An extraordinary thing over at Yahoo! in the States: a news sandbox open to the public, and a 360 blog to go along with it which requests comment from users. How fabulous is that?
I’ll be fascinated to see how the trackback experiment pans out. Frankly, the capacity for abuse terrifies me, and I’d love to know what they’ve got in place to prevent spamming and trolling.
But the blog itself is wonderful, if only because it gives you a sense of Yahoo! as something built by human beings:
The first [new function] is one of those Friday afternoon hacks I wrote. It’s a simple box that appears on the left column of every story that shows you the last five stores you’ve read. It’s most useful to quickly go back to check for updates to a story you’ve already read or find that story you meant to share with a friend. Stories that have updated since you’ve read it are in bold.
A nice idea, described honestly and in a way that makes me want to use it. It’s about people, people.