Last week, I wrote about SpikeTheVote.com. (Incidentally, I found a nice post by Laurence Timms on this topic.) Not much has happened since then, either on the StV web site or in the blogosphere. Personally, I suspect that SpikeTheVote falls into one of three categories:
a. Spoof: This is some type of elaborate spoof/prank/hoax to fool the denizens of the blogosphere and to mock the Web 2.0 social networking web sites.
b. Reverse Gaming: It's an attempt to game the gamers - either by Digg itself, or by someone else. At the very least, you can identify people trying to game Digg. On the other hand, it is just as likely to catch innocent people, for example, sites submitted by their competitors.
c. A Real Community: It's possible that the service is genuine, the site is authentic, that people are signing up, and furious activity is going on below the surface. (Yeah, right!)
Out of the three, the first possibility seems the most likely to me - that this is some type of joke. In any case, time will tell ...
[While on the subject of gaming social sites, how about this link? Is this a clever marketing gimmick, or an attempt to game or buy the del.icio.us/popular highlight?]