I’m done with Digg

Digg really is an innovative site but I’m finished with it. They didn’t let me down, or change the terms of service, or suffer outages, or lose users,… Digg just isn’t doing anything for me to make my day easier. I’m finding this with a number of “Web 2.0” sites, after the initial enthusiasm wears dull I’m left with a big “so what” feeling that I can’t escape.

I met Kevin Rose once on a panel we both spoke on, I was impressed by his ability to say something really interesting as a matter-of-fact and for his humility over the success he was enjoying. Also, for what it’s worth, he seemed to grasp the social significance of the technology he created (for $12k mind you), but while I can appreciate and admire that I am still left with the “so what” feeling.

Sites like Digg were at one time promised (not by Kevin but rather by commentators on “the street”) to be rich information stores that could be mined and presented in many different ways through the efforts of a cottage industry that would spring up in response to the opportunity. Just like RSS readers condensed the process of reading the daily news, in their case feeds, into a single point of contact process, Digg and Techmeme (which I still very much like btw), among others, would offer new ways to discover information relevant to me. Today I realized that far too much crap, which I admit is a subjective measure, is being posted on Digg and I’m just not getting anything out of it anymore. Basically, when the front page features a good number of youtube videos you pretty much have to admit that it’s easier just to go to youtube…

In all fairness there are a number of very interesting utilities that have been created for digg, some from Digg Labs and others from the “community” but most of them really are just gadgets to make it easier to 1) use Digg, 2) game Digg, 3) put bright shiny things on Digg.

Maybe when applications develop that tie Digg with other information streams and have a realtime ability to collect and display as I’m working in other apps, or give me news based on things it infers I’m interested in, then I’ll be back.

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Stanford plans huge hospital expansion

It’s about time… Stanford, for all their well earned praise in medical research and treatment capability, has one seriously crappy hospital. We went there for our first child and it was disappointing, the only thing you really wanted was to get out as quickly as possible. Our second child was born at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City and that is a palace compared to Stanford Hospital. The Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is another story altogether, but that’s pretty new compared to the main hospital at 15 years old. Of course, it will be a long time before anyone sees a new hospital at Stanford given the hostility that the Santa Clara County planning department and the City of Palo Alto have to the university’s construction plans whenever they come up. I think Palo Alto would prefer that Stanford raze every building on their massive property minus the Hoover Tower, opting instead for hiking trails open only to PA residents. They would probably like to keep the shopping mall as well given the sales tax revenues it generates.

MercuryNews.com | 11/20/2006 | Stanford plans huge hospital expansion:

Stanford wants to rebuild most of its hospital rooms as examples of what industry experts call the new standard for health care: all private rooms, large enough for a comfy couch for family visitors and equipped with technology that will reduce trips down the hall or to the lab. The new approach aims to drastically reduce hospital-born infections.