I opened a prior post about my repackaged Digg feed like this:
I subscribe to Digg’s syndicated feed, although more to keep track of the zeitgeist than for information…
This generated a surprising amount of feedback relating to how valuable a source of information Digg actually is. Rather than offer sweeping generalizations, I’ll provide my reactions to the headlines currently on Digg until I hit one I might actually click through:
An increasingly-obsolete technology has shortcomings.
Another list of apocryphal stories posted in order to get AdWords revenue.
A dubious story about how Microsoft may or may not be stupid which focuses entirely on release strategy and not on any technical issues of the product itself.
I would have thought armed patients would be a regular hazard for paramedics, who are routinely first-responders at shootings.
I probably know all this already.
An image post, but just from the preview I can see that it’s an image of computer text. Do Digg users have any notion of appropriate use of technology?
Wow, that much? Wait—do I have any idea how much CO2 it takes to boil a kettle? And why are we talking about CO2 and not just “energy”? Or at least CO2?
Not a very high standard to reach.
And the target audience for this product is? Is this really the first such product? There was nothing more interesting at CES this year?
I don’t bother with “sneak peaks”.
Meaningless description of something almost certainly of no interest whatsoever to me.
Another image of computer text.
Playing MMORPGs isn’t taking up enough of your life?
If the poster gave any impression of what scale of “tiny” we were talking about I might care.
Shocking that someone running a Linux distribution would want it to go mainstream.
Anti-science, anti-vaccine nitwits are killing people. I’m already familiar with the story.
If true, this will get better coverage from Mac-centric blogs.
Unreleased product reports are sketchy enough; automotive concepts tend to lie very far from reality indeed; an estimated price of an unreleased automotive concept is close to meaningless.
Who the hell is reading Digg to get sports scores?
I’m not that bored.
Digg is not the place to get design advice.
Republicans dislike a charismatic liberal. What a shock.
The headline gave me all the news I needed. Note to self: The Alps are dangerous.
Useless description…and the original URL provided (and the page to which you are redirected by the link I provide above) makes very sketchy use of the
# character. Authors who don’t design their URLs well know they don’t have information worth linking to.
It’s remarkable that the Digg target audience is interested in mushroom spores but would like to learn about them without any of that pesky reading.
Really? Possible click-through.
That’s 30 stories to find one possible click-through. I’m usually able to scan headlines in under two seconds apiece (it’s actually closer to half a second per headline for Digg), and Digg posts around 140 stories each day, so subscribing to the Digg feed costs me about five minutes a day to find less than five stories I’ll actually read, and the vast majority of those will get less than 30 seconds of my attention. (This was the case with the “literacy” story above.) Still, Digg has the lowest signal-to-noise ratio of all my syndicated subscriptions, so I’m always on the verge of leaving it for another zeitgeist-tracking feed.