Scoble has a post about how Digg has become a (as he puts it) “stream of noise” and how it would be better if there was a Digg type site that featured the picks from a select group of people (a point taken from a larger post by Dave Winer)
My first thought after reading Scoble’s post: ”wasn’t that what Slashdot was?”
The answer there is that yes, that is exactly what Slashdot was but the Slashdot guys got lazy and/or too selective so people moved on to a better group (which is what the initial Digg users were) The solution to this problem (imho) is one of those that is easily identified but hard to accomplish. Someone needs to make software that (a) makes it easy for people to share what they want to share and (b) makes it easy for other people to aggregate their friend’s shares in to a mix they prefer.
The first point is a biggie. If Scoble reads a bunch of personal blogs by friends and family I don’t necessarily want to see that and I doubt he necessarily wants to show it to me. Any solution that hopes to accomplish the above has to come up with some way for users to pick which tags they wish to share and any software that tries to make this work needs to find a way to allow the users to pick without making it tedious.
As I said, easy to identify but very hard to do.