Aggregation? Communities? Publishing? Don't They All Go Together?

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Topix.net, the site that which launched right here on Techdirt two years ago, which was later bought into by three newspaper giants that were trying to figure out this "internet" thing, has just gone through a major upgrade. Besides updating the look and feel, the site is trying to add community features, by allowing forums on any of their 360,000 topic areas along with the ability to submit news to the site yourself, like all those citizen journalism operations -- but with the exception that there's a lot more than just citizen journalism surrounding it. It's an interesting move, that basically seems like something of a "let's toss it over the wall and see what happens" experiment. It's one of those things that might not catch on at all, but if it does, it could really add value. From the perspective of generating ad revenue, it makes sense for the site, since it gives more reasons for users to stick around, rather than immediately shipping them off elsewhere. However, it also highlights the trend we were just talking about where "the news" is no longer about passive consumption, but being involved in the process. So, will Topix.net's three parents understand this and use this change to their advantage? Or will they just keep focusing on fire sales to appease worried Wall Street folks?
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    Andrew Strasser, 13 Dec 2005 @ 8:42am

    "Involved in the process"

    By having this become more of a standard more people are becoming more aware of what's going on around them. Awareness can only help at this juncture. I think it's wonderful to even see BBC adding this sort of thing. It's just a much more updated form of letter to the editor.

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      questsin, 13 Dec 2005 @ 8:25pm

      Re:

      Web 2.0 is changing the internet world. The model of a few producers to many consumers is turning upside down. Many producers to a few consumers is the future. Imagine the internet as a model for the real world. Like software to hardware. Eventually, software changes will be intergrated into the hardware, Humanity will evolve to version 2.0

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