The LiveSide Reporter notes that MSN Reporter, in beta since October 2006, has launched in three markets — Netherlands, Belgium and Norway. The new service is similar to digg.com and redit which allow users to vote on the news stories. The new service has reportedly attracted 500,000 and 800,000 users during its 1st and 2nd months in beta. Some articles are reported to have received up to 10,000 votes and 1,000 comments. The site is not immune from the spam problems that plague these user voting news sites, and an increasing volume of spam is reportedly now appearing on the site. Since the top four headlines from MSN Reporter will now appear on the MSN.nl homepage, more users can get involved which will make it increasingly difficult to game the system.
February 8, 2016