Digg Articles

Digg Updates Algorithm
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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.

The Secret to Getting More Diggs?
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Every content site wants its stories to reach the front page of Digg. And why wouldn’t they? It can be a tremendous source of traffic. How do you do this though?

You encourage your users to Digg your content.

Digg This: Malware Makers Target Social Media
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It seems unlikely a Digg.com user (generally thought of as young and tech savvy) would be fooled by comment spam promising video of “Heath Ledger naked in the shower, playing with herself.” They might though, take the bait for a simpler, error-free “Megan Fox naked NEW SEX TAPE.”

Digg Heath Ledger Spam

The Building of a Better Digg Commences
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Just before the New Year, Digg Founder Kevin Rose put up his list of New Year’s resolutions. Third on that list was: "Build a Better Digg." Less than a month into 2009, the site appears to be on that track.

Twitter Surpasses Digg in Traffic
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Hitwise has shared some data showing that Twitter has surpassed Digg in terms of market share of visits for the first time since its launch. They’re not exactly the same kind of service, but it is still an interesting comparison between two popular social sites.

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Digg CEO Talks Future Plans

Jay Adelson  - Digg CEODigg CEO Jay Adelson announced some plans for Digg in 2009 today. They involve reducing workers in certain areas and adding workers in others.

UK Twitter Traffic Increases by 974% in a Year

Traffic to the ever-popular Twitter has increased by 974% from the week ending January 19th 2008 to the week ending January 17th 2009. That’s a pretty dramatic increase.

This data comes from Hitwise, who reported the other day that Twitter traffic had surpassed that of Digg, a concept that some found hard to believe. Twitter’s growth in general, is not so surprising, considering the non-stop talking about the service in recent memory.

Twitter Passes Digg In Page Traffic
Check out the latest blog post over at the Hitwise blog which details Twitter catching up to Digg in terms of total visits.

Rose to Build a Better Digg?
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Digg founder Kevin Rose has put up a list of his New Years resolutions. Most of them probably won’t affect many people besides him, but one that sticks out is "Build a Better Digg." His list goes:

– Be mindful
– Zazen
– Build a better Digg
– Start a small tea website
– Climb
– Camp
– Video blog
– Fish w/my Dad
– Read
– Less drinking
– Make time to date someone seriously
– Run a 5k
– Budget

How Are People Succeeding on Digg?
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Well, some are paying for it directly, but if you don’t want to do that, you can just develop your reputation and basically make friends. That is really what it’s all about.

Everyone knows that Digg is a popularity contest. It can still be a great place to find interesting stories, but it’s not unbiased. You have to know people (or pay them) to get your content enough Diggs to really get noticed by the community at large.

Big Company Exploiting Twitter?
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Twitter can be gamed too? Who would have thought? If there is a way to get promotion from a popular social site, you know that it will be taken advantage of. It just becomes a matter of competition at some point, perhaps even with people being paid to help with that promotion (right Diggers?).

Digg’s Record Election Day Exposes Holes

As you may have read, Yahoo News was the number one site for traffic the night of the U.S. Presidential election. While they may have had the most traffic of anybody on the web, they were certainly not the only ones to experience record numbers. Digg, for example received the most traffic in the site’s history.. Unfortunately for some users, this led to problems using it.

digg Expands its Clothing Line
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How much do you love your favorite online community? Your favorite social network? Your favorite social bookmarking site? Enough to buy a $5 wallet bottle opener? A $10 beer glass? How about a $185 laptop messenger bag? 

digg is evidently pretty confident that its users will be interested in such digg-branded items. The bag, "1337 digg" shirts and boxer shorts are now available. I’m not sure how long the digg Shop has been around, but the "newly remodeled" version is up and running now.

Digg Cuts A Couple of Features
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Digg has decided to do away with a couple features, namely Digg Podcasts and Digg Spy. As Daniel Burka at Digg The Blog notes, subtraction can sometimes be a form of improvement, and Digg believes this is the case here. He writes:

Twitter Election Site Highlights New Media’s Relevancy
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Last night Twitter launched an Election site that features Tweets involving the presidential and vice presidential candidates rolling in almost faster than you can read them. In Twitter’s words, "We’re filtering hundreds of Twitter updates per minute to create a new source for gathering public opinion about the presidential election and a new way for you to share your thoughts."

Digg Gets More Cash, Expanding Internationally
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Digg has raised an additional $27.8 million from a funding round led by Highland Capital Partners. The company has now taken nearly $40 million from investors over the last three years.

Remembering 9/11 Across the Web
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Today marks the anniversary of one of the darkest days in our country’s history. Seven years later, the memories still haunt us, as well as fuel discussion. The web provides an outlet for venting, theorizing, and just plain memorial, and it’s as good a platform as any for just that. Nothing has a wider reach.

How Corrupt is the Digg Home Page?
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DiggA top Digg user with a popular ratio of 34% has been getting paid well for promoting articles on Digg. His/her popularity has allowed numerous stories to reach the Digg Home Page, and when that happens he/she gets paid even more.

Use Digg for Your Dialogg with “Leaders of the Moment”
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I received a tip in my inbox this morning referring me to a post on "Digg the Blog" highlighting a new program from Digg called "Digg Dialogg". Kevin Rose says he wants to give the Digg community an opportunity to reach out to "leaders of the moment."

Can You Digg the Democratic and Republican Conventions?
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DiggKatie Couric isn’t the only vessel connecting Digg to the U.S. presidential candidates.

Invisibility Cloaks and Bad Ideas
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The trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince debuted on the Internet a couple weeks ago and created some buzz unsurprisingly, and you can bet that as the movie nears its November 21st release date that the Internet buzz will be at full capacity.

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