To start off with, I have to admit that I have never utilized Reddit. I have strictly been a Digg user, but I know others that have used Reddit for quite some time and love it. Having not been submerged in the nerd culture for as long as others, I have only utilized Digg, as my husband is a huge fan/nerd of it, and have not ventured out to other nerd-like avenues.
However, this article: Tech Crunch – Digg vs. Reddit (http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/30/why-is-reddit-all-over-digg-right-now/) states that all of a sudden there are tons of Reddit articles popping up on Digg. And not just a few here and there, more like pages full of nothing but Reddit articles!
What is going on? The new Digg has recently come out, and according to the article, it makes it very easy for articles to make it to the front page. Is Reddit mass submitting their links to Digg to get more hits to their own articles via a competitors site? As hilarious as that is, it’s actually quite genius. I would give a high-five to Reddit if I could, and if that were the case.
Others state that it’s actually Digg subscribers that are doing it to display their irritation over the new version of Digg. I can understand that, as I just logged into the new version this morning and am having great difficulty with it. First it wouldn’t let me follow Kevin Rose (why? Am I not good enough for you Kevin???) and now it won’t let me submit any links. Maybe Reddit is in my future…
Tech Crunch says that they will keep us updated on what they find out, but I’m sure it’s a combination of the two reasons outlined above. Makes for an humorous morning for techies though, when you see Reddit articles plastered on the front page of Digg…lol