A note on Digg

Posted 15 years ago by Adam Gautsch

The default, 'View All', Digg feature stinks. I used to have to ignore useless post on the Wii v. PS3 and Mac v. Microsoft. Now I've got to ignore all those, plus political links I have no desire to read. Digg has gone from once a day, to once a week, to never. Too bad.


Adam Gautsch ~ 15 years ago

Well shoot, I'd like to expand on my point just a bit more. It seems to me the more diverse a web company tries to get the worse it gets.

There seems to be something to this long tail theory and as soon as digg started to expand its topic base the amount of noise on the site jumped dramatically. I know I can filter to just 'old' digg stuff but that's not good enough. The base of people reading digg and deciding what's good include people that think links to the ThinkProgress blog are worth reading. These are not the people I want deciding if a link is 'digg-able' or not.

Phil spoke on this. Evan found an article that I can't find the link to anymore on this idea. All in all, when a website goes beyond it's base, it loses what makes it cool to begin with.

This is why the changes at FaceBook (a site I've never used myself) seems like a bad idea. Social networking sites should embrace the long tail more than they should embrace the broad scope. Don't try to beat MySpace at their own game.

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