GNC-2006-12-19 #226

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Digg Podcast Section Broken!

The new Podcast feature that was added to Digg is not working for a large number of podcasts. I have tried for about a hour today without success to get my podcast added to Digg and the site keeps coming back with “You have entered the URL for an Invalid Feed”

Looking at Feedvalidator.org my podcast feed at http://www.geeknewscentral.com/podcast.xml is fully valid with no errors.

It’s to bad that Digg did not test this, it works for some feeds and not others. Completely unsatisfactory for a site that is as popular and as high caliber as Digg.

 

Big time Posting FRAUD by a TOP Digg Poster

I suppose this was bound to happen but it appears some top Digg users are being paid off. To make it worse some are being PAID by PR firm to put postings on Digg?

Jason Calacanis reports this on his blog

“A PR/marketing firm confirmed with me that they had a number of the top 50 users on digg now on the payroll–and this wasn’t a totally insignificant firm.”

Folks this really stinks to high heaven, and just goes to prove that anyone can be bought off. It’s one thing to post a Digg entry because you think something is worthy, it is quite another to post a Digg article having been paid to do it and use your current rank as a Top Digg users to manipulate the system. [Jason Calacanis]

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A Top 50 Digg User stops Digging and Starts Blogging!

TechsI asked in this Blog a few days ago why the Top Digg users don’t start blogging versus digging. These writers are obviously very talented in finding great content. Well today I received an e-mail from a Top 50 Digg user and he for now at least is going to Blog versus Digg his decision was partly due to my original post.

In response I have added his blog to my daily read list, if he really wants to kick it up a notch launch a new blog and recruit a team of top digg users post to and share the spoils. Count me in as a subscriber if they do. Heck I would pay to get access to a blog that the top diggers were actively posting to.

The price to get started is as close to zero as one can get. If they work together it could be a very powerful thing! [hemphill81.blogspot.com]

Top Digg users should focus on their own Blogs

DiggTop Digg users are crying like kids having the car keys taken away over the algorithm changes that were put in place recently at Digg. Over the past couple of years I have probably submitted a dozen stories to Digg their with varying results but the question is why beyond ego would I care if I became a top digger? Those that spend a lot of time digging stories are not getting paid. I quit helping other people get rich a long time ago. The only thing they are getting is bragging rights.

If those top diggers would focus there efforts in putting that information on their own blogs I would be inclined to subscribe to those top diggers blogs and grace them with hit counts. I am always looking for good stories to link to. These folks obviously have a talent to finding good stories so their is no doubt in my mind that they would make good bloggers.

But instead for the last couple of days they have been crying about how they have been screwed over and how Kevin Rose is not participating in the discussion. At least they took that to their own blogs. [themulife.com]