I have been using Digg, the social news portal where users vote on stories submitted by users, for more than two years and I loved it at the beginning. Nowadays when I visit the Technology section of Digg I see what I already read in my feed reader. There is Lifehacker, Mashable, Gizmodo, Torrentfreak and Arstechnica on the frontpage who seem to make the frontpage no matter what they write.
The news that I read yesterday are popular on Digg today which is a shame in my opinion. I'd love to see an experiment where one of the mentioned websites is posting a bull story that leads to a "Haha, fooled you" page on their website. My guess would be that it would still make the frontpage.
I also like the hypocrisy. When a blog hits the frontpage one of the first comments is a summary of what has been said or a link to the source of the article. As if the blog did nothing but to copy. Now, when Lifehacker, who have several two paragraph posts on their website is linking to a source writes an article like this it makes the frontpage and no one is posting the link to the real site in the comments.
Besides this it is possible to purchase any number of Diggs desired for a very low price. (25 Diggs $6 for example) which turns that website into spam hell. Sure, the guys who like to bury articles are working day and night to keep the competition from appearing on the Digg frontpage but they don't stand a chance against articles that gets lots of votes fast.
Digg has become a useless site because of these reasons and I decided to delete the bookmark. Bye Bye Digg, it was a nice time.Advertisement
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