BuriedA year ago, our sister website Social News Watch launched.  It was brought into this virtual world with the love and care associated with passion.  Its topic: social media.  Its authors: social media users.  Its goal: talk about social media.

The initial success was amazing.  The 14th story posted to it hit the front page of Digg.  Shortly after that, another hit.  And another.  In a 4 week period during November and December 2007 it hit the front page of Digg 8 times.

Since then, it has never hit.

What changed?  The topic?  The authors?  The goal?  No, no, and no.  The only thing that changed was that it was placed on the autobury list that supposedly does not exist.  It didn’t matter who submitted it: top users gave it a shot, including MrBabyMan and Zaibatsu.  Mid-level users submitted it.  New users submitted it.  There were stories that were “Digg Gold” posted on it, designed specifically to appeal to what Digg users like.

There are other sources that claim to be Autoburied.  I want to hear about more.  If you believe that your site is on the autobury list, please post it here.  We would like to run some tests to confirm one way or another that it does or does not exist.  There are ways to find out.  We’ll do it.

This story was inspired by NumberNeal who did a guest post on NowSourcing.

Read more stories about Digg on this blog.

Written by JD Rucker
+JD Rucker is Editor at Soshable, a Social Media Marketing Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and founder of Dealer Authority. He drinks a lot of coffee, usually in the form of a 5-shot espresso over ice. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.