Digg Advertising… via Source Code. For Hell. Seriously.

Not sure whether to applaud them for attempting to get creative or to scorn them for being unoriginal. Companies have put “ads” in their source code before, sort of an Easter Egg for us geeks to find, but this one is both scary and strangely intriguing.

It’s an advertisement leading to HellIsNigh, a promotional site for the Dante’s Inferno game coming out later this month. Rather than pass judgment on whether or not it will be effective, I will say that I’m happy that Digg is making an effort at thinking outside of the box.

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Social News “Darling” Imgur Has Staggering Statistics

When Imgur.com first hit the scene a year ago, it quickly became the “hip” way to post, host, and share images on Reddit. Digg took notice and it soon became the most popular image site there as well.

A year later, one thing is certain – Imgur’s numbers as a result are nothing short of amazing. While these numbers are nothing compared to more well-known image sites such as Flickr, Photobucket, or Imageshack, it is still impressive considering that the traffic is almost entirely social media driven.

Click to see the full view.

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Digg Dupe Checker Fail

Digg has moderators, as they have acknowledged in the past. For those who believe that the moderators are screening the stories before they’re allowed to hit the front page, I can say that either they were asleep on the job or it just isn’t true.

Digg Dupe Fail

How Spam Killed Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon

Blame SpamThe statement could be pushed over to just about any true Web 2.0 site where voting and popularity determine the success of a piece of content. Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace – overrun by spam. Mixx, Propeller, Yahoobuzz – spam havens.

For social news powerhouses Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon to be so changed by the presence of gobs and gobs of spam hits a little harder. They are the sites where I started my journey in Web 2.0. They are the shiny beacons of user-controlled, traffic-generating goodness that made mainstream media look to the people for their opinions and discoveries.

They are, for all intents and purposes, shells of what they should be, and spam is to blame. Perhaps more importantly, how they handled spam over the years has caused them to close their networks in one way or another through a series of witchhuntesque spam countermeasures.

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Social News WAR pt 2/3. Ncomment does it again.

Lee Garnett from ncomment did it again. We knew that the first comic was absolutely amazing, but this Part 2 took it to another level.

Click the image for the full comic (but check out part I first if you haven’t already).

Ncomment

How awesome is that!

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Digg Trends Beta: So Far, Not Bad

Digg normally rolls out new features poorly. The debacle that was the “new and improved” dupe detector has yet to show signs of improvement. The Diggbar changes are still a sore spot for many, especially in the way that it was rolled out, changed, and re-rolled out.

Digg Trends is, for now (crossing fingers), a new feature that seems to be doing what it’s supposed to do.

I was terrified when I saw the story below listed as a Trending Topic and held this blog post until it had finished it’s 10-minute trial. Thankfully, Digg Trends (and the Digg community) kept this story off of the front page. “Failed!  Just like nu metal, this trend failed. It won’t be promoted.”

Digg Trends

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