While reading up on Webby’s World blog I found an article that frightened me for a brief moment. It was about a fresh new site called CrispyNews that offers a service vaguely like Pligg to beta testers.
The good news is that we don’t have to be worried about them and making all of our hard work obsolete because their goals are seperate from ours and their style is distinctly their own. Rather than letting users take their script onto their own domain, they are stuck as subdomains of crispynews.com. The site is aiming to be more like a Digg divided up into many dozen sub-categories (eventually hundreds or even thousands) that all share the same database of users. This lets you go from a page for sports to a page featuring american idol without having to re-login. Besides just the ability to post and vote for stories the site gives users the ability to upload images to attach to the stories and they also have a very simple forum on each site. The major downside is probably the layout and visuals for the site. All of the subdomains have the same look, and a plain one at that, and every section is pretty limited. Check out the site on your own, or even sign up to beta test your own CrispyNews site and let us know what you think of it. There might be some great ideas that the site has that you might want to let us know about.