Kevin Rose has stepped down from Digg, he confirmed Friday evening via Twitter.
"Wow, tons of questions - I'll confine advising Digg/ on the board of directors, & taping Diggnation (as I have been since [CEO Matt Williams] joined)," Rose tweeted.
TechCrunch's Michael Arrington originally broke the story. According to Arrington, Rose is leaving Digg to focus on a new startup he's founded. In fact, Rose is closing out a $1 million funding round for the new company.
Rose founded Digg in 2004. However, the last year wasn't exactly smooth sailing for the company. Former CEO Jay Adelson left Digg in April after he and Rose had a falling out, Arrington said. Rose took over the post briefly, until former Amazon exec Matt Williams was hired as Digg's new chief.
But Digg's issues have been more than managerial.At its peak, the link-sharing site had more than 40 million unique monthly visitors. In August, Digg rolled out the somewhat controversial version 4 update. The redesign was intended to curb the overwhelming authority of the dominant power users, but it was immediately hit with bugs and delays, as well as the disdain of some long-time users.
Reddit, the social news site, reported that it's been experiencing tremendous growth in 2010. This last December, the site served 829 million pageviews, serving 44.1 trillion bytes from it's 119 servers, up around 230% since the beginning of the year. There's no doubt that Digg, which used to hold up the fort with 200 million pageviews back this summer, is partly responsible, since its failed revamp led to drops in its viewership and job cuts at the company. Reddit also announced that they will be doing votes for best of 2010, such as submission of the year and comment of the year.
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Hey, wanna get in on the new Digg before it’s rolled out to the general public? Well, we’ve got 1,000 invites. All you need to do is click that image above, and you’re in (well, if you click it before 1,000 other people do!) We’ve been testing the new Digg site for a couple of months now, and they’ve made tremendous strides from the days of old. You’ll be able to follow us and the stories that we are publishing, and the things you end up liking get pushed to your friends on the site. Definitely a cool way to discover new stories. Let us know in the comments how you like it!
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Hot on the heels of our Lenovo A63 giveaway, we’ve got another great Lenovo desktop to give away. This time, we are giving away a brand new Lenovo A70z all-in-one desktop PC. This giveaway contest will last through July 16, so just a few days, so you you’ll want to act quickly to enter. Before we get to the details on entering, here are the specs on the Lenovo A70z PC:
- 2.94 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
- 2GB RAM
- 300GB hard drive
- 19-inch 16x10 widescreen display
- Windows 7 Professional
So, how do you win? You just need to add us as a friend on Digg, and let us know about it on Twitter!
Here’s how to enter:
- Create a free Digg account, if you don’t already have one
- Head to Gear Live’s Digg page and add us as a friend
- Follow the Gear Live Twitter account
- On Twitter, post this tweet about our contest: “Hey @gearlive hook me up with that Lenovo A70z! http://gear.lv/e-lenovo-a70z” (Click here to tweet this now)
Head on over to the Gear Live Facebook page, “Like” the page, and leave a comment on our wall about the contest. This will earn you a second entry into the contest.
Again, you can choose to do one, or both—if you do both, you are entered into the contest twice! Unfortunately, this one is only open to residents of the US and Canada, since the product is zoned for North America. We will be announcing a winner on July 17, so you’ve gotta enter by July 16 11:59 PDT to qualify. We are one of many sites giving away the A70z, so hit the break for a list of others where you can get the same opportunity.
Here’s another quiz to help you
find your age, at least in terms of the Internet. After answering a series of questions that concern your activities on and off the Web, the site will analyze your Internet Age. Some of us cannot even remember B.I. (Before Internet,) much less what year we started playing around with it, but our result came pretty close to what we think is our I.A.
Note that if you are aware of sites that you never use, i.e. digg or Google, your score will reflect that and they will suggest that you frequent them. The results of the answers will assist the Orange folk in coming up with a safe module for use in schools and you might win a gift for your efforts.
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Another amateur has proven the point that anyone can be discovered on YouTube. Kina Grannis created the “Digg Song” and became an almost instant viral success, so much so that a record company has been in touch with her. Although others have been discovered from the Net, this is the first one that concerns Digg. Perhaps other enterprising musicians will manage to create similar content. How about revamping that old Bread song, “I Want To
Google With You.”
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We know that many of you are closet and frustrated digg fans who just want to get those numbers in the high digit range. Instructables’ thydzik has an answer. The DIY digg-me Shirt helps you create your own electronic counting apparel. Created with the digg-me button, instructions are given step by step, and when your project is complete, we suggest you wear it to the mall and see just how many diggs you get. Let us know and if your tee is a success, we may make some, too.
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Alright peeps, time for the obligatory support request from our fans and viewers. We are asking everyone who enjoys our show, The Bleeding Edge to vote for us on Digg. You see, they have a new Podcast Directory, and you are able to both Digg the show as well as Digg individual episodes to show us which ones are your favorites. If you have a Digg account, please head on over and give us a vote. If you don’t, go ahead and create one - they’re free after all! Thanks in advance ladies and gents.
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Hey guys - so, in preparation for the holiday rush, with CES following afterwards, we have upgraded our server configuration. We are now hoping to stress-test the hell out of it to make sure all is well. This is where you guys come in.
We recently posted our video featuring the launch day of Nintendo Wii, which you can check out here. The video is linked to on Digg, and we are asking all of you to Digg it if you enjoy the video. If we make it to the front page of Digg, we can monitor what the huge traffic spike does to the servers, and can then adjust accordingly. Are you in?
If so, please head on over to Digg, and Digg this.
So, watch the video, and if you like it, Digg it. It will help us out more than you know, and have us fully prepared for CES 2007.
Thanks again everyone!