All right, so maybe it won’t be robot editors who take our jobs. Instead it might be the readers themselves who become their own news editors, creating their own personalized news product every day, or as often as they want news. That’s the vision of Ben Huh, creator of the Cheezburger network of sites, best known for the funny photos of cats with the funnier captions. In a Seattle Times article, it doesn’t sound like a radical departure from the direction things on the Web already are going:
“His plan is to create an open-source platform that people could use to be ‘amateur editors,’ designing and managing their own blend of online news sources and advertising. If there’s enough interest he’d like to develop it as a public tool like blogging platform WordPress.org.
“The end product sounds like a portal creation tool along the lines of Netvibes.com, a site that lets users customize a personal home page with widgets and news feeds.”
5/24/2011 UPDATE: ReadWriteWeb has further details, including a wireframes mockup of what Huh has in mind.