The Drill Down 200 – The Drill Down Turns 200!

This week we bring you a supersized episode as we celebrate The Drill Down podcast’s 200th episode with interviews with former show co-hosts Reg Saddler & Lidija Davis, as they reminisce over their experiences on the show.

But before that, we cover two weeks worth of tech analysis, including the resignation of Rob ‘CmdrTaco’ Malda from Slashdot, an Apple television in the works, Microsoft’s Windows 8 Explorer layout, iTunes Match’s streaming function, Amazon’s upcoming Kindle tablet, the US Department of Justice and Sprint move to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger, Apple loses another prototype iPhone (and attempts to get it back), Starz won’t renew its deal with Netflix, Michael Arrington starts a venture fund (and gets ousted from TechCrunch), Conde Nast spins Reddit off into its own company, and Yahoo! fires CEO Carol Bartz.

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The Drill Down 025B – RevoltNation, Part 2: Jay and Kevin Respond

On Wednesday January 23rd, a core group of submitters to social bookmarking site Digg.com, represented here by Digg users Andy, Mu, Reg, and David Cohn, collected all their major grievances against Digg and issued them in a statement. We discussed these issues in a live forum, with over 150 Digg users in attendance. In this segment,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:
Satisfaction – People-Powered Customer Service

Top Digg Users Revolt Against Algorithm Change on Site
Near-Revolt on Digg Underscores Site’s Dependence on Its Users

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

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.

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