5 Things I Learned from Digg in 1 Month

Well, I took the plunge and signed up for Digg a little over a month ago. I was wanting to see what all of the hype about with the social networking sites, and Digg was the first one I signed up for. Part of me was curious about whether there was any benefit to signing up as a site owner, and I can tell you there is some. But more importantly, I was wanting to see what everyone else was sharing. I have found lots of great sites while browsing and searching through the Digg site, and have met several great people too.

The things that I have learned are just my personal observations and my opinions about what I learned. These items are also things that have worked for me and made my experience better. So, if you are new to Digg or just curious, I want to pass along the 5 things that I have found to be helpful and some of the pitfalls to avoid in order to make your Digg experience better.

Some Introductory Terms Explained

There are a few terms that will make it easier for you to understand this article. Nothing to big and fancy, just an explanation of Digg terminology.

To select the “Digg This” icon means that you have “dugg” the article. Just another way of saying you are giving it a vote.
You are a fan if you add someone to your friends list, and they haven’t added you as a friend.
mutual friend
You are mutual friends if both users have selected to add each other to their friends list.
You can shout a message to other users through the digg system, much like private messaging. However, depending upon each users settings, it might not be private!
social network
A community of users that share similar interest

1. Read the Frequently Asked Questions

One of the first things I did was to find the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about Digg. This saved me some time and helped me to avoid some problems and issues that I did eventually find out about. There are a lot of basics that are covered in the FAQ’s, such as how to submit an article, what it means to be a fan versus a mutual friend, what is spamming and how stories are made popular.

I can tell you that there is no “edit” button once you submit an article. If you need to make a change to something, like a mis-spelled word, wrong link or another issue, you do have to email Digg support to have the problem corrected. Trust me, the people of Digg will leave a comment for you on your choice of words and spelling errors!

2. Finding and Adding Friends

There are millions of users on Digg and adding friends is one of the neat aspects of Digg. There are two methods to add friends to your new Digg account. One method is to check out some of the articles that have been made popular and add people that have Dugg that article. This is what I would call “blindly” adding friends. You can do this, but it doesn’t mean that the other person will reciprocate and add you as a friend, and you will become a “fan” of them unless they add you as a mutual friend.

The better way is to find the area of Digg that you are interested in and check out some of the articles in that area. Let’s say that you are interested in the category of “Technology”. Visit the “Technology” area and check out some of the articles. There are also some sub-sections here for topics such as Apple, Design, or Software, just to name a few. Browse around some of the articles and see who submitted the article. Chances are the person that submitted the article will be sharing similar interest and articles in the future. Feel free to add them as a “friend” as it won’t hurt.

This leads to another tip on something you should not do.

3. Shouting your Diggs and spamming

As I have encountered, there are some people that will add you as a friend to their account, only to end up “Shouting” their diggs to you all day. This can be very annoying and can lead to that person being banned from Digg.

Shouting is the messaging system in Digg that allows you to send a “shout” to a friend, or multiple friends. You can use this to promote articles that have been submitted, or to just pass along a message. Not everyone has “shouting” enabled on their account, so keep that in mind. Another issue is that you can control your shout settings, such as if your shouts are seen in public, by friends only, or not at all. Just bear in mind that not everyone has the same settings that you do, so your “private” shout might not be private.

And now for a problem with the shout system in Digg. People will go through the system and add numerous friends to their accounts in a matter of minutes. They then use this new list of “friends” to spam everyone all day about their diggs. Shout spamming is the annoying part of this system.

To shout out your article to everyone is ok in my eyes. But to shout it out several times, begging for people to digg it for you is not. If your new to Digg, keep this in mind. No one wants to get numerous shouts from you about the neat little puppy picture page you found.

Just be respectful of the issue surrounding shout spamming, and you should be fine.

4. Respond to comments on your Diggs

So you have found an article that you are interested in and were the first to submit it. It starts to get some diggs from other users, and maybe even a few comments. Be polite and respond to the comments. If someone blogs about it, especially if it is a digg from a site you run or own, visit their article and leave a comment to. It never hurts and can benefit your credibility as a responsible Digg user.

When you leave a comment, foul language and degrading the article writer or person that initially dugg the article doesn’t do you any good. In fact, in can get you flagged and kicked off of Digg. Just because you don’t like an article or found something not of interest to you doesn’t give you the right to trash the person or use foul language. Plus, it just makes you look childish and immature. Have some tact and respect for others, it will go along way.

5. Have fun

Digg and the other social networking sites can be fun. You can also find lot’s of useful sites by checking out the articles that are posted on them. I know that I have come across some neat sites that I probably would have never found had it not been for someone posting about it on Digg.

I think social networking sites can be a huge help for every person out there as it allows for you to share your favorites with other people that have the same interest. Don’t take it personally if your digg doesn’t become popular, or if you draw some heat for it. Every person is entitled to their own opinions and the community at large will decide the success or failure of your article posting.

In conclusion

I hope you have found this article useful. My Digg experience is still limited but I have enjoyed it tremendously so far. I have caught some heat about a few issues, but have just had my first “digg” go popular. Pretty neat!

What are your thoughts about social networks and Digg?

6 Responses to “5 Things I Learned from Digg in 1 Month”

  1. Wayne Liew says:

    Maybe now I know how I can optimise Digg usage after reading your posts.

    Do you try out other social bookmarking services? I shy away from Digg previously because I don’t actually know the nitty gritty of it and I went to Delicious and Stumble Upon which I find them quite fun to participate.

  2. elliott says:

    I’m glad you liked the post.

    I am also trying out Delicious, Stumble Upon and Technorati. I enjoy Stumble Upon from the aspect that I can select a category and it randomly shows me sites that are of interest to me. Delicious and Technorati I haven’t played around with to much yet, but I would say that I prefer Technorati a little more.

    Yes, they all can be fun to participate in, plus you can meet some great people from around the world and find some really neat sites!

  3. Keely H. says:

    I’ve also been experimenting with social networking sites lately. I find them to be a little intimidating in that they often increase my sense of media overload more so that finding information via search engine or even RSS feeds seems to. All this information that is of interest and yet usually of little import is suddenly at my finger tips and I feel compelled to consume it. Sometimes it seems to me a little analogous to compulsively reading the Encyclopedia Brittanica, and yet I can’t deny its appeal.

    Any advice on not letting social media take over your life, particularly when you are trying to juggle accounts on multiple sites?

  4. elliott says:


    That is a great point! I have found that same issue, trying to go between two or three of the main sites, such as Digg, Technorati, etc. and it can get really overwhelming.

    My favorites right now are Digg and Stumble Upon. I like Digg because it is fairly easy to get around and see what people are submitting right away. For a suggestion on Digg, I would decrease the amount of automatic presentations that Digg makes to you. You can control what you see via your profile settings. I have done this and it has helped reduce the “overload” that you are encountering.

    As for Stumble Upon, I like the fact that I can control what is presented to me, also via the control panel on your settings. I really like the fact that in one click, I can get a new, random site presented to me. I am positive that some of the sites I have seen so far, I would have never found or paid attention to in a search query.

    As for letting it take over your life, I would pick one or two of your favorite sites, and skip the rest for now. Use them to find something that you are interested in, such as politics, gaming, etc. Limit the amount of time you spend online each day also, if it needs to come to that.

    Thanks for the great questions!

  5. Jaden says:

    Thanks, matey. I’ve searched far and wide for info on digg and yours has been the best.

  6. elliott says:

    Thanks Jaden! Glad you found it useful.


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