Call them the headless horsemen of the media world, strange and fearsome apparations that seem to appear with increasing frequency as the weeks pass. Many say they are portents, ghostly harbingers of a new age in the media where the readers get to shape the news agenda.
Others think they are just cheap rip-offs of the original tech news service, Digg.
This proliferation of community-edited news on the web bodes well for new models that will work outside of the tech space – the main question that’s on people’s lips, though, is when will Google, Yahoo! or some mainstream news service try out a Digg model?