An Open Letter from Reddit Founder to Kevin Rose

Digg founder, Kevin Rose, has published a new video, in which he presents the new features of Digg.

It seems that Digg is going to try to be a mixture of Facebook and Twitter, putting a stronger emphasis on social features and setting aside the content, making it much less meaningful.

Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, wrote an open letter to Rose, saying that the new version of Digg is a bad idea:

…this new version of digg reeks of VC meddling. It’s cobbling together features from more popular sites and departing from the core of digg, which was to “give the power back to the people.”

…It’s a damned shame to see digg just re-implementing features from other websites.

2.5 years ago, I stopped using Digg as a regular user. It has become irrelevant and annoying – the stupid inner-politics, the Bury Brigade, the worshiping of Apple to the point of fanaticism and the angry mob mentality of the comments – all of these and more made Digg a place I didn’t want to be in any more. It was about the time when Mixx was getting some good attention, but that didn’t last, either.

Nowadays, I enjoy Reddit and Hacker News. Sure, they both have their problems and annoyances, but they are still FUN, and they manage to bring interesting stories to the front. Reddit and Hacker News are what Digg was supposed to be – great social news sites for the technology-inclined crowd, featuring interesting content. Digg is no longer that kind of site, and reforming it in the shape of Facebook and Twitter isn’t going to make it more appealing.

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