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Digg Reconsidered

January 8, 2007

I’m on the record saying that digg would die in 2007. But now I’m not quite sure.

If you read this experience here, where someone made an ill-advised comment on a story, you’ll see the craziness that can ensue when a whole bunch of strangers get together at once.

If you drop into any newspaper site, at the bottom of each story will be a “digg this” button. Any blog worth its salt will have a similar digg option. The mass popularity of digg has drawn everyone into it’s fold.

Just don’t expect to find anything of value on digg. It’s more a treasury of attention grabbing headlines and outrageous summaries; people and individuals entertaining themselves in a global meeting place.

BusinessPundit rightly deplores the wisdom of crowds; I just digg and laugh.

2006: Digg, 2007: no digg

December 25, 2006

2006 was unequivocally the year of social media. From flickr, through myspace and youtube, citizen driven content has become the norm and accepted. On the outer has been digg. Originally a tech/geek news site gunning for the same territory as slashdot, it quickly became a massive driver of traffic and influence. There was even talk of a buyout offer from News Corp.

But as the year rolled on, various scandals hit digg. Recalibration of voting algorithms ended up setting higher benchmarks for top users, some sites were banned, accounts were deleted without notice, and paid-for votes tarnished the credibility of front page stories. What started out as a hopeful democratic experimental medium became a cesspool of backfighting.

As the year closes digg is at a low; in a deep hole of its own making. 2007 will see it eclipsed.