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Monday, October 02, 2006

Marketer Pays for Diggs

Oh what schemers they are. Website UserSubmitter.com is offering to pay Digg users to digg stories from advertisers. The website charges advertisers $20 to have their stories dugg.

The company paying to sabotage Digg's attempts at a democratic process is hiding behind anonymous registration through company RespectMyPrivacy.com that will hide your identity for a small fee. If these guys feel they have a legitimate business, they should have the courage not to hide behind anonymous registration. Let's see how the Digg community responds to RespectMyPrivacy.com I wouldn't be surprised if some folks crashed their servers by spamming their inbox.

Anyone who enjoys Digg and appreciate their efforts to keep the system open will have an issue with this spamming system. The company is offering a paltry 10 cents per dig, so for most people it isn't worth their keystrokes to participate.

Digg should ban anyone who is found to receive money for digging, and it shouldn't take long for them to figure out who is selling out. Also, an advertisers who participate are risking the ill will of a large number of people, so legit companies will probably stay away. It's a dumb idea that hopefully will pass quickly.

We asked Digg for a comment and will post their response as soon as we hear back.

Found via SearchEngineJournal.

By Matt O'Hern at 12:14 PM | Comments (4)

(4) Thoughts on Marketer Pays for Diggs

You know what's surprising?
The utter lack of attention this bit of news is getting.

In the wake of the circle-digg controversy, one would think that institutionalized gaming where people are now DIRECTLY PROFITING from gaming Digg would get a bigger response.

In fact:
http://www.blogpulse.com/search?query=usersubmitter&image22.x=0&image22.y=0
BlogPulse is only picking up two stories on the issue.

Hit it up on Digg search and the story itself has less than 10 diggs.

An alternate story has 40 diggs, but has fallen off the frontpage
http://digg.com/tech_news/Digg_Black_Market

Makes you wonder why?
Looking forward to the follow up on this one, derek. ;)

Cheers
t @ dji

Comments by Tony : Wednesday, October 04, 2006 at 09:42 AM

It appears the website (http://www.usersubmitter.com) is operating a pay for diggs service, where users get .50 for 3 diggs with another section to solicite diggers. I think that even with the artifical manipulation, most stories that are not dugg by the power users on digg will make the front page, but then again that depends on how large of a network of people willing to cheat they can amass.

Comments by Solomon Rothman : Saturday, December 09, 2006 at 11:35 AM

This has gotten a ton of news of late. Made the front page of digg about a person gaming the site. Turns out that it was a digg competitor conducting the experiment: a competitor that didn't disclose that information in their article.

Comments by Soju : Sunday, March 04, 2007 at 12:06 AM

interesting........=)

Comments by high tech news : Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 01:19 PM

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