Lists Web 2.0 Squidoo Style
I forget how I even found this, but it’s amusing. If you’re a regular Digg or other social news site user, you’re probably well aware that many of the “link bait” type articles submitted are of the list nature, especially top ten lists. I’ve written a few myself, with the distinct purpose of attracting web surfers with short attention spans.
So someone over at Squidoo obviously thought they would “Web 2.0″ the creation of lists and in turn, hopefully generate some nice links back to their site. Each list item is user rateable, and I guess a highly rated item would move places up in the vertical format.
I do have to admit, for me – there’s one thing that is missing from these “Plexo” lists. “why.” If I see a top ten list of science fiction films, I want to know the reasons why each item was rated as such. At least a sentence, even better if it’s a full paragraph, or the ability to comment. Just a list alone probably won’t be enough to retain my interest. Anyhow, it’s an interesting experiment on a common form of web content these days.
Note: Squidoo confuses me to no end (I’m not alone), with its talk of “lenses” and “Plexo.” I suppose if I spent more time trying to figure out what the heck this marketing speak is referring to, it could be fun, but I don’t have the time or the energy tonight. So either check out the site yourself, or this summary. I just think if I can’t explain a site in a sentence or two, or figure out what the heck is going on in under a minute, it becomes a chore – and I’m certainly not going to be able to complete a blog review of it.