13 thoughts on “Will the Digg Effect make a comeback?”

  1. I used Digg every day for around three years, preceding the election of Barack Obama. Digg was overrun by leftists, and the moderates and Republicans left to never return.

    The majority of the stories on the front page and in politics were controlled by groups that were set to promote page views by the likes of the Huffington Post, FireDogLake, Daily Kos, Crooks and Liars, Think Progress, Raw Story, Media Matters, and more.

    The moderates and Republicans were attacked and their accounts closed a number of times before they gave up on the site. You would amass a number of followers and if you posted your views, your account was attacked and shut down.

    The founders were asked time and again to balance the stories but they refused because they were in the bag for Barack Obama.

    After the election of Barack Obama, Digg was abandoned. I’ve never been back. I heard that it was sold, and I am shocked they got anything for it.

  2. I may very well be a tiny bit bias (having reached this article via Digg Reader), but I do believe you may be on to something. I was a user of the former Digg, and I moved to reddit shortly after. While I love the real-time, breaking news features that only crowd powered sites can provide, there is definitely room for a curated option as well. I’ve found that Digg’s homepage is increasingly the articles I want to read, while reddit serves as more of a time filler. Google+ also gets a fair amount of my time, especially their community system. As much as reddit loves anonymity, there is something to be said about platforms like Google+ that enforce real name policies as well. Ultimately I think each platform has something special to offer, and the value of said platform ranges based on your personal workflow and expectations. I’m simply thrilled we have so many choices at the moment.

    1. Craig

      Great points you make in your comment. I think the articles-i-want-to-read is the universal sentiment. I am going to try and keep using the front page and monitor quality. Calm-and-quality work for me. That said, Reddit is pretty wonderful at surfacing things quickly and has a special utility in the ecosystem right now.

        1. It is not a comment about current Digg and it is mostly about the politics of the old Digg community. I don’t care about their (or any) politics and things in the past. My politics is private and is for the voting booth and not broadcasting. I am happy being focussed on the present and hoping that future will be better/interesting.

  3. I can attest to Digg Readers value. I tried multiple readers to find a new home for my GReader feeds, which I monitor as part if my job as a joirnalist. After much disappoinent with the offerings, I tried Digg reader and have been pleased. The fact that they are supporting that platform with new features makes even more comfortable.

    1. I am finding it pretty useful as well and I am actually looking forward to using it more often. That said, I still miss the ability to read my RSS feeds on Reeder.

  4. I haven’t been to digg.com in probably a year now, it used to be my number one destination. That has since been replaced my RSS reader of which Digg is just a part of. Since the feed has direct (redirects) to the actual article I don’t even notice it’s via digg most of the time.

    Digging stories has no actual impact on the stories, it’s all curated. There are no comments. The layout is to go insane from. Going to the site itself has no point anymore.

    1. Sam

      Respectfully I disagree with your characterization of Digg as it is right now.

      Well, if you went to Digg.com more often on a tablet, you would see the value of that design and how easy it is for you to go somewhere. The point of the site is for us to go somewhere. I think you need to use the service before to say that layout is insane or the site doesn’t have a point anymore.

      1. It is far easier to do so via their RSS feed. My issue isn’t with the content. I simply dislike these kinds of layouts, many sites I used to actively visit have switched to these types of layouts. Stories are randomly placed, haphazardly appear and disappear in no coherent order. And I have switched to RSS for all those sites, it makes reading what they publish and link to so much easier for me. On top of that comes that ‘digging’ doesn’t really matter anymore and their is no community like the one that lived in the comments of the old digg.

        For me the order the RSS feed gives far outweighs whatever the site provides. My RSS reader makes me go somewhere just the same, but I can actually use it. And, hell, I could get that grid like layout in my reader if I wanted to.

        What does the ‘service’ aka the site provide me with that their RSS feed doesn’t?

        1. Sam

          Your personal RSS reader habit means that Digg has no value for you – nothing wrong with that, except you can’t pass judgement on the service others like me find valuable.

          1. So no actual arguments then. That’s okay.

            Digg has value for me, it’s their content. Their site doesn’t.

  5. I’m very pleased by Digg Reader, which keeps improving, and which I am using as a replacement for Google Reader. It doesn’t quite have enough social sharing yet, but I can wait. I like the UI.

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