Yahoo! Buzz: Not just for bees

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yahoo-buzz.jpgYahoo! Buzz is the Digg-like service from Yahoo! that’s been in Beta since February. The site has been open to everyone, but until last night only a few hundred users could submit content for voting.

It’s widely regarded as a Digg killer, simply because of the attachment to Yahoo! – still the world’s most popular website. In fact Buzz has even been getting huge amounts of traffic – over 7 million unique users in the USA in April, compared to 6 million or so for Digg over the same time period.

Stories that score well on Buzz also have a chance of making the Yahoo! homepage, but there’s nothing to suggest that votes are the only factor leading to high placement. It’s likely that a team of editors are also manually ranking stories, simply to protect the Yahoo! brand. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, but I hope that Yahoo! give the service as much editorial independence as they can stomach.

Here’s one of the many buttons available to promote your content, to which I’ve attached one of our most recent stories – about the iPhone App Store kill switch:


Go check out that story and vote for it if you like it. How do you think the service compares to Digg, Reddit, Mixx, etc? Let us know in the comments.

(via ReadWriteWeb)

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Duncan Geere