So, I have a Digg account, one of many unfortunate necessities of web-networking I have. I felt it would be another good way to spread the word about interesting stories that I’ll read online, because basically, that’s what it’s theoretically meant to do. Help disseminate news and interesting stuff to the masses.
courtesy of 1dak
And yet, if you read the comments section for any story at Digg, you’d think you were visiting 4chan. One of the primary criticisms of the website is just this pattern of anonymous vitriol and mass “burying” of stories which are not in line with the groupmind of hardcore Digg-ers and critical of Digg in general. Like this, for instance. Arguably stemming from groupthink mentality that has permeated large online institutionalized establishments like YouTube, a majority of Digg’s most-read, aka “frontpage”, content, is posted and supported by a minority group of posters who seem to hold some sort of sway over the community of the site. It is, unfortunately, a corruption of the
This could totally stem into a digression of just how bad for journalism and the dissemination of news that user-driven internet networking like Digg is, but that’s just not the point. Nor is just how shitty Digg is and can be, despite being somehow viewed as some sort of be-all-end-all of advanced business networking/marketing/advertising by people who don’t know anything about the Internet. Rather, I had a point here about something I read;
Webmonkey recently posted an editorial on the “Diggbar”, which is gaining a level of notoriety that is possibly warranted. From what I’m gathering, downloading the Diggbar, which is meant to allow you to easily Digg a site you’re visiting, uses Digg to route you to that site when you’re referring it, meaning that the site doesn’t get the site hit, Digg does.
In essence, it allows Digg to steal page views, disguised as a TinyURL-esque sort of “service” of URL-shortening.
I know, classy, right? Here’s a detailed breakdown. It’s a little tech-heavy, but despite Digg’s responses and the fact that it’s technically not illegal, it’s still really fucking shady, it’s interesting to read. I was just taken with how “deep” Digg is trying to sink its fingers into the World Wide Web in terms of information/news flow, networking, and expanding its own counts and popularity.
So yeah, fuck Digg, and if you’re smart, you’ll avoid it whenever possible.