I called it for years but now it’s official: Digg is now in the shitter.
Digg.com used to be awesome back in 2005 when it had much fewer users and it only covered technology. I got all my tech news from there and stayed on top of everything. But then it got absolutely huge, and they expanded categories, and people started submitting stupidity, such as OMGz look at this cat picture. In addition, Digg became so popular that power users took over and controlled the content. It was no longer the common man voting up stories. It became all corporate and the top 5% controlled 50% of the site’s content. I had to look elsewhere for tech news.
Then Kevin Rose took over and duked it out with former CEO Jay Addleson. As soon as Jay stepped down and Kevin took over as CEO, he reverted half of Jay’s work and flipped out
Kevin tried to turn Digg into Apple. Except, unlike Apple, everyone hated the new product.
So Digg v4 launched, and people hated the shit out of it. So what do they do? Digg all the content on reddit, another social news/ voting website. So all of the top stories on Digg right now redirect to Reddit. Nice.
This is almost as bad as that time Kevin Rose tried to censor the HD DVD decryption key. People kept submitting it and every single article was all about it. Same thing now with Reddit. No one learns from history?
Used to idolize that guy, not gonna lie. But he really doesn’t know what the hell is going on anymore. And he’s a Mac fanboy, so more strikes against him.
R.I.P Digg 2005-2009