Media update on ‘Abandon Digg Day’


Discussion of the cyber rebellion continues to take place in the digg comments section, and over on reddit. You can watch users chat in real time over their woes here.
The mainstream media has picked up on digg’s troubles:

Time Magazine covered a bit of the revolt here in a piece called “Digg Users Lash Out At New Format, Join Forces with Reddit”- though the only new information in the Time piece regards reddit changing their logo to include a shovel, reminding fleeing diggers  you can “bury” bad or unwanted stories here! (those lovable, cheeky redditers!)
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The Time piece touches on digg users upvoting reddit stories on purpose; As of right now, 9 of the top stories on the front page are from reddit, and that is not counting the side bar on the right.
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ReadWriteWeb continues to cover the outrage, with a new piece “Digg User Rebellion Continues: Reddit Now Rules the Front Page” – with similar information to Time’s piece. Notable quotes:
these [reddit] stories are being submitted to Digg by Reddit itself through the new auto-submission system that is a core part of Digg v4
For years now, Digg’s unofficial etiquette stated that users should never submit their own content. The new submission system, however, now encourages publishers to submit their own stories and many are doing so.
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Geekosystem titled their piece “The Rebellion Against Digg v4“, and is winning in their coverage of today’s digg dissatisfaction. Read the whole article, as there are screenshots, pie charts, documented instances of front page deletion of the rebellion, and pictures of satire. Choice bits:
How broken is the new Digg in favor of publishers like the BBC, Engadget, and Mashable? Extremely so, at present. I’ve tallied the 142 front page articles by publisher since Digg v4 went live: 92 of those stories have come from just 13 publishers. It’s even more unbalanced at the very top: Wired has gotten 7 front page stories, the BBC has gotten 8, Engadget has gotten 16, and Mashable has gotten a jaw-dropping 21 front-page articles. In contrast, last year, social media watching firms thought it was a big deal that 50 different sites controlled 46% of the Digg front page.
I can understand Facebook not wanting an ‘unlike’ button because they don’t want people to troll your beach photos, but a social news voting site with no way to vote “no” is not really a news voting site at all, bogeyman ‘bury brigades’ aside. The lack of a bury button further tips the equation towards mega-publishers and big advertisers.
there remains the worrisome possibility that what we have right now is Digg’s endgame: That once a few cosmetic changes have been made, the new Digg will be the rather sterile playground of a few big publishers with aggressive social media strategies, with the very occasional breakthrough article coming from other quarters. Such a site would not be for me, and I suspect it would not be for many Digg v3 users. But there are probably a lot of people out there who don’t bother with RSS readers, for whom a vaguely social site that bathes them in the same vaguely familiar set of articles might be just their cup of tea. As Digg seeks to go mainstream and make some money, towards which v4 is a blatant power play, it seems to have accepted the risk of alienating its user base in favor of this more casual sort of reader. Still, one hopes they aren’t aiming so low. If this is the direction Kevin Rose is headed, he’d best pray that more of his readers don’t discover Reddit — much less Popurls — anytime soon.
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Gawker, in all its wisdom, has written a blurb about today here, “How Digg Got Spanked By its Own Users“. The blurb is very short, but well written and worth reading.
Mashable.com has jumped in on this media frenzy with the boring title “Users Revolt Against Digg” and their banner “Follow Mashable on the New Digg” is more than a little ironic.  TechCrunch has a boring blurb, and some dude at CenterNetworks tries to be cute with more Oregon Trail quips. The same chick from CNET has a brief update,  as does CallingAllGeeks.org (huh?) and the Huffington Post, though these last few don’t tell you anything new.
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And …. then there is this guy, Sloan Bowman, who is calling digg revolters childish:
Don’t you feel it would be a better idea to provide constructive criticism rather than being a complete child about the matter?
Mr. Bowman is clearly not a digg user, and knows nothing of the matter –  if he was, he would have seen all of the polite requests and constructive feedback offered to Kevin Rose last week. (GTFO trolling-for-hits whore!) Augh.
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and just for the hell of it (it’s pertinent, ok!?):

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One Comment on “Media update on ‘Abandon Digg Day’”

  1. allen says:

    haha “some dude” :) better than other names some have called me


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