The Digg Effect
While following the trail of bread crumbs that is the blogosphere, I started noticing that many of the stories I was following were becoming very prominent on Digg. I also noticed that many prominent bloggers attributed their blogging success to "being Dugg," and I immediately thought of how quickly a story could rise to prominence on the World Wide Web by being "Slashdotted." The two concepts share much in common, but the initial seed for a Slashdot story must be planted by the powers that be at Slashdot, and there is no way to formally vote on a Slashdot story to make it more popular.
After voting on a number of stories on Digg, I finally decided to post my own. As of this writing, my story has 16 Diggs and is ranked third in popularity out of some 260 "up and coming" stories under the category political opinion, and (based on my observations of the Digg system) it still has over 3 hours to become the most popular up and coming story. Now the question is whether the powers that be at Digg will decide to "make it popular." If they do, then my ISP will have to make sure that I do not become a victim of the Digg effect.