Digg Profile Rankings Completely Deleted

Digg LogoI haven’t seen anyone on the web more loyal to any one website than the Digg community.  Some of the top Digg users spend hours submitting news stories, adding friends, interacting with other Digg users, and digging hundreds and thousands of stories published to the news bookmarking and social network website.  I actually think some of them deserve trophies for the amount of work they put in, but because there are no trophies available, there was the list of the Top Digg users which was taken off the website last week.

What caused the removal of the Top Digg users page?   It was because some web companies were offering top Digg users to accept payment for story submission, thus giving the website a major boost in traffic.  Before, it was just the removal of the Top Digg Users and today, I found out that users will no longer receive a ranking, period.

What this means is that proactive Digg users like the #1 Digg user, digitalgopher may not receive as much attention as he has gotten in the past.  Digitalgopher was recently accredited as being the first user to submit 1,000 stories to make it to the homepage.

Stories make it to the homepage based on how fast user-submitted news stories are voted or dugg past a certain number.  If the story receives a certain number of votes within a certain amount of time, it will be added to the homepage.

Con: I wouldn’t say that there still isn’t an incentive to be proactive on Digg, but it definetely does provide less motivation to become active.
Pro: I still believe that top Digg users will be saught after by advertisers somehow, but it will take an extra amount of time to figure out who they are.  They may have to visit and explore the Digg website a little bit more frequently. But because Digg users are loyal and sometimes not greedy, those companies are sometimes exploited.

Update: Thanks to a comment tip from Kyle on this post, we have learned that TechCrunch founder, Mike Arrington is somehow allegedly involved with top Digg user webtech (Orli Yakuel).  WebTech consistently submits nearly all recent TechCrunch and CrunchNote posts to Digg and since WebTech is a top Digg user, almost all of her submitted articles make it to the Digg.com homepage, thus giving TechCrunch a substantial amount of traffic.   Orli Yakuel is also a co-founder of Go2Web20, who Arrington sponsors.  And the rumor is that Yakuel is Arrington’s ex-girlfriend.  Whether this is true or not, I cannot verify personally.   But I guess the gossip just makes this post more exciting. 

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Digg Profile Rankings Completely Deleted Comments

  1. kyle says:

    i think this will stop marketers from calling the top diggers and wanting to pay them. but, some of the underhanded ”pay for diggs” tricks will still happen…

    for instance, I read today in the comments of techcrunch that the top digg user ”webtech” gets her site mentioned on techcrunch in reward for submiting as many techcrunch stories as she can…


    here is another story about it…


    now that nobody knows who the top diggers are, but they are still powerful, it will be easier for them to exchange their power for money or favors. to stop people like webtech and techcrunch from forcing stories to the frontpage, digg needs to change the friends system….

    btw: i always wondered why there were so many techcrunch stories on digg. now i know.

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