Digg the Runaway Favorite News Submission Site

Apparently despite all of its apparent flaws, people still love Digg.

A while back I started a poll asking people to vote on their favorite news submission sites. When I put the poll together I figured that the final results would be relatively close, but that when all was said and done people would select Digg more than any other news submission site.

While I was correct in my assumption that more people would pick Digg, I definitely overestimated the number of people that I thought would pick some of the other news submission sites.

According to the poll, 59% of people listed Digg as their favorite news submission site, 12% listed Reddit, 12% listed “other” and less than 10% chose Netscape, Shoutwire and StumbleUpon.

This seems to make plenty of sense – Digg’s been around the longest, has the most users, gets the most traffic and it probably won’t be long before the term “digg” is listed in the dictionary as a verb, much like “google” is.  These items, in addition to an easy to use, eye-pleasing interface, make it hard to not dig Digg.

The one feature that Digg doesn’t have – that Reddit does – is a “recommended articles” feature that essentially shows you articles that you might be interested based on what you have previously Dugg.  For many Reddit users, it’s this feature that keeps them coming back, so if Digg were to incorporate this it seems to me that it would completely dominate the Web 2.0 news submission genre. 

And to be perfectly honest, despite the several articles I’ve written regarding how I think Digg needs to be changed – it got my vote, too.

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  1. Although Digg has its flaws, it has the numbers. Not only that, it’s interface is clean and easy to use (Reddit is very confusing and hard to read while Netscape is cluttered and actually slows my browser right down).

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  1. coRank says:

    Digg the Runaway Favorite News Submission Site

    According to the poll, 59% of people listed Digg as their favorite news submission site, 12% listed Reddit, 12% listed “other” and less than 10% chose Netscape, Shoutwire and StumbleUpon.