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  • Google Buzz Boosts Sharing On Google Reader By 35 Percent

    Google Buzz Boosts Sharing On Google Reader By 35 Percent

    Social sharing is becoming a big contributor to traffic for many sites. While Facebook and Twitter drive more sharing than any other services, Google is trying to compete with Buzz, which is now part of Gmail but shares links to article and blog posts through Google Reader. Over the past month, according to AddThis, sharing through Google Reader is up 35 percent, with a big jump on February… Read More

  • Win A Mentoring Session With Founders Of Digg, Flickr, Mint, Ning, Slide Or Zynga

    Win A Mentoring Session With Founders Of Digg, Flickr, Mint, Ning, Slide Or Zynga

    Are you a budding Web entrepreneur who would like some pointers or advice from seasoned company founders? MayField Fund and First Round Capital are sponsoring a raffle to give away mentoring sessions with the founders of Digg (Jay Adelson), Flickr (Caterina Fake), Mint (Aaron Patzer), Ning (Gina Bianchini), Slide (Max Levchin), and Zynga (Mark Pincus). The raffle will take place at a… Read More

  • Digg Beyond Digg With New Chrome And Firefox Extensions

    Digg Beyond Digg With New Chrome And Firefox Extensions

    One common complaint about Digg is that you have to visit the site to actually digg anything. Well, unless you use the Digg toolbar, which caused a bit of┬ácontroversy when it launched last year. But last month, Digg announced a new API that made it so developers could finally create apps that would allow for the digging of items outside of Digg.com. And today, the service is eating its… Read More

  • Digg's New Head Of PR Comes Highly Recommended By Pandora

    Digg's New Head Of PR Comes Highly Recommended By Pandora

    It took a little while, but Digg finally has a new head of PR. The company has hired Michele Husak, who previously held the same job at Pandora, the streaming music recommendation engine. According to her LinkedIn profile, she started the job last month, but they’re just announcing it now. Husak takes the official title of Director of PR, which is the same position vacated in November… Read More

  • Digg Takes a Dip In Traffic, Half The Size Of Twitter

    Digg Takes a Dip In Traffic, Half The Size Of Twitter

    For most of this year, Digg was on a roll, racking up more users, adding Facebook Connect, speeding up its site, launching new features like Digg Trends, and hiring key executives. But its latest growth spurt stopped in September, 2009 when it peaked at 32 million unique visitors worldwide, according to comScore. In November, its worldwide visitors were down 15 percent to 27 million, which… Read More

  • Digg's Money Guy Joins High Gear Media Board

    High Gear Media, a publishing company focused on automotive digital media, is having a great year. The Palo Alto, CA-based vertical content startup raised a second round of funding last Summer to the tune of $5.5 million and has been growing like a weed. Today, the company’s announcing that Chas Edwards is joining its board of directors. Edwards is the former Chief Revenue Officer of… Read More

  • As Digg Turns 5, SF Mayor Declares Today "Digg.com Day"

    As Digg Turns 5, SF Mayor Declares Today "Digg.com Day"

    It was exactly five years ago today that Digg went live as a simple site where you could vote on your favorite content from around the web. (Here is our initial profile from over 4 years ago.) They’ve grown a lot since then, to over 40 million monthly visitors and 80 employees, founder Kevin Rose writes today. But perhaps more impressive is that for their fifth birthday, Digg received… Read More

  • Topicfire Sets Hot Coffee News Ablaze In Realtime (And Other Topics Too)

    Topicfire Sets Hot Coffee News Ablaze In Realtime (And Other Topics Too)

    If you’re interested in finding hot news on the web it’s not too hard — provided the topic is technology. Twitter, Tweetmeme, Techmeme, Digg, and the like all offer up a mixture of what’s hot in technology with varying degrees of success. But for other topics, it’s not so easy. That’s why Topicfire was built. Topicfire is what co-founder Ryan Sit calls a… Read More

  • Exclusive: Digg Steals A Google Exec As New VP Product

    Digg has poached Keval Desai away from Google as their new Vice President of Product, we’ve confirmed from the company. Desai’s last day at Google is today. Desai is a long time Google employee, first joining the company in 2003. He’s currently their Director of Product Management and has led development of product/businesses in Google’s advertising business… Read More

  • Digg CEO Adelson: "I Don't Think People Expect To Pay For News Any More"

    Digg CEO Adelson: "I Don't Think People Expect To Pay For News Any More"

    This afternoon Digg CEO Jay Adelson was interviewed on Fox Business News, where he spoke about the future of Digg and the ways it could potentially cooperate with strugging news organizations. During the interview Adelson made a few interesting comments, some of which contrast with News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch’s assertions in an interview conducted earlier today that “people… Read More

  • Reddit Opens Its Homepage To Anyone Willing To Pay (Invites)

    Reddit Opens Its Homepage To Anyone Willing To Pay (Invites)

    In a world where Facebook and Twitter dominate the headlines, it’s easy to forget that other social properties, like Reddit still send a ton of traffic to sites. But they absolutely do, and now you can buy your way into that. Starting today, Reddit is testing out a new closed beta experiment to allow anyone to purchase a sponsored link on Reddit’s homepage. Yes, that means you… Read More

  • A Little Perspective (Digg, Twitter, Facebook)

    A Little Perspective (Digg, Twitter, Facebook)

    It wasn’t all that long ago that Digg captured our collective imagination. In fact, even last year Google thought it was important enough to seriously consider buying Digg, only to back out at the last minute. Digg was the future of news. It was crowdsourced, democratic editorial. The masses decided what was news, not some 50 year old guy in a skyscraper in New York, who secretly hated… Read More

  • Kiersten Hollars Never Actually Joined Digg. She Was Just On Loan From Brad Garlinghouse

    Brad Garlinghouse, a former SVP at Yahoo, joined AOL as President of Internet and Mobile Communications two months ago. And he’s clearly doing a little housekeeping, and forming his own exec team. His first major hire? Kiersten Hollars, a Digg PR exec. Hollars is part of Garlinghouse’s old team at Yahoo, and left the company shortly after Garlinghouse did to take over PR and… Read More

  • Digg Launches Trends Experiment To Expose Better Content

    Digg Launches Trends Experiment To Expose Better Content

    Last week we posted a hazy screenshot of a new Digg voting feature called Digg Trends. It launches today. The new feature shows an upcoming/trending story at the very top of the Digg home page. These are stories that are popular but haven’t yet made the top stories list. Users vote on whether or not they think the story should go to the top. Digg says the goal is to put high activity… Read More

  • Scoopler Digs Up Some Funding, New Features

    Scoopler Digs Up Some Funding, New Features

    Realtime, realtime, realtime — it’s all you seem to hear now with regard to the web. But back in May, it was just emerging as a new trend that looked poised to explode. And one company at the forefront of that was Scoopler, a Y Combinator-backed realtime search engine. Today, being ahead of the curve has paid off, as the service has just raised a seed round of funding from some… Read More

  • Exclusive: New Digg Voting Feature To Launch (Screenshot)

    Exclusive: New Digg Voting Feature To Launch (Screenshot)

    The somewhat blurry image above is, we believe, a new Digg homepage voting feature that will launch in the near future. So what is it? It’s not the “Real Time Digg” relaunch that will integrate data from Twitter and other sources. Instead, we believe it is an experimental feature Digg will try out that encourages users to vote on whether a particular upcoming story should make… Read More

  • Just How Big Is TweetMeme Anyway, And Why Does It Matter?

    There is a lot of chatter about TweetMeme’s rather robust growth to over 18 million unique monthly visitors on Compete.com. That puts them ahead of well known sites like LinkedIn and gmail.com with 15 million and 9 million visitors, respectively, on the service). In fact, Tweetmeme currently sits as the 68th largest site on the Internet, according to Compete. What does TweetMeme do? Read More

  • Where The Monetizable Clicks Are: Digg's New Ads

    Where The Monetizable Clicks Are: Digg's New Ads

    Last week, we wrote about Digg testing a new kind of ad that allowed sponsors to find previously submitted Digg content and and wrap it in their own ad unit. The first such ad just went live for everyone this morning. And it seems like a really great idea. Since I wasn’t able to see the ads before, I wondered if the actual Digg content portion of the ad would link back to the sponsor or… Read More

  • Digg Acquires Kevin Rose Side Project WeFollow

    Digg Acquires Kevin Rose Side Project WeFollow

    Digg founder Kevin Rose launched a side project called WeFollow, a Twitter directory, earlier this year. Twitter users can go to the site and add themselves under a specific category. Without much in the way of marketing, the site has grown to 654,000 Twitter users, all of which went to the site and added themselves. And now, someone with knowledge of the deal tells us, Rose has… Read More

  • Digg Testing A Way To Surface Older Content And Get Paid For It

    Digg Testing A Way To Surface Older Content And Get Paid For It

    Apparently, not only is Digg feeling the need for speed, but it’s feeling the need to make money too. And that’s good because this new idea is rather interesting. Digg is testing a new type of advertisement on its site that basically surfaces old content submitted to Digg that is relevant to certain advertisers. So, as you can see in the example below, if Norton wants to advertise… Read More