Upcoming tab that is filled with new articles with a decent number of votes. Besides the slew of articles that get on Digg on the front page of the Upcoming section, the sidebar has been of interest to me as well and something I regularly check out.
One recommendation for the Digg Recommendation Engine is to cut down on the number of “Diggers like you” from 25 where it’s at now, to around 10 and re-introduce the sidebar with the popular new stories.
Just how this new feature from Digg will finally shake out is anyone’s guess. But, my vote is not to replace tools, just add more tools and choices of how each user can arrange their own personal space as this will make for many happy Diggers.
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