The social web has come into its own, become a force to be reckoned with, and has possibly even peaked. But no site tells this story more clearing than the amazing Digg.com. Here’s a look back at the stories which shaped Digg, and by extension, shaped the social web as we know it.
Digg This: 09-f9-11-02-9d-74-e3-5b-d8-41-56-c5-63-56-88-c0 – At a current 45,443 diggs, this became the top story on Digg for 2007. The legendary AACS encryption key put Digg’d Kevin Rose in a bind – on the one hand, he had a takedown notice from the HD-DVD people, and on the other hand, he had over a million angry Digg fans determined that censoring the number would not stand. The result was a revolt. It was beautiful. It was liberating. It shook the Earth with the roar of the social web culture. I bought the Tshirt, and I’ll be telling the grandkids about it.
Ron Paul – Ron Paul. Dr. Ron Paul. His Paulness. Der Paulmeister. The Paularino. The Ronster Paulster. I live across the ocean from the USA, and I still can’t miss the hype. If they elect this guy, he’d better be every bit as good as they say he is. Or is he just the “Snakes on a Plane” of politicians?
The Aqua Teen Hunger Force – I still have no idea what happened. The cartoon itself didn’t live up to the hype. I’ve seen funnier Spongebob Squarepants episodes. The Boston bomb scare seemed like one big viral advertising campaign.
What Digg would have looked like in the 90’s. – Digg culture loves to talk about itself. Of all the parodies of both the 1990’s and Digg, this one was the most hilariously spot-on.
net neutrality – Diggers love to debate it. ISPs who violate it get posted so everyone can hiss and boo at the bad guy. Whatever, it’s the hottest issue on Digg.
The iPhone in a blender. – One iPhone + one blender = the most viral video of the year on Digg. Even more so than “2 girls 1 cup” or the Coke and Mentos fountains. Are they easily amused, or what?
One Million Digg users – Kevin Rose just had to post it and chuckle. Thing is, this happened clear back in March, so what’s Digg’s user base up to now?
South Springfield – This picture never even got submitted to Digg. Why???
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