Being a writer, it’s not always easy to come up with new, original content. The good folks over at Skribit have just opened its doors with the goal of helping with this very problem.
The system works through the idea of crowd-sourcing, where readers and fans can contribute ideas for new content/articles and then vote up the suggestions similar to DIGG. While it’s true that interaction is already available through emails and community forums, this is the first time I’ve seen software specifically designed for this purpose. Sounds interesting?
Skribit is a free online web application, but a pro version is available for $24 a year. Creating an account and connecting your site is easy. Just enter your blog name, URL, description, and tags. If you decide you don’t like Skribit you can quickly delete your blog from the service later on.
Once registered, just add the customizable sidebar widget to your blog as well as an optional suggestions page. Users can directly punch in content recommendations from your website, and they will show up real-time. What makes this crafty is that users have the option to post anonymously or the braver type can even create Skribit accounts.
Site owners can also moderate content from the management panel, and easily view and respond to it. If a site owner acts upon a suggestion made, it’s possible to set that suggestion as completed. This setting lets others know that suggestion was made and handled.
And now to the real power of Skribit functionality. Their plans include turning the front page into a web portal. Here will be the most popular suggestions, as well as the most active Skribit blogs and users. As Skribit founder Paul Stamatiou puts it:
I envision it being the place to go for “tomorrow’s news.” At the moment, we are focused on nailing the blogger-reader interaction aspect and will expand from there.
If you’re a blogger or a groovy reader with suggestions, we’d love to hear your thoughts on Skribit. Drop a comment below or join the discussion in the groovy community.