Thursday, November 30, 2006

Socio-Topical News is the Future

There are times when I am perfectly content with social news, albeit not very often. Really the only time I can think of that I am is when I use it as a tool to find things that are neat, weird, or funny. Usually this consists of funny videos on youtube or a flash game that I might play a couple times. However, social news seems to be falling short of a site like Google News, where news topics are grouped together.

Currently, on sites like digg or netscape, there is really only room for one source. Granted, Netscape's Navigators can add additional links they deem necessary. While this is a step in the right direction, it still fails to cover news topics properly. When a news story hits the front page people read it and thats that. If a story is submitted again dealing with the same topic, it is generally buried as a duplicate, regardless of its content value. Often times different sources can offer multiple views with new or supplementary information.

I have been paying attention to Techmeme ever since I was linked there several days back and I like what I see. Sure the site is not exactly social news like digg or netscape, but what is keeping those sites from adopting similar schemes? A while back I wrote an article proposing the grouping of similar and alternative sources into one topic. It seems that this is the next shift in social news. Sure there is still a place for social bookmarking and social 'cool stuff finding' but when it comes to news, who wouldn't want an easy list of topical links on a particular subject?

Perhaps it is just me, but I find that when it comes to general news topics the average 'social newser' only sees one side of the coin of news. Don't people want to read both sides of a story and decide for themselves?

Organizing news topics into groups of user-submitted links would not only accomplish this, but also spread some of the massive click-through love around. Are there any sites I am missing out on that do this? If so let me know, I want in.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Not Everything on the Internet is Awesome

I've been getting some pretty good hits from people submitting the material from this site to digg. Personally, I find it pleasing to see people other than myself submitting things from here. There is one thing that bothers me however; people burying the material.

I don't mind criticism or anything, but over the last several weeks I have been noticing an increasing amount of material from this site and others being buried. I don't think Digg is burying it or anything shady like that, I just think that as a whole, the digg audience doesn't really care about general 'social news' news all that much. When people submit every post from one specific site, diggers tend to remember them and bury accordingly. This is basically because as stated above, not everyone is interested in everything that is talked about here.

I would believe that this is not just the problem with Inside Social News, which is why I propose a method be devised for blocking individual entries from being submitted to social news sites.

This way, when I feel that there is something worthy of being submitted that the general digg audience would accept, I can allow it. I think we can all agree that not everything is awesome. By limiting the material from specific sites to only top-notch content, the perception of said site would be much higher.

I am pretty sure that people will probably hate this idea because everyone seems to only care about hits and pageviews these days. Until this is possible Submit away :)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

On Diggs and Votes, but no Reads....

One thing I hear a lot about is the fact that people do not read the articles they Digg or vote for. While this is the case and there is no denying it, there are some very plausible reasons for this occurance.

1. The Title and Description Give Everything Away.
A lot of times I find that there is no need to click through to the actual story because it is already summarized for me. However, the summary is usually a poor one that doesn't explain everything. This causes people to digg, vote, and comment on stories without knowing exactly what the story is talking about.

2. Diggs and Votes are used as bookmarks.
I believe that Diggs and Votes are to signify that you like something, or feel that other people should see it. All too often, users 'bookmark' a story because they are at work or cannot read it at that moment. This inflates the digg count and is not helpful at all. I am hoping for some sort of bookmarking feature to come in the future.

3. Users Post the Content of the Story in the Comments.
I don't know that I have ever seen this on Netscape, but it happens fairly often on Digg. Some users feel the need to include the content of the article in the comments. This happens most often with lists and makes it unnecessary to view the article.

I'll give users the benefit of the doubt here. Sometimes there is simply no need to read the article.

Digg's Upcoming Features?

Kevin Rose recently mentioned that there were some upcoming features; 20 over the next month to be precise. That was of course written down November 9th, giving little time left to release such a large slew of features and updates.

Given the holiday weekend, I think we can all cut the Digg Crew some slack and should send them a big 'Thank You' for working so hard to keep digg valueable and enjoyable. Many thanks indeed!

With the new features coming soon, I thought I would speculate on what those might be. Here are a few ideas.

1. The Buried Stories Bin
What it is: Basically it is a bin where the stories that have been buried go to be re-evaluated. They can either stay buried or be voted back to the homepage or general queue.
Why this is important: Often times stories are buried due for no other reason than bias. "I don't like this user, or website" This gives people that enjoy reading those sites the ability to re-present them to the digg audience.
What makes me think this is coming? Digg & Co have repeated over and over about its development, from the digg blog to many many comments. (there are more, but you get the point) It would just make good sense to release it now.

2. Social Networking Features
What it is: Something along the line of profiles so users can interact better and easier.
Why this is important: Right now Digg is a quasi-community, but only through friends and comments. There is no real way to interact with fellow diggers.
What makes me think this is coming? Valleywag liveblogged Kevin's web 2.0 presentation and they mentioned that 'Digg is starting to create profiles. First, it shows users who are good or bad diggers. Second, it'll help Diggers socialize.'

3. Enhanced Publisher Tools
What it is: Some sort of flash based tools to help publishers know information about who is digging their articles and what is going on with them.
Why this is important: Publishers have caught on that good material = lots of hits. Knowledge about who make up these hits and how they are coming will enable dugg writers to know their audience better.
What makes me think this is coming? Valleywag's coverage of the web 2.0 conference again. They noted that 'Digg is also working on giving these tools to web publishers, giving dugg writers info about who's digging their story, what's going on. Digg's building a flash toolkit for this.'

4. The Digg API
What it is: A method to "...pretty much giving anyone who wants to create an application to manipulate the digg data the ability to do so."
Why this is important: I don't actually know why, but apparently API's help people do awesome things with data.
What makes me think this is coming? They said it is. One place was a ZDnet interview here.

Well thats all of the ones Digg has made clear are coming. Hopefully we will see some of them. What are some features that you, the digg users would like to see?

Monday, November 27, 2006

On Spike The Vote (now it's for sale?) - Updated

Update - 11/27/06: It looks like someone got busted by digg for using the spike the vote system. His account and ip were both banned. Long story short, Don't use the service.

Also, the bidding is up to $1026 for the site.

News - 11/18/06: I was working on this post when I noticed that Spike The Vote is now for sale. Here is a link to the auction.

Several weeks ago, a new service called Spike the Vote was announced promising huge page views for people untalented enough to create what I like to call 'good content'. Some of my content would probably fall into that category, but instead of joining a losers support group, I try to make better content. (It still probably sucks anyway) Without further adieu, the launch of this service went something like that of a man announcing his impotence.

First of all, it is fairly easy to see what stories are submitted by the people attempting to spike the vote. For example, of the 3 missions assigned to me, I was able to easily sniff out 2 of the offending sites, the third offender was a toss up between a couple sites. Adsense is a often a dead giveaway though having adsense means nothing in itself.

Second, it is obvious to see which users use spike the vote. When a user is assigned 5 stories, other spikethevote users are also assigned the same 5 stories. A simple cross reference of the 'who dugg this' page reveals similarities, a digging history check of those users reveals the same 5 stories dugg in the exact same order. Coincidence? I think not.

Third, as for huge page views, there aren't any. While I noticed that each mission included a story submitted by a top user to try and fool people. These stories were quality and reached the homepage anyway. As for the others, the most diggs I saw was around 25 or so.

***Disclaimer*** I signed up for the luxury of writing a post about it and engaged in no shady behavior. I didn't digg anything assigned. Had I needed to submit or digg a story to be gamed in order to get a mission, I wouldn't have.

The List: Digg Trademark Infringers

If there is one thing I know, it is that people like lists. People also enjoy reading things about the social news site Why not combine the two? Here is my list of sites which infringe on the digg trademark:

Already Contacted: (now - collected the flash games which made it to the homepage - (closing) - follow specified digg stories with text messages - (closed) - allowed users to create a miniature profile cards for their website - (now - an aggregator of digg,, and slashdot articles

Still Infringing: - create your very own automatic updating Digg Signature for your website, myspace or online forums - News and/or controversy news about - connect with other diggers via irc - aggregates rss feeds from digg, netscape, and now reddit - digg's and many other sites' headlines formatted for mobile devices - a site which compliments digg by mirroring dead links, also includes several other neat features - hybrid digg + in a digg spy scroller - parody 'comment cloud' of digg comments - highlights crossposted articles from digg and slashdot and scores them - half digg, half slashdot - create a custom digg feed in seconds - forum-ish thing that doesn't really do anything - site that offers mirrors of diggnation saturday night - tuesday night - website that spells 'digg army' in the little digg guys, pretty creative - mobile friendly, soon to offer mobile friendly site conversion - help fix this person cat, saw this posted to digg

I am pretty sure I was able to find most of them myself, but if there are any other please let me know. Have any more sites been contacted to be shut down?

On a side note, several of the services listed above are mobile version of digg. Digg already offers a service that does that. It can be found at

I should also mention that I DO feel that digg has the right to go after sites that use the digg trademark, especially if they are using digg graphics making the site appear like it might be associated with

No Digg for You! Rebrands...

Well, it was bound to happen. was finally hit with a cease & desist notice from digg. The site has rebranded though as though, so as long as people update their bookmarks it shouldn't be too much of a problem. On the bright side of life, they win my award for best logo of the year. Digg this topic here.

This C&D is reasonable in my opinion. The site takes stories that have been posted to digg, puts them on its own website, and has ads on the page. Hardly complementary in my estimations. Although, that type of activity is actually encouraged by digg through their blog tools. The digg name was the item in question here, so I can't imagine any more trouble with the rebrand.

All this trademark stuff is giving me a headache. Digggames, digg2phone, diggcard, and now I am pondering posting my list of sites that infringe on the trademark. I think its somewhere near 20.

Friday, November 24, 2006

The Wrong Headstone

In the last couple days there have been a few posts with regard to digg's moderators. Mine, Muhammad's, Deep Jive Interests.....

One of the things that bother me about digg is when submitted stories are buried innappropriately. A prime example of this is an explanatory post about digg's moderators by Muhammad @ themulife. At digg, the submission was marked as inaccurate and buried. Usually I would celebrate this self-moderation by the masses, except that in this case, it was completely wrong.

This story was not inaccurate. It pointed out that digg HAS moderators. A common misconception among the digg population is that there are NO moderators. If anything this would give people a better understanding of how digg works. Kevin Rose, the creator of digg, even confirmed the existence of moderators in the comments, further showing that this story was not inaccurate.

In a side note, frustration with digg's burial process is probably at an all-time high right now. I would think that this would be a good time for the digg crew to unveil the 'buried stories bin' which has been worked on since at least April. More on the bin to come.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Finding Spammers is Fun! (Part 1)

Spam Ring:
These "users" were nice enough to all digg the exact same stories. Some were even nice enough to post the exact same stories to their blogs.

chenfu910 - Dugg - Blog
johnbowdy - Dugg
hothope - Dugg - Blog
tsaifufu - Dugg - Blog
warrantsai001 - Dugg
amyleeamy - Dugg - Blog
leejuihsing - Dugg
leemeng - Dugg

Sites Spammed:
All of these sites have listed as their contact in the WHOIS registry. Tsaifufu is one of the digg usernames listed above. Anyways, here are the sites:

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

New Site: Hive Spy

Hive Spy "...collects the latest new submissions to Social Bookmarking Portals such as,,", and I noticed a few reddit links flying through, though it doesn't list it.

Basically it works in the same manner as the digg spy with 'new submissions' as the only option checked. I am unsure how reliable hivespy is at aggregating each sites newly submitted stories, but one thing is for sure: there are tons of links.
As far as features are concerned, you can pause or forage.
  • Pausing does just that, it pauses the fast-moving hive so you can click and read the links much easier.
  • Forage gives a bit more information about the link itself; such as what time it was submitted and what time it entered the hive. For sites with tags, it is nice enough to list those as well as similar stories.
The only thing I wish is that it listed the link to the site where it came from. Other than that, I thought it was a pretty interesting find. So check it out.

Digg's Ninja Moderators

It is pretty common knowledge that ninjas lurk in the shadows waiting to kill things. I have never seen one personally, but that does not mean that they do not exist. Some people believe there are secret moderators lurking in the shadows of fighting crime and sinister activities, while other believe they are the sinister ones themselves. Here are some things to think about.

Digg Has Moderators
It would be very false to say that Digg doesn't have moderators. The only question is what exactly they do? Here are a few references I found with regard to digg admin or mods from the digg team themselves:

In part 2 of a ZDNet interview, Kevin had this to say:

"But for the most part I’d say it’s probably 95% user-driven, so the users handle most of that for us - which is really nice from the admin side, in that we don’t really have to have a large staff that’s policing the site. It’s actually only one person who watches the site in general - it’s not really that big a task because the community handles most of it."

There Are Missing Stories
As far as I understand it, when a story is buried it is removed from the homepage. However, It still exists on digg. This is easily shown by running a search and including buried stories. Here is an example search I ran using 'themulife'. This is how digg works...except when it doesn't.

Sometimes stories are completely removed from digg. I have no idea why, but it happens. Here is an example of a story that was buried, but is no longer anywhere on digg. Oops, page not found. I know this story existed because there I watched it get buried numerous times on the digg spy:

This has happened to other stories as well. Perhaps it is an internal error? In completeing the research for this story I ran across this ZDNet interview with Digg founder Kevin Rose where he explains the burial system. Here is the important snippet:

"So, for example, users can "bury" a story and when enough users do that it’s removed from the queue, but not deleted from the site."

What do the moderators moderate?
I'm sure you can come to your own conclusion here. I would think it would be a bad conclusion that Digg is up to no good, because they really have a lot to lose going that route. What do you think?

While there are certain aspects (such as the number of buries per story) of the burying process that should not be revealed for good reason. Others should. One good example of this is the reason for burial. Currently, in order to find out why a submission was buried, you need to email digg support. Big waste of time for something as cut and dry as this. Why not just list the reason next to the red thumbs down?

Another crazy idea would be to differentiate between 'user moderation' and 'administrative moderation'. I believe this would allow digg's users to see how/why things are done, and who they are done by. This would give them the opportunity to know what they did wrong so that they know what to correct in the future.

In the end, mysterious things sometimes happen for no reason. Without proper explanation people tend to conjure up conspiracy theories or whatever. I hope this post did not come across as a conspiracy theory as I only presented what we know and nothing more. Digg on.

Do Not Digg This Post

Over the last several days I have been doing some serious thinking. One of my focuses has been on how to make this site a legitimate news source for things dealing with social news. So here are some ways I will try to do that:

1. Not submit any posts to social news sites unless it is actually 'news'. After doing some research, I found that digg does not like random thoughts being paraded around on digg. Here are a couple comments by danhuard (digg moderator):

"STOP submitting stories like this. Digg IS NOT a message board, stop treating it as such. You submit technology and science news content only. Don't use the submission feature as your personal megaphone. As much as you hate exclamation points you're equally cluttering up th digg queue. Please think about your actions before acting on them. You're identifying a very petty problem by creating a much larger one. Think..."


"submissions like these are exactly why it's so difficult to follow stories completely through the /diggall queue to the homepage.stop treating digg like a message's science and technology news not "whatever comes to my thought process gets submitted."contact digg at"

2. Research, research, research. One things that news sites do is research to be sure what they are saying is accurate. Sure some people may disagree, but there is generally some sort of editorial wall before something can be published. Many Blogs do not have this because they generally 'repurpose' news and throw a link to the people that actually did research. Again I will use a comment by Dan Huard to prove digg does not like this:

"If you're going to call digg out, you've gotta come in with more credibility
than this."
3. Change my domain from to Many people see the blogspot tag and immediately consider it blogspam regardless of its content value.

4. Keep it ad/adsense free until I have something worth getting paid for to say. Many people put ads up in hope of making a quick buck or paying for hosting or something. As of right now blogger pays for my hosting so there is no need to try and recooperate costs.

Lastly, here is a comment by dan that kind of sums up their feeling on blogs. I think it is relevant to the topic. An please don't submit this to digg.

"After reading this I still don't see how blogs add any value to digg. The people who actually get off their asses and do actual news gathering and reporting should be credited. Generally, blog sites even try to hide the original source and only link internally thereafter. The obvious ones are the Weblogs, Inc. guys (engadget, joystiq, blogging baby, etc.)

Maybe I should retract what I said, "After reading this I still don't see how blogs add any value to digg." There IS a value for blogging (different perspectives, sometimes addtional expert advice, etc.) but bloggers have abused their power too much. It's too easy to submit anything you want. And EVERYBODY wants a few extra bucks from Google Ads so there is the problem, imo.

On another note, digg users still don't understand the administrative toolset digg provides. People complain about how bad the stories are but they don't 'report' the story. The community needs to realize that if you want digg a certain way, YOU have the power to change it. YOU are the admins. It's like voting for our president. You can't complain how bad of a job he's doing if you didn't vote!"

Monday, November 20, 2006

The Yigg Effect

I guess there is a first time for everything. Last night I got homepaged over there for my article regarding More Digg Trademarks. Properly titled, legt nach. Neue Warenzeichen und Markenanmeldungen has received a total of 23 yiggs and 5 Kommentare.
Think what you will about it, but my day it officially made :)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

More Digg Trademarks

I just noticed some new trademark wording at the bottom of the digg homepage today. Not sure when it was added, but it might possibly have some ramifications to some digg fansites. The new wording states that:

"DIGG, DIGG IT, DUGG, DIGG THIS, Digg graphics, logos, designs, page headers,
button icons, scripts, and other service names are the trademarks of Digg Inc."

Normally I wouldn't think too deeply about something like this but lets all take a time machine back to August when digg sent a cease and desist order to DiggGames. Kevin Rose wrote about it on the Digg blog, but that was specific to the term 'digg'. With new teminology such as 'dugg' added, could duggtrends/duggmirror be in jeopardy? Hopefully not as they provide an awesome service that is widely used throughout the digg community.

Update - Sites that have been contacted:
Digg2Phone - " With Digg2Phone, you can choose which stories you want us to follow for you, and we'll text message you when something happens."
Digg Card - "Digg card is a way of inserting your Profile on to you website."
DiggGames - now - a listing of all the flash games that have been featured on the frontpage of

Friday, November 17, 2006

Netscape Userbase Woes (Insert Debbie Downer Noise)

I've been gathering user signup data on Netscape ever since it began. This is a very easy thing to do with the use of their handy Tracker. My goal was to show a trend, either positive or negative. I do believe that this is what would be considered a negative one:

Obviously, I do not think the main goal of Netscape is to get more users, but rather to have more participation. However, I would consider this information an indicator of waning interest. It is fairly difficult to compare this to Digg at the moment since there has not been any public statement of their userbase in a while. My guess is that it is fast approaching the magical 1 Million mark. Anyways, take this information for what its worth.

Edit: Muhammad gives some good positive analysis on the topic here.

Any other stats people are interested in seeing?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Digg Soundboard

Everybody enjoys reading comments, so why not have a real-time* view of the comments posted to The Unofficial Digg Soundboard promises just such a service. Basically it combines the look of a tag cloud with comments instead of tags. This is actually a fairly old service, but I don't know how I missed out on it until now.

Sense of humor required.

*not actually real-time

Sunday, November 12, 2006

I'm Tired of Inaccuracy!

I don't understand why people don't want information that is not full of crap. Granted, this problem outlined below lies in the story submission stage where users conveniently forget to convey what an article actually says to get maximum diggs. Truthfully, I'm really fed up with it and you should be too.

Here are a couple good examples of what I mean:

1. "Religious right leaders knew #1 evangelical, Ted Haggard, was gay"

Problem: No one reads past the headline. Many people are so quick to comment about how terrible Christian's are, they fail to read the story at all. I did read the story and the links it quoted, but somehow I only see that Haggard's being gay was speculated. Far from proof if you ask me.

2. "**Republican Fires Employee For Confirming that He Violated Ethics Rules"

Problem: Again, the sheep, I mean readers don't read the article. The comments section was filled up with comments saying that Republicans are *all* corrupt. Anyways, I decided to read the article and found that at no point did the article state that anyone was fired.

Please don't take either of these example and say that I condone the actions at the heart of the news stories. I don't. Hypocrisy and unethical behavior are not good. I simply want people to be a little less stupid. Is that too much to ask?

Monday, November 06, 2006

+1000 and Reverse Psychology

This weekend was a pretty busy one here at Inside Social News. People seemed to be fairly interested in what their fellow diggers had been commenting about. Saturday ended with somewhere around 60,000 page views, which may not be very many, but when your previous high was 1500, it is. Good thing I don't use adsense.

People also seem to enjoy doing the opposite of what you ask for in a comment. Requests for positive diggs are buried, requests for buries are dugg. Case in point:

I believe choicetoes now has the most dugg comment in digg history. I didn't update my posts because I am too lazy and about ready for bed.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Most Buried Comments in Digg History

Finding the most buried comments took a bit more work than finding the most dugg ones, but here is my best effort at finding them. Personally, I was disappointed at the amount of poor comments on the Steve Irwin post. Again, I tried my best to find them all, but there is no real way to do this other than clicking through a ton of stories. Please forgive any errors.

Also, the amount of diggs on these comments are accurate at the time of this post. Please check out this digg comments page, its hilarious. - thanks MightyGiant

Top ~11:

1. -713 - on THE Crocodile Man, Steve Irwin, is dead.
"nice, it's about time." by yevkasem
2. -577 - on Alternate iTunes 7 UI? - thanks Flawless
"Congratulations. You have discovered what everyone who has installed iTunes 7 already knows about.

Have a cookie." - by Cander
3. -547 - on THE Crocodile Man, Steve Irwin, is dead.
"Yeah, a sort of invincible like Mario that took a star!" by TapaGeur
4. -526 - on Apple' Letter to Pirate bay... and the reply - thanks hammydude
"Agreed. His replies are not at all clever and not entertaining in the least. The Pirate Bay violates copyright of many corporations and businesses and should be immediately shut down." by i440
5. -482 - on Apple' Letter to Pirate bay... and the reply - thanks hammydude
"You didnt need to digg it." - by KillaBrew
6. -455 - on Very funny picture
"What the hell kind of lazy-ass submission is this? What is this, Fark? Just say what the goddamn picture is, if it is funny people will laugh when they see it. For god's sake!" by devindotcom
7. -453 - on HACKED!
"" by melmyfinger
8. -417 - on THE Crocodile Man, Steve Irwin, is dead.
" horrible as it may seem, for some reason i find this funny.. and i don't know why ?" by oldskewlboy
9. -363 - on Apple' Letter to Pirate bay... and the reply - thanks hammydude
"Here is the whole letter...." by junkmail02
blah blah blah I'm not listing it all out here

-327 - on Senator Ted Stevens Downloads the Entire Internet and Complains It's Slow

You can't DOWNLOAD the entire internet." by xXShadowstormXx
11. -301 - on New Digg v3 Launched
"my opera was auto-refreshing every second .. i bet i was the first here :D" by RBotros

Friday, November 03, 2006

The Most Dugg Comments in Digg History....

....that I could find. I decided to look into this after someone who stumbled onto this site looking for the most dugg comments ever. While I sifted through many stories, I do not claim this list is perfect. If I am missing any please leave them in a comment.

Updated -Top 17:

1. +712 - on THE Crocodile Man, Steve Irwin, is dead.
"I'm shocked. He's tempted death many, many times on TV. I thought he was immune." by tslack

2. +665 - on New Digg v3 Launched
"I have a complaint/annoyance. How hard would it be to structure the page so that it uses up the browser window. Right now, the page is coded for a very specific browser window size. Anything bigger, you get big empty side bars, anything less, you have to use the horizontal scroll bar. Slashdot (for example, not trolling) always fills up the browser window. I'm only browsing with a 19" LCD, I'm sure its even more of a problem/waste for folks with the newer widescreen LCDs." by mwales

3. +651 - on Vote Stephen Colbert, Not Chuck Norris, For Bridge in Hungary! -thanks norbiu
"So which one are you trying to endorse? Your title says "vote stephen not chuck" but then you say "don't let stephen win" - by hagnar
After analyzing the results I come to the conclusion that you're fucking retarded."

+638 - on Microsoft sends congratulation cake to Mozilla
"even their cake probably has bugs in it" by jiminoc

5. +571 - on Its confirmed. Google Buys youtube for $1.6 billion
6. +532 - on eBay building bombed: exclusive im's from worker inside building - thanks ICSU
"A Transformer, eh? I wonder what Megatron and his ilk have against eBay. They must be auctioning energon at amazingly low prices." - by KyleRayner
7. +517 - on Microsoft sends congratulation cake to Mozilla
"It was a nice gesture from the IE7 team. I guess developers don't take these "browser wars" as seriously as the users do." by latova
8. +510 - on Giant bugs in Germany! - thanks spaztech
"I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords." -Signalis
9. +432 - on 25 of the best extensions for Firefox - Have It Your Way! - thanks SamKellett
"Microsoft is paying an infinite number of monkeys to mod down an infinite number of firefox comments." - by crilen007
10. +417 - on AOL busted for spamming DIGG
"this is a comment on digg about a digg submission which links to a digg blog with an article about comments left on digg...

you guys are way too into this whole digg thing" by khag7

11. +415 - on It's Done! One Red Paperclip Guy has got his house.
"How about 'One Read Post'?
Here's my post, now anyone care to Digg me up?" by sanman
12. +413 - on Vote Stephen Colbert, not Chuck Norris, for Bridge in Hungary! - thanks norbiu
"Anyone who doesn't vote for Colbert is a terrorist." - by zeldafan
13. +409 - on 15 year old tries to out drive police at 150MPH! - thanks AWboy666
"For the record, this guy actually GOT AWAY. This was a big issue a few years ago because FOX edited it to make it look like they didn't get away. They actually arrested him a few days later at his home. Note how the "breakdown" footage at 3:42 is exactly the same as when he tries to stop at 2:09?

The BMW got away. BMW FTMFW." - by AWboy666
14. +405 - on eBay Bans Sellers from Using Google Checkout
"So is this the "can't beat them, so ban them!" solution?" by xose
15. +390 - on No, I can't fix your computer! - thanks gwill11
"I can fix it....But I don't want to and I'm sick of people asking me!........That felt better." - by gwill11
16. +368 - on TWIT in on the way out?
"Do Patrick and John even realize that the only reason anyone knows about or cranky geeks is because of TWiT? How many podcasts would be in the dumper if not for the free publicity that TWiT gave them. This even goes for digg. I found out about digg from TWiT as did many others." by FishyJoe

17. +367 - on THE Crocodile Man, Steve Irwin, is dead.
"go fuck yourself and die." by ButtholeSurfer

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The First Digg Story Ever Submitted

I was sifting through today when I decided to attempt to find what the first story ever submitted to was. Come to find out it was CherryOS delayed till Q1 of 2005 which was submitted by 'anonymous'.

I felt a little stupid after looking in the source to find the story id when after I found it, a user commented an easy way to find it. Simply: