My daily readings 05/29/2010

  • tags: UI, UE, Design

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    • I don’t understand the reasoning behind this move. Sure, I get that it’s ‘cool’- Digg just has Twitter/Facebook/etc envy.

      Digg used to be a place for finding crowd sourced news (or, more recently, lolcats). Now, it will be merely yet another way to share links with your friends. I get that enough on other sites (Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Buzz, etc). In order to get any value, you will need to be following a large number of diverse and interesting people who post cool and relevant links. Prior to the changes, you merely had to type in in order to see what the “world” found interesting.

      Digg had a brilliant concept- make the users the editors. When it started, it was great- it had relevant and timely tech and political news. As it grew, they found themselves victims of catering to the lowest common denominator (which equates to funny pictures, it seems). Rather than use v4 to figure out a way to change this (maybe similar to Reddits’ subreddits?), they created a Digg-styled Facebook clone.

      Yes, Top News is still there. However, it’s been relegated to a tab.

      I wish Digg the best, however I don’t see myself using it if I need to follow and share in order to derive value from the site. It’s unfortunately- Digg has always been a quality site (in terms of software and vision, if not content).

    • Re: 2. Two social sites are clear winners: Facebook and Twitter. Delicious initially had strong adoption, hence they were acquired, but it’s been downhill since then. Google Buzz can be considered a failure; Google forced their social graph upon users and they weren’t happy.

      For the two successful sharing sites out there, hundreds are struggling (Digg included) or dead.

      In regards to the rest of your points, there’s no telling how the product will exactly play out until we have access to play with it for ourselves.

    • It’s rather telling that they’re marketing Digg as a way to get traffic. Yes, it’s good for that that, but that’s not what it’s for. It’s (well, used to be) for finding interesting news, articles, links, etc. Getting more people to post their own blogspam probably won’t help the site much. And for the actual users, I think it’d be a little disheartening to see Rose trying to appeal to publishers rather than the community.
    • Hmm, so the idea is basically a mashup of current Digg, plus some ideas from Twitter and Delicious
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    • Uhh…what? These are features that seem kindof obvious to me…I think they’re awesome. In fact, this is really similar to something that I used to do on my website over a year ago (we stopped doing it because there weren’t enough users to make it feasible at that time…some of the ideas still exist though).

      Alexis, one of the problems with reddit, at least right now, is that there are just too many freaking people. I don’t care about the majority of the users on the site. If there was a way to see reddit as it was 5 years ago when it was you and 10 other people, that would be great, and I think that is what the move digg has made here is trying to accomplish.

    • People weren’t making “friends” on digg for much else than spreading their content, so I suspect most of the networks in place aren’t adding much value to me as a reader. V4 makes the process all the more transparent – publishers plugging in RSS feeds that autodigg each post is a far cry from a reader powered frontpage. And to be fair, of those first 10 redditors you miss, over half of them were me šŸ˜‰

      There’s still a void between random links my facebook friends like and random links tweeters (?) I follow like that solves the signal/noise problem. Someone will fill it – I’d love for it to be newslily. Just promise you’ll gank from Steve’s commenting system, it really is top notch (in my biased opinion).

    • My only issue with this is that it assumes my friends use Digg too, and they don’t. Kevin speaks a little bit about “tastemakers” (how do I find them? Why do I trust them?) and “publishers” (which sounds a lot like RSS spam… right to you in Digg).

      I hope there is a setting for Top News to be the default, and maybe some way of matching people who you are compatible with Digging to set them as your Tastemakers, allowing a transition away from Top News to something more personalized.

    • Digg has already shopped itself around to all the big buyers and they passed (explicitly or not). This move is an attempt by Digg to position themselves as a potential rival to Twitter and/or Facebook. Now all they need is one big dumb company that buys into that illusion.
    • I wish them luck in getting bought out. Seems like Digg would be a good fit for Yahoo, considering their new content-only direction.
    • What? I don’t understand what the big problem with some HN users and ‘linkbait’.

      Who cares? It’s called journalism. In order to catch attention, the headline has to be attention grabbing.

      This post was soo timely for HN:

      If the article was garbage, then yes I would agree with you. But who cares if he manipulates the headline to get attention.

      The next time you write a blog post, or anything, that doesn’t have an attention grabbing headline and gets a ton of traffic…please let us know.


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    • At Inventables his findings were not so surprising. We haven’t used those 3 words before but we’ve set up our company to benefit from this kind of approach for many years. In 2002 when we were just starting out and had very little money we established an $1200 exploration budget for every employee. The only rule surrounding the budget was the money was earmarked for exploration. There were no approvals required, no expectations of ROI, no timeframes. Each employee was given that money, trust, and autonomy to go explore. Companies that apply Dan Pink’s ideas get this kind of approach, where a traditional company finds this frightening.
    • Free Point Project #3: A “You might also like” feature that uses machine learning to get smarter the more our website is used. This feature increased sales leads being sent to vendors by 50%
  • tags: Startup

    • And we got lucky, frankly. We sold to CondĆ© Nast in 2006, which stayed hands off, let the site keep growing, and even encouraged us to open source — the site has grown to over 1/2 million unique visitors a day. And all of that is run by only 4 awesomesauce developers (edit: and one fantastic community manager!); I think the math comes out to 1 dev for every 2 million monthly uniques. 
    • Where have we heard this before: Twitter? Facebook? GoogleBuzz?

      Kevin, you absolutely deserve all the credit for starting the movement — fascinating things happen when online communities can efficiently share content. Whales get silly names and we can expose the tragedies our fellow man endures faster than ever before.

      It’s a damned shame to see digg just re-implementing features from other websites.

    • Could the future really look that much like facebook & twitter? There’s a problem neither site solves: my facebook friends aren’t as diverse as I’d like for me to find the best variety of good content online at any given time and conversely, there’s no great noise filter in the twitterverse (trending topics mostly make my brain hurt).

      And I want to punch myself for saying ‘twitterverse.’

    • What a novel idea you are offering for the VCs to take their hands off and give the power to the founder. This attitude is what differs a kid with an idea from a businessman who takes the idea and makes it profitable. Kevin chose to make money and chose the way of making it through VCs and for a good reason I suppose. He could have hung out and wait for the magical wand of business world to come down from the sky and touch him.

      If you are taking the VCs money, you need to give them back something. Site, in it is infancy and purity, I am sure was not anything like it is today, but at that time it was not making money and I am sure the developers were working for stuffed crust pizza from “the hut”, with the hopes of making it rich one day. Their ship came and they hopped on. Unfortunately, nothing in this life is free. If you want to ride that ship, you need to pay the price by relinquishing control.

      I advise you to grow up as well. Your attitude is not that of a businessman.

  • tags: management, startup

  • tags: management, startup

  • tags: developer

  • tags: People

  • tags: HTML5

  • tags: HTML5

  • tags: UI, UE

  • tags: developer

  • tags: screenshot, web

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