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(Slash Gear)   After being valued in the hundreds of millions just four years ago, Digg finally sold for the princely sum of $500K, a broken pocketwatch, a rabbit's foot, and a lucky silver dime   (slashgear.com) divider line 146
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2012-07-12 05:49:29 PM
Not even a measly million? How the mighty have fallen.
 
2012-07-12 05:51:00 PM
What is that they did again? Paid users to skew content?
 
2012-07-12 05:57:16 PM
I remember being on Digg long before I discovered Fark. They changed something about the site that I didn't like and I never went back. Or something like that. It's kinda fuzzy because I was drunk a lot back then.
 
2012-07-12 05:57:49 PM

Nadie_AZ: What is that they did again? Paid users to skew content?


I'm kinda curious about that myself. They must have done something... I'm completely out of the loop I guess.
 
2012-07-12 06:00:19 PM
Note to web entrepreneurs:

Sell early, sell often.
 
2012-07-12 06:02:12 PM

Death Eats a Cracker: I remember being on Digg long before I discovered Fark. They changed something about the site that I didn't like and I never went back. Or something like that. It's kinda fuzzy because I was drunk a lot back then.


You sobered up after you came to Fark? You're doing it wrong.
 
2012-07-12 06:02:44 PM

Death Eats a Cracker: I remember being on Digg long before I discovered Fark. They changed something about the site that I didn't like and I never went back. Or something like that. It's kinda fuzzy because I was drunk a lot back then.


See, you should have been here. We've been drunk the whole time.
 
2012-07-12 06:07:23 PM
craziestgadgets.com
 
2012-07-12 06:09:01 PM
What's Digg, the forums section of Pets.com?
 
2012-07-12 06:10:19 PM

Shostie: Note to web entrepreneurs:

Sell early, sell often.


See Also: Groupon
 
2012-07-12 06:10:50 PM
Holy crap, thats a lot of suck
 
2012-07-12 06:10:51 PM
i182.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-12 06:11:20 PM
I don't know how this works. How do they determine it's worth?

For example, what is Fark worth? If I wanted to buy Fark, what would it cost me?

/serious question
 
2012-07-12 06:11:38 PM
Fark is the Vigoda of news aggregation sites. Next to fall: Reddit.
 
2012-07-12 06:11:56 PM
Didn't Fark buy Digg's old source code for the current site layout?
 
2012-07-12 06:12:19 PM
watchesinmovies.info
the buyer
 
2012-07-12 06:12:32 PM
Meanwhile, Discovery buys Revision3 for $30 million
 
2012-07-12 06:13:20 PM

seniorgato: Nadie_AZ: What is that they did again? Paid users to skew content?

I'm kinda curious about that myself. They must have done something... I'm completely out of the loop I guess.


Digg had the completely original and clever idea to have users submit links and other users could vote for or against and comment on them, which was a completely original idea that Kevin Rose thought of all by himself and wasn't based on something similar that some guy in Kentucky did years before. Honest.
 
2012-07-12 06:13:24 PM
"[We've] considered many options of where Digg could go, and frankly many of them could not live up to the reason Digg was invented in the first place - to discover the best stuff on the web. We wanted to find a way to take Digg back to its startup roots." - (entrepreneur in residence) Williams

I think I spotted their first problem.
 
2012-07-12 06:14:02 PM

xsarien: Fark is the Vigoda of news aggregation sites. Next to fall: Reddit.


But then where will the Fat Acceptance people hang out?
 
2012-07-12 06:14:15 PM

buntz: I don't know how this works. How do they determine it's worth?

For example, what is Fark worth? If I wanted to buy Fark, what would it cost me?

/serious question


About $1.50.
 
2012-07-12 06:14:18 PM
Digg pissed off its user base a couple of years ago.

/they didn't get over it
 
2012-07-12 06:14:50 PM

Death Eats a Cracker: I remember being on Digg long before I discovered Fark. They changed something about the site that I didn't like and I never went back. Or something like that. It's kinda fuzzy because I was drunk a lot back then.


I think they had a bad retool a few years back, plus a scandal of some kind. Those killed 90%+ of their traffic.
 
2012-07-12 06:15:05 PM

ultraholland: What's Digg, the forums section of Pets.com?


I thought it was a 'roid hanging off AOL.
 
2012-07-12 06:15:45 PM
So, what was it that they did again?

/Seriously.
 
2012-07-12 06:17:03 PM
A silver dime? Thats worth like eleventy brazillion dollars these days with the inflation of metal prices.
 
2012-07-12 06:17:21 PM
AND I SWEAR TO GOD IF DREW CHANGES THE LAYOUT OF FARK AGAIN THE SAME THING WILL HAPPEN HERE
 
2012-07-12 06:17:24 PM

Death Eats a Cracker: I remember being on Digg long before I discovered Fark. They changed something about the site that I didn't like and I never went back. Or something like that. It's kinda fuzzy because I was drunk a lot back then.


So what you're saying is you never got over it?
 
2012-07-12 06:17:49 PM

Nadie_AZ: Death Eats a Cracker: I remember being on Digg long before I discovered Fark. They changed something about the site that I didn't like and I never went back. Or something like that. It's kinda fuzzy because I was drunk a lot back then.

You sobered up after you came to Fark? You're doing it wrong.


Maybe he found fark after getting a proper level of alcohol tolerance.
 
2012-07-12 06:19:02 PM
rip on it, but whenever I went there randomly in the past year or so I found an interesting link in the first few pages that didn't show up here or other sites I frequent.
 
2012-07-12 06:19:15 PM

El Freak: buntz: I don't know how this works. How do they determine it's worth?

For example, what is Fark worth? If I wanted to buy Fark, what would it cost me?

/serious question

About $1.50 tree fiddy.


Fix'd

i.imgur.com
 
2012-07-12 06:20:15 PM
i50.tinypic.com
 
2012-07-12 06:20:32 PM
"For over years, internet webpages refreshing and checking their hits enjoyed the honor of a triumph - a tumultuous parade. In the procession came articles and pirated music and LOLCats from the conquered inter, together with carts laden with safe-for-work porn and captured audiences. The admin rode in a triumphal chariot, the dazed trolls walking in chains before him. Sometimes his users, robed in white, stood with him in the ad-supported chariot, or wrote the trace humor. A Farker stood behind the admin, holding a golden crown, and whispering in his ear a warning:

That all glory is fleeting."
 
2012-07-12 06:20:52 PM
Wow, Fark is probably worth more than that.
 
2012-07-12 06:21:24 PM
Digg's users didn't get over it.
 
2012-07-12 06:22:13 PM
The $500K number has been debunked.
 
2012-07-12 06:23:11 PM
I think Digg lost a lot of credibility when they did their big 2.0 swticheroo. It was horrid, broke all the RSS capabilities, and was overall just an unpleasant experience.
 
2012-07-12 06:23:59 PM

buntz: I don't know how this works. How do they determine it's worth?

For example, what is Fark worth? If I wanted to buy Fark, what would it cost me?

/serious question


$5 a month for the rest of your life or 1 Brazillion dollars!!!
 
2012-07-12 06:24:18 PM
People got what they paid for.
 
2012-07-12 06:24:45 PM
I never really dug Digg. I couldn't get the tire pump to shoot fast enough.
 
2012-07-12 06:28:09 PM
Eh..they're lucky to get even half a million now. Who goes to Digg?
 
2012-07-12 06:29:04 PM

kd1s: I think Digg lost a lot of credibility when they did their big 2.0 swticheroo. It was horrid, broke all the RSS capabilities, and was overall just an unpleasant experience.


Yep, that's what I remember happening too. Their redesign was more than a cosmetic change over but an actual reworking of the site itself and well, it wasn't done well and it ticked people off. I can remember when Digg was popular, then a couple months later, not so much.

PainInTheASP: I never really dug Digg. I couldn't get the tire pump to shoot fast enough.


+eleventy internets
 
2012-07-12 06:29:28 PM

TheSelphie: Wow, Fark is probably worth more than that.


Just covering digg.com with Google ads would probably net more than that in a year, from people accidentally clicking old bookmarks and links.
 
2012-07-12 06:30:08 PM

Shostie: Note to web entrepreneurs:

Sell early, sell often.


Something to think about:

If someone offers to buy your start-up for $4,000,000, and you sell it, and later it's worth either $400,000,000 or $40--well, guess what? You're still a multimillionaire. You win at money.

If you're going to sell (i.e., it isn't a personal labor of love-type thing), and there's a nice profit being offered, just bloody do it already.
 
2012-07-12 06:31:04 PM

buntz: I don't know how this works. How do they determine it's worth?

For example, what is Fark worth? If I wanted to buy Fark, what would it cost me?

/serious question


About $8 and a candy bar
 
2012-07-12 06:35:13 PM
Valuated? Why not just valued?

That's as annoying as "conversate."


/except for the part about vaulated being an actual word
//don't know what I'm on about
 
2012-07-12 06:36:42 PM
What turned me off from Digg was the users themselves. The controversy was over who was submitting what IIRC. It turned into a whiny biatchfest. My response was "Huh, lookathat. These links are submitted by people. What do you know." The biatching in every comment thread finally got me to stop going.
 
2012-07-12 06:37:08 PM
Hey... memepool.com is active again... and probably worth twice as much.
 
2012-07-12 06:37:38 PM

CaptainCliche:
Fix'd


"Fixed" is the word you're looking for.
 
2012-07-12 06:38:13 PM

Shostie: Note to web entrepreneurs:

Sell early, sell often.


That.

You are not the next Bill Gates, or Mark Zuckerberg. Take the money, always.
 
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