...or why I don't seem to read Digg that much anymore.
Imagine one of those swirly heat wave things you see on TV when people remember the distant past. Remember when you first found Digg and there were lots of really good articles and links. The user comments weren't great but there was sooo much content. And you thought "Wow! Here I am reading Slashdot and Fark like a smuck". This was going to be the future. Web 2.0 sites like Digg were going to change the internet. Users were going to submit the content AND decide which content should be front page news. There would be no more meta-mod crazy editors or having to pay $5 for the privilege. Slashdot and Fark were toast.
But it didn't work out like that. Increasingly I find I'm not going to Digg anymore and when I do I'm not logging in or making comments. I'm going back to Slashdot and trying other websites like reddit. So if, when and why did Digg jump the shark? In my opinion...
1. Too many categories, badly organised.
This leads to jumbled stories and makes it hard to find stories. And when there is a real need for a new section Kevin and the Gang ignore their userbase. Enough diggers want a picture section. It can't be that hard.
2. The real and imagined digg swarms and bury-brigades.
Ron Paul? Who the fuck is Ron Paul...
3. The Apple bias.
Can you ever have enough iPhone articles? I never really understood Apple fanboyism until Digg.
4. Continuing censorship.
After the HD_DVD code debacle you'd think that Kevin and the gang would have learned something important. Something about walking the walk when it came to users running Digg. But no, they continue to censor articles by removing up and coming articles from the front page. And I'm not talking about articles which breach the terms and conditions, unless its against the terms and conditions to criticise Kevin and the gang.
5. Fetching... a shitty comment system.
I think this is the main reason I never login anymore. Why bother commenting if people can't read your +140 comment unless it is 'fetched'. Why bother even reading the Digg comments if an insightful +167 comment can be hidden under a -36 piece of stupidity.
Unless Kevin etc can fix these issues Digg is just going to continue its slow decline, like Happy Days. Just another also ran in the Web 2.0 era of social news sites. Vale Digg.