XKCD will hit the front page of Digg. Every time. No exceptions.
The often brilliant webcomic XKCD is published on particular days and at particular times during the week. The clockwork nature of the posts is followed by several Digg users because every post will hit the front page. The chances of a Kevin Rose submission missing the front page is higher than the chances of XKCD missing.
As a result, every post is submitted multiple times within seconds after it goes live. Because Digg does not “lock out” submissions once they are started, everyone who starts submitting before the first one is completed will be able to continue their submission.
With Andy Sorcini, MrBabyMan on Digg, away from his home studio for Friday nights’ The Drill Down show, he graciously allowed me to pop in and have an impromptu “Drill Up” show. We were able to interview and have a discussion with several Digg users including MrBabyMan, MSaleem, LouieBaur, Brainnovate, and Tched.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was getting LtGenPanda, the enigmatic new user who has really taken the Digg from page by storm with instant success. Also joining us was former Digg powerhouse OptimusPrime01 as we had 3 hours of fun and informative discussions. You can check it out here:
It was hard. For as long as I can remember, I have not been one who clicks on banner ads. Heck, in most cases, I don’t even see them (thank you FF).
A friend of mine who is an avid reader turned me onto Audible.com to download audio books. With recent articles in BusinessWeek and TechCrunch about the financial woe’s they’re having at Digg, I remembered seeing an Audible ad on Digg and thought, why not?
I’m going to be signing up for the service anyway. Why not throw a bone to the site that consumes a ton of my time?
The results weren’t good:
These things happen. I sent an email to Digg pointing out the issue and waited. It is now 4 days later. I surfed Digg, doing my thing, checking every time I went to a new page to see if my target ad had found me. It eventually did, but still, it didn’t work. Continue reading The Simple Truth About Digg’s Lack of Profits
For many, getting a story on the front page of Digg is a nice accomplishment. Some people submit dozens, even hundreds of stories over the months and years and never make it. Others find modest success — 15 front page stories puts users in the top 1000 ranks on the site that gets over 20 million unique visitors a month.
The recent action of Digg against a number of its “top users” is being questioned at the moment. Recent stories point all the blame on Digg for the action however its a lot more twisted than it seems.
Though a number of Digg users had been fast-digging for a long time, the issue had hit digg just recently. Apparently it seems that there had been a cold war between top users. In order to remove some top users from the stack, some reported them up for different reasons.