You’ve got to hand it to Google and Yahoo!. Lately, they’ve seemed more interested in new ways of presenting news than most news organizations. Google has launched a remarkable news portal to much acclaim. Now we’ve noticed that Yahoo! is presenting top stories based on reader rankings. Of course, MSNBC has been soliciting reader story ratings for several years, but it has not made any obvious attempts to present those results in a interesting or useful manner (i.e. “Readers who liked the story as much as you did also liked...”). Update (10.14.02) - MSNBC now presents the Reader-ranked Top 10 on the front page of their site. Look one screen deep, lower-right hand column.
While the Yahoo!’s attempt is commendable, it could use a little tweaking. For starters, we would suggest not listing stories that have less than 20 votes. Stories with few ratings can swing wildly in the standings based on a single vote – as happened to us.
Thanks to Kottke.org for this.