Kevin Rose, founder of Digg.com, wrote that the Digg.com algorithm for ranking top stories on the home page and other category pages will be changing. Why? Because of other bloggers beginning to publicize that digg is rigged or at least favors the top 30 or so users (diggers). This notice of an algorithmic change to come to Digg.com has encouraged the top user, p9s50W5k4GUD2c6 to leave Digg with a comment he left here.
To be honest, I feel that this may be a good thing. Changing up the algorithm is a good idea. I know many people in the search community that know the tricks to 'gaming' the Digg system. Kevin Ross, in my opinion, is right in making a change to the system. Of course, this will upset the top Diggers, heck, if my name was removed from one of the fastest growing sites on the web, I may be upset too.
Seriously, read this to get an idea on how the top stories currently get ranked at Digg. Interesting, no?
Digg.com is not the only social Web 2.0 community going through growing pains. Ben at the Search Engine Roundtable, reported that Facebook.com Users Riot Over New Features. Basically, new features that detail the "tracking of friends in users networks" has gone a bit too far in terms of privacy concerns and users are very upset about.
Social networking sites are feeling the pain. User generated content is generated by volunteers. If you upset those volunteers, they can get up and go somewhere else. Will they last?