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Digg Updates Algorithm

Tries to Make it More Fair

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Digg is making updates to its promotional algorithm. The idea is to make the site more useful to more people. A select few have long had the most power over Digg’s content.

Anton Kast of Digg "We’re constantly tweaking the Digg algorithm to ensure that a unique and diverse set of Diggs drives the content on the homepage," says Anton Kast on Digg the Blog. "We’ve made a few notable enhancements to our promotional algorithm recently, to ensure that all Diggers have a fair chance at getting their submitted stories promoted to the homepage. We felt it was important to call these out."

Power users have been gaming Digg for quite a while. A common complaint is that the average Digg user barely has a chance to get their submissions as much exposure as the power users.

"In addition to ongoing tweaks, we’ve taken steps to prevent abusive Digging behavior in an effort to improve the quality of content that is promoted to the homepage," says Kast. "Only a very small portion of the Digg community will experience these limits, well under 1%, and the vast majority of folks won’t be affected by them at all."

So how does the algorithm work? According to this video from Digg Community Manager Jen Burton, it has something to do with MC Hammer… Why not?

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I have to wonder if this list of most-dugg sites from Hitwise will change. The blog post announcing the updates has less than a thousand diggs at the time of this writing. As one commenter points out, it wasn’t submitted by a power user.

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  • http://www.pr-interactive.com florida web design

    I wonder how this is going to change the results?

    Peter Roesler
    President of a Florida Web Design Company

  • http://randomplaza.com/help.anonymous.php Anonymous

    It depends on how much power diggs use friends vs. sock puppets.

    Plus digg still has their user rating system of comments that basically consists of users flagging down all comments in a post except their own and those with points they agree with. Though the ED article on digg says it more eloquently.

  • http://www.techknowl.com techknowl

    Ha ha !! I have been digging and submitting stories for the last 2 years . Unfortunately I never had an opportunity to come closer to the front page . Hope the frequent changes in Digg algorithm would bring some advantage for an average digger .

  • http://www.brooksidedental.com Gil

    How will this update help small business people? Most of us are very busy and don’t have a lot of time to post interesting items that have happened in our areas of work or interest. Sometimes there are important medical items that a private practicioner might want to post, but it will always be buried, I think.

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