On Digg Today, Everything Went Better Than Expected

The implosion of Digg is happening. It is an unstoppable conclusion to events that have been in motion since last week and will continue until the full implosion event similar to to the final shrinking of the universe.

Then, today, it changed. Digg’s front page algorithm started resembling the old promotion algorithm. Familiar sources absent from the Digg front page for a week came back.

Everything went better than expected.

As promised, time-stamps have returned to stories, including how long a story has been in Top News and when a story was actually submitted.

The axles seem to be breaking less and less.

Users are almost frolicking, submitting content to Digg rather than Reddit, Mixx, and anywhere else that would have them.

Today, things almost seem normal for Digg.

We’ll monitor the situation. There’s still a certain level of trepidation. Could it be real? Only time will tell.

UPDATE: Kevin Rose’ Reply – “We still have work to do — expect to see ongoing tweaks to the promotion algorithm, upcoming coming back, and a few other fixes. It’s going to be another week or two, but know that we are working hard on these problems. Thank you.”

Spam has made it to the front page from time to time as they tweak the algorithm. Moderation is swift and spam stories are being removed shortly after making Top News.

Historical domain data seems to have been erased (as Rose eluded to when alpha testing was announced) which is allowing domains such as Splice Today to hit the front page when the old Digg ignored it for nearly 2 years. Those who may have lost hope in the past can give it another shot.

Stories are hitting more quickly, often in less than an hour, but other stories are still hitting even after 24 hours.

Day 1 of Digg V4.1 seems to be a move in the right direction.

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Comments

  1. I still have to slow down, partner, otherwise I might break an axle. So much for actually being able to digg/bury/post comments, digg stories, and add people to follow in the same session.

    I find myself having to log off and back on as a different user twice within every ten minutes I spend on Digg because of that. Of course with v4, I’m rarely on more than 10 minutes per day so it’s becoming less and less of a problem.

  2. PsychoNavigator says:

    The Digg revolt has had its’ lasting effect. Once you’ve spent a few days with Reddit, it’s very unlikely you’d ever turn back. Digg lost me when they started in with the Diggbar. Now that I’ve gotten used to Reddit, it’s never been the same. I constantly have ongoing discussions that can be followed up later with further discusion that’s open ended enough, much like a regular discussion forum.

    Digg never ever had a firm grasp on social media in the context that Reddit does, and this latest move just exposes them for what they really are all about, and that involves whoring themselves to corporate blog and news sites, when all along Reddit has managed to actually be about social media the whole time.

    So long Digg. You’re like the hot chick next door, good to look at for awhile, then it turns out you’re just another prostitute calling.

  3. what the fuck is this site?

  4. FormerDigUser says:

    PsychoNavigator summed it all up for me.

    Reddit may not be the prettiest site out there but what’s going on under their hood puts Digg to shame.

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  6. haventduggrecently says:

    I haven’t regularly dugg for about 3 months and can’t believe how much the community and stories have changed. I hope things fix soon or it will be sad to change to another site.

  7. Large parts of digg are still very broken.

    The link to my users settings are gone. If I go to http://digg.com/ rather than digg.com/news I get the dreaded: No stories found . RSS feeds still link to the original article not to the digg page.

    What on earth were they thinking going live with something so untested?

  8. Yeah I’m seeing some improvements too but why did the design change from 100% to a fixed width site?

  9. I think it’s improving, but as other commenters have alluded to, they may never gain back the users they lost in the rough shuffle of the move. If they can prove their viability, though, they’ll be better able to gain new users which may even out the balance for them.

  10. Very interesting post and comments left by other bloggers..

  11. Scott Fischer says:

    I’m completely frustrated personally. It seems 85% of the “Top News” > “Top in 24 hours” (my usual go-to bookmark) keeps coming up with reddit.com links – what gives?!?!?!

  12. Well, it may have gone good for the “NEW” Digg, but my igoogle gadget “POPULAR STORIES” filled up with news to read from Digg, Readit, Delicious, Y!Buzz, Furl (no Furl, it’s no more!) and Mixx! It’s one of them continued to re-fill with new and interesting stories, all but Digg, it filled up yesterday morning 9/2/10 and hasn’t reloaded any new stories since yesterday morning. I hadn’t worked in a few weeks and then a couple days ago it was no longer stuck on Loading, it filled several times a day with new stuff, except yesterday, it’s still old stuff just sitting there. Tdubya

  13. Maybe you were just in a hurry, but you must know the grammar in these two paragraphs is atrocious:

    “The implosion of Digg is happening. It is an unstoppable conclusion to events that have been in motion since last week and will continue until the full implosion event similar to to the final shrinking of the universe.

    Then, today, it changed. Digg’s front page algorithm started resembling the old promotion algorithm. Familiar sources absent from the Digg front page for a week came back.”

    The tenses just don’t jive at all!

  14. BLA BLAA BLAAA says:

    Digg is fucking retarded.

    Try running a search for “Ron Paul” articles on their site now, all of the results are bullshit.

    Digg has utterly sabotaged all of the anti-Obama — anti-globalist and anti-tyranny — stories. They’ve stopped all of the most important and most aggressive news articles from rising to the top.

    Fuck Digg.

  15. BLA BLAA BLAAA says:

    WOW…

    After days of chaotic spam and bullshit…

    I just ran a search for Ron Paul articles, again, and normal Ron Paul stories are beginning to populate again.

    The history of Ron Paul’s articles are still in total disarray, however.

  16. Baaa Baaa Baaaa says:

    STFU Paultard, the Paul stories were all trumped up bullshit put up by gaming the system. Outside of the cute little internet clubs that intentionally rape websites to appear to have an audience there are almost 15 people who actually like that crazy old retard.

    “Ayeeee! No one is listening to Crazy Grampa Taxerhate! I am going to go hide in the corner of my mothers basement until the world likes him and meeeeeeeee!”

  17. Nice article though :)

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  19. lol :)

  20. I’m just amused at all the commotion, I never really relied on sites of this type for my information.

  21. The new Digg look great. This is the best that digg can offer. Thanks for sharing a little bit of info.

  22. The new digg is great! thanks for the post..

  23. Very interesting post and comments left by other bloggers..

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