The Drill Down 025A – RevoltNation, Part 1: The Issue at Hand

Social bookmarking site Digg.com recently made adjustments to their promotion algorithm that had the net effect of making it exceedingly difficult for frequent and popular submitters to get quality content to the front page of the site. Concerned that these changes would lock out their submissions and effectively kill the incentive to participate in the community, a core group of submitters, represented here by Digg users Andy, Mu, Reg, and David Cohn collected all their major grievances against Digg and issued them in a statement. In part 1, we discuss those grievances, and what we expect from Digg in response. In part 2, Jay Adelson & Kevin Rose, founders & operators of Digg, address those concerns.
(Apologies for the poor audio quality of this weeks’ episode. Major technical issues!)


Show links:
Digg: New Algorithm Changes
The Digg Community’s Concerns With Digg
New Digg algorithm angers the social masses

Feedback is absolutely welcome, but positive or negative, let’s keep it constructive. Flamers will be deleted.

The Digg Community’s Concerns With Digg

We, the undersigned (comment to join) are ready to find out if there is more to social bookmarking than Digg. We are going to stop submitting to Digg. The alternatives are plenty – now is the time to venture into new territory. As we organize we will evaluate and find a new space.

When a digital identity, like a Digg account, becomes penalized through its consistent interaction with a website we assume that site falls into one of two categories. Either (a. The site in question is ill-suited to become a healthy social network. or (b. The premise of the social network is such that it is based on competition.

Digg is, in part, a game. It always has been – and that is one of the reasons we love it. That it helped us share useful, entertaining or interesting content only made it that much more fun.

Unfortunately the rules to the game have never been under the community’s full control. As far as we can tell, the rule-makers barely listen to us. The latest change in the algorithm, along with rumors of secret editors, auto-buries, etc., have led us to believe it is time to break ties with Digg.com.

Here are a list of the main charges against Digg: Continue reading

The Drill Down 020 – I Get the Picture Now

Andy, Mu & Reg discuss Digg’s new features, what may lie in store in Digg’s future, the end of CompUSA, how Apple should spend the cash burning a hole in their pockets, and Reg finally reveals his true identity!

Show notes
Digg: Images and new categories launch tonight
Survey Hints at Future Digg Enhancements
CompUSA Sold, Will Close Stores; Expect Big Sales
Western Digital Blocks Media File Sharing From Storage Device
Who should Apple buy?
DVD Movies With an iTunes Copy: Worth More?
Microsoft’s sex-obsessed RoboSanta spouts filth at children
Americans Love Lists

The Drill Down 019 – The Digg Algorithm, Explained

Andy, Reg and Muhammad discuss two of Mu’s blog posts this week, The Economic Idiocy of Blocking Social Media Traffic & It’s The (Other) Algorithm, Stupid! Understanding DiggRank , wherein they take their best shots at assessing Digg’s promotion algorithm, based on their collective experience. They also tackle the bias of game review sites toward their paying sponsors and the upcoming changes at Propeller.


Show Links
The Economic Idiocy of Blocking Social Media Traffic
It’s The (Other) Algorithm, Stupid! Understanding DiggRank
Rumor: Gamespot’s editorial director fired over Kane & Lynch review

The Drill Down 018 – Leftovers

Andy Mu, Reg, and special guest Karim Yergaliyev (Supernova17 on Digg) sat down for an impromptu session with no agenda, recorded on Black Friday. We still manage to cover a few of the top stories, but mostly we were just stuffed and lethargic from Thanksgiving!


Show Links
Super Mario Galaxy Rated Best Video Game of All Time
Digg the Candidates
Digg The Candidates page
Digg – The Social Media Manual By Muhammad Saleem
An Open Letter to Comcast and Every cable/Telco on P2P
Mark Cuban to ISPs: block all P2P traffic; Ars to Cuban: um, no
Facebook Is Almost 2/3 Women (and other stats)

Supernova17 on Digg