Look around. There’s a tsunami of content surrounding all of us. Cutting through the clutter is virtually impossible, and those who make the attempt, usually end up spinning their wheels. Since most of us have lives (or pretend to), we don’t have the time to cull the Internet to find “important” articles. Instead we lean on social news Websites that rely on the wisdom of crowds to pan for gold. But recently, I’m finding that gold to be nothing but bits of worthless rock. Here’s why I no longer dig Digg.
- I’m an Adult. I don’t need to see it first. If it’s good enough and relevant to me it will find its way to me. That’s just the way the modern Web works.Â Does it really matter if you saw Bush wipe his hand on Clinton before your buddy? I find the “LOOK WHAT I FOUND FIRST” mentality quite irritating. There’s also only so many retro video game jokes and boobage I can handle.
- Regurgitated Crap. I’m smart enough to realize that the world isn’t one big top 10 list. Sure it makes information easy to digest, but I think the use of numbers in headlines has reached a saturation point.
This article, 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Shawshank Redemption, caught my eye yesterday. I hadn’t been on Digg in close to a year, but decided to give it a glance before writing this post. Since the movie is my all-time favorite, I couldn’t help but click. What I found on the page was terribly disappointing. Someone had apparently watched the DVD commentary and recycled information that’s been available for years. Lame! In fact, lame enough to garner over 1k diggs. I accept the fact that not everyone has seen the DVD, but fo there to be this much excitement over old information, shows me that the wisdom of the masses is not for me.
- I’m Bitter. After cranking out what I deem “diggable” content for five years, I’ve never hit the big time: the elusive frontpage. I refuse to accept that it’s my content. It MUST be a flawed system. Despite algorithm tweaks, many believe that the Digg frontpage is still controlled by a few early-adopting top dogs. From what I hear the traffic deluge is short-lived anyway, with the majority or people exiting to never return.
- Self-Promotion. Any successful product must be shamelessly promoted, but during my brief visit, I noticed that Digg-related stories were monopolizing the “Top in All Topics.” I understand that people might be excited about Digg’s iPhone app, but it smells like home cooking to me.
- Better Filters. I rather get my scoop from people in my circle, not a bunch of strangers I can barely relate to. See, I’m not like everyone else and don’t pretend to be. So I don’t want some skier in Liechtenstein telling me what’s hip and relevant. I’d much rather lean on Twitter and Facebook to have my editorial likes filtered by peers. In fairness, Digg’s recent announcement to add Twitter and Facebook shares to Digg counts, as well as the ability to Digg stories without logging in, could make this reason less weighted.
- Limited Categories. I often find myself shoehorning an article into a category that is a stretch. For example a lot of my content falls into the “career advice” genre, and I’m forced to place it in either “Business” or “Odd Stuff.” A few new subcategories seem in order.
Agree? Disagree? Your comments are always appreciated. Also, do you find yourself using Digg more or less than let’s say a year ago?