Fraxi – The Ning of Pligg
Pligg, the creators of free web software that works like Digg (where users vote submitted content up to the front page), announced in their second birthday newsletter some exciting news. They plan to launch Fraxi soon, which will operate like the Ning of Pligg.
To those of you who aren’t familiar with Ning, they offer a 5 minute setup for your own branded social network. This way you don’t have to worry about installs, upgrades, maintenance, and all the other obstacles for non-techy users to build their own sites.
Pligg decided to develop their own version for quick non-techy installs of Pligg, and it will enable anyone (even those who don’t know anything about developing websites) to run their own user content submission sites with user voting.
This is an important development because we can expect to see many people jumping on board and starting Digg style sites due to the ease of owning one. This also puts more pressure on the big online news sites (such as CNN, FOXnews, MSNBC) by creating an even longer long tail and further diluting the power of the old media.
Currently, the Fraxi site only shows a splash page, but I’m looking forward to giving it a test-run.