Digg is Unsinkable [pic]

   Posted October 8, 2010 by David Kirk in Entertainment

As the web aggregator juggernaut, Digg could do no wrong. It was truly unsinkable.

My Top 10 Things to Know about the Digg Effect was one of my most popular blog posts ever. That was 2005 and Digg traffic was crushing servers left and right. Oh, Digg — the mighty is falling.

Digg is the Titanic

If you care to see Digg’s Titanic stats, I’ve attached them below…


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David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • I wonder how long it will be until Facebook sinks their boat by going the same route.

    • I’m not sure it’ll be design that kills Facebook. I think in many ways these sites have a natural lifespan… MySpace is dying now. I’m not sure I can put my finger on why other than something shinier came along.

      • Jared Houck

        Facebook was initially aimed at college students – added a bit of exclusivity and prestige. And… facebook layout was cleaner, simpler, and almost add free at the time

        • Yeah, the MySpace “look” caused eyes to bleed. However, it did cause people to post risque pictures–a phenomena that was interesting for a while.

          • and the fact that you hardly knew which boxes were ads or actually pieces of MySpace

            i can see Facebook being displaced by the Diaspora project but we’ll see if that gets out of beta/coding stage. i even donated $10 to get it going, hehe. 🙂

    • I will say this about Facebook. They have stretched their tentacles extremely wide. As buggy and painful as Facebook programming is… the potential of easy traffic and viral spread has lured many good projects under their umbrella. They are slowly gobbling up (or out-maneuvering) other excellent startups as well. Previously, I was a paid Flickr kinda guy. But really, as facebook pics improves, I’ll probably just use it for all my images. That kind of slow expansion gives Facebook a strong foundation that Digg does not have. For better or worse, Digg was built on some kick-butt superusers. Trying to wrestle that power away from the superusers has really hurt the site…

      • I agree, their approach towards the superusers was much like shooting themselves in the face. Hmmm, idea for an upcoming image? 🙂

  • Bill

    almost accurate. there should be money dangling from the bow of the ship & kevin trying to reach it =P

  • Yea, i hate to admit it but i jumped off the Digg boat a good year and a half ago. Dang, that is one heck of a drop off though!! wow!