For years, I’ve been a huge Slashdot fan. Slashdot is techie news in a modified blog form.
Slashdot’s slogan says it all: “News for Nerds. Stuff that matters.”
Why Nerds is spelled with a capital “N” is beyond me. We’ll let it pass.
Over the past few months, my allegiance has shifted. Now my favorite techie site is Digg.
As far as I can see, Digg is sloganless.
Slashdot solicits stories from readers (basically references to things published elsewhere), which are perused by editors. So, what is posted is what strikes the editors as interesting.
Digg works differently. Readers still submit stories, but on Digg they’re juried by other readers. Are they good enough? Have they been “dugg?” If a story is approved by enough readers, it is promoted to the home page.
Digg is the product of Kevin Rose, who I remember from The Screen Savers on TechTV. Someone I know, who tried to solicit business from Kevin, described him as a genius. I have no doubt.
Someone must be making a fortune, because this site costs relatively little to mount and the Google ads displayed¹ can be lucrative (I made $3.22 Sunday!).
I find Digg has more stories than Slashdot, and since every story submitted (good or bad) is available, I can always kill time looking at what others have found interesting. Slashdot only lets me see the editor’s choices.
I have become an online news junkie. I can’t get enough. It is an addiction. Digg does a better job feeding this addiction – it’s that simple.
Actually, my addiction goes beyond tech news. I have become a sponge for what’s going on whether it be politics, business, technology. I don’t care. I like a good story. I like to read.
Often, I am upset or disappointed that more isn’t going on… or that websites whose content I enjoy aren’t updated often enough (especially true on weekends).
I don’t know how many more Internet new junkies there are? I can’t be alone.
¹ – In order to check out Google’s ads, I had to turn off Adblock, an amazing extension for my Firefox browser. I see hardly any ads on this PC and never see pop-ups or pop-unders. Never.