Posted February 15, 2007 10:20 am by with 3 comments

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So, Yahoo launches a new Suggestion Board format for visitors to browse suggestions submitted by users of properties such as Yahoo Autos, and it looks very similar to Digg.

Digg users get their underpants in a wad, and start screaming that the site is a blatant rip-off of Digg.

Diggers even go as far as spamming the new Yahoo Suggestion Board. (allegedly)

Meanwhile, blogger Andy Beal, suggests that Diggers accept that, unless Digg holds a patent for the “voting system”, it’s going to find more and more sites copying its format. When you get something right, others are going to copy you, it’s annoying but it’s life.

Instead of whining – appearing that you’re threatened by Yahoo’s foray into social voting – go back and think of ways to continue to innovate.

Via TechCrunch.

  • I think you are right. Unless Digg has copyrighted its idea, anyone can copy it. Whether or not Yahoo can create something just as good or popular remains to be seen however.

  • Consider Yahoo!’s supreme ability to kill all good Web 2.0 startups they buy, the Diggers should be safe 😉

  • Can someone please explain to me why voting the popularity of something is proprietary to digg?

    I popped into Digg today – which I have to shamefully admit I do on occasion (it is like watching a car wreck). And again… like every other self serving Digg Story – this was their top news item.

    Voting has been around before Digg. And voting will be around on more sites in the future. There is nothing to see here. Move along.

    Action Man