The news about Google’s digg like features, as an active partipant in fandom, I’m not entirely happy with. One of the things I know about fandom is that authors and fan artists like to have the perception of control of feedback regarding their work. Many authors and artists get upset when comments for their stories and art are posted elsewhere, especially when those comments are negative. Many authors get upset when their works are included and they have no control over it and there doesn’t seem to be a vehicle that controls for abuse. Yes, people can submit on digg but digg isn’t a tool utilized by fandom much. And the environment for digg is not a search tool that people go looking for fan fiction on. Google on the other hand is very much a tool for fandom and finding material.
We’ll see how this turns out but I suspect some corners of fandom will be really angry about this.