For testing purposes, I’ve added a WTF about Google Fensi, the rumored Google project. Because it only got 1 vote so far, it’s not visible in search results for fensi.
Technorati’s Dave Sifry calls this new feature a risky social experiment, saying “we’re putting our highest-value real estate – the topmost search result – in the hands of our community.” I think the idea is fairly nice, but right now the whole system seems pretty abusable: something like 6 votes within 6 days allows user AdamHertz to inhibit the top spot for Paris Hilton. Of course, that’s an issue with any Digg-style approach in the beginning – time will tell if Technorati can get a real community behind this feature to make it successful. Also, this latest move has a vague reinventing-the-wheel feeling about it; why should users start posts at Technorati instead of their own blog – and why should users vote for posts at Technorati instead of at Digg?
[Via Steve Rubel.]
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