[STUDY] How to Predict Story Popularity on Digg

The other evening, I got into a conversation with an older gentleman whose name I have since forgotten. His main complaint is that writing today feels more like “blurbs” formatted for word-skimming Internet users – more like chunks or nuggets and less like hearty, homemade meals. He told me to check out the writer Don DeLillo. I didn’t have time to…

The Truth About Horses on the Internet

“how do you feel” tweeted @horse_ebooks yesterday, quietly. Punctuation, capitalization and context were not necessary. @horse_ebooks – I refuse to identify it by the man behind the screen – knows how to ask this type of sensitive, potentially loaded question to a list of 52,770 Twitter followers and 4,333 Facebook fans. Despite the Internet…

How Long Can Digg Rely Mainly on Facebook?

When Facebook launched frictionless sharing last year, users flipped out. These days, it seems like they’re starting to come around. At least, that’s what Digg would like us to believe.

Digg launched its very own social reader on Facebook in late December 2011. Now, 2 million impressions later, it’s adding new features that it believes…

Digg Meets Frictionless Sharing, Launches Social Reader on Facebook

Today Digg and Facebook are getting close. Real close. Digg is unleashing its new social reader on Facebook. When users turn on social sharing from their Digg accounts, all the stories they read will be frictionlessly shared to their news feed, Timeline and their friends’ news tickers.

This new feature smooshes together your Facebook social graph…

What’s Digg Up To With Its New Social Newsrooms?

Digg has made the beta of Digg Newsrooms available to the public. Newsrooms are topical channels (like Technology, Politics or Entertainment) that use awards as incentives to motivate users to curate them. Users cannot currently create their own newsroom, but Digg says it is “interested in exploring” the option.

Newsrooms display an activity…

Digg’s New Newswire is a Radical Experiment in Social News

Digg, the social news site that was once the darling of tech-loving web users everywhere, has faced a rapid decline in interest as the rest of the Web grew up and it remained relatively slow and impersonal.

Today the site added a big new feature it thinks could help: a highly customizable, real time Newswire. Want to see the freshest videos…

Why I’m Quitting Digg by Donald F. Draper

Guest author Donald Draper is an occasional contributor to ReadWriteWeb.

Recently, I ended a long relationship with Digg.com. And I’m relieved.

For a time, Digg was glorious. For sharing great content, it was the only game in town, and it felt like the future. And whenever outside forces threatened its existence, fears were quickly squashed…