Digg is dead to me. It was briefly intriguing in its early, idealistic phase, but it soon got gamed, and the (mainly male) Diggers seems pathologically incapable of taking a nuanced position on anything — a position that is usually reached in error after visiting the target site for a mere few seconds, which leaves them completely oblivious to the wider context a post might have been written in.
Case in point: the digging of a recent post on Ogle Earth on the new satellite imagery showing tunneling near one of Iran’s nuclear sites. Not a single Digger managed to entertain the notion that it is possible to simultaneously hold Iran accountable for a nuclear program outside the scope of international law and also be against invading Iran. Instead, we had a conspiratorial free-for-all as to what the motivation must have been for putting those images on Google Earth. How disappointing.
That said, maybe there is a future for Digg-like sites when it comes to narrow niches, where the participants can be expected to know something of the subject matter at hand. This is what BlinkGeo aims to be for geospatial news. Let’s hope it stays relatively un-gamed, so that it remains useful. I’ve subscribed to the RSS feed.