Digging The Madness of Crowds is an insightful post that sheds light on the problem of public opinion: making sure the public has checked facts before voicing an opinion. This is amplified in the “Web 2.0” world where the entire world is invited to lend their voice in equal (or roughly equal) measure. I’m doing it right now, in fact.

I’m interested to know more about the mechanics behind sites like digg, flickr, and del.icio.us. How can they keep the reins on false information?

Last week, the families of 12 miners thought that their loved ones had survived a disaster. In fact, without the help of the web mind you (to my knowledge), the line of people between the awful truth and the families unwittingly twisted the information.

I think these sites are wonderful. Life is a conversation and these sites can play a role in continuing that conversation. However, we must tread with care and respect for the power that our conversations can have.

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