Reddit goes into “read-only” mode; Digg quality crumbles as a result

Two sites, Reddit and Digg, went into emergency mode today as Reddit had technical difficulties preventing users from submitting new content to the site.

reddit is in “emergency read-only mode” right now. :( you won’t be able to log in. we’re sorry, and are working frantically to fix the problem.

Other social news sites such as Digg experienced a drop in the quality of content as one of the primary sources for content, Reddit, went into “read-only mode” making it challenging for many top Digg users to find content. The front page of Digg has not yet experienced the fallout as most of the top images today were from yesterday’s Reddit front page, but tomorrow is expected to be a low-Digg-count-day with Redditors unable to supply Digg users with content to submit.

Many Redditors were seen outside today. Some made their monthly trip to the grocery store, barber shops, and liquor stores early, while others simply experienced external weather conditions for the first time in ages.

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Digg – Your token appears to be invalid

Are big changes being rolled out at Digg? Is it a glitch? Why can’t we Digg stories?

These questions have been rolling over to me all afternoon and at this point, I have no idea what the answer is. Something glitchy is happening at Digg.com right now. Some stories need to be refreshed several times to get a valid “token” to digg it. Other times, pages load up and show that you’re logged off altogether.

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Why Kevin Rose is the Right Man for the Job

Digg co-founder and CEO Jay Adelson stepped down after 5 years at the social news giant. He did this not too long after taking his company into the world of potential profitability. He did this after buying a $3 million house in the area.

Regardless of why he stepped down (and the speculations, accusations, and rumors are flying) one thing is clear.

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Some Just Don’t Appreciate Being Dugg

When a story hits the front page of Digg or Reddit, most of the time the users or site owners enjoy the influx of traffic it sends.

When this story hit the front page of Digg, the reaction was a bit different from the norm. Click it to see the statement in its full-size glory.

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Digg Front Page Hits Ludicrous Speed

Following last week’s secret alpha testing at Digg headquarters, today’s front page went crazy.

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Toyota hits Digg and I must say I like it

When I first saw the advertisement that Toyota had placed on Digg.com, I was skeptical. After all, Digg and most social news sites in general are not considered a “PR venue” to help in times of crisis.

Toyota on DiggAfter reviewing their landing page and seeing exactly how they have integrated, I have to say that I like it.

With the recent Toyota recalls putting a major blemish on the formerly-bulletproof automaker, they have begun an aggressive campaign to regain the trust of their loyal consumers.

The Toyota landing page rests on the Digg.com domain and highlights stories broken down into three categories:

  1. About the Recall
  2. Toyota Responds
  3. Featured Toyota Articles

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