The has a blog post entitled Is Meta Better? where he writes

Let me start with Digg. It is a proven model.  It works. When we funded delicious, Digg was about half the users and traffic of delicious. They are not the same service, but the delicious popular page and Digg are both places you can go see what's "hot" on the Internet. Since that time, Digg has grown to 1.3mm unique visitors a month compared to only 350k for delicious. These are Comscore Media Metrix numbers. Clearly Digg has a more mainstream user experience. Further, Digg's audience has doubled in the past three months, so it's growing fast.

But let's put this in perspective. Digg's reach (UVs) puts it 735th on Media Metrix' top 1000 sites list, between upromise and taleo. So in the grand scheme of things Digg isn't necessarily the next big thing on the Internet.

I find it surprising that even with the clout of Yahoo! behind it, sees such a relatively small amount of unique users a month. I guess this goes back to the 53,651 meme. I often see people at work using and Digg as examples that a feature or idea is sound but it is clear that these services aren't really popular enough to draw such conclusions.

By the way, given that RSS Bandit has seen over 250,000 downloads this year it looks like we'll soon be eligible to be purchased by Yahoo!. If so, I promise we'll be cheaper than . ;)

PS: Before I get any weird mail, the last comment is a joke. RSS Bandit is BSD licensed so you don't need to pay me us money to do anything you like with it.


Monday, June 19, 2006 8:45:36 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I cannot even contemplate imagining a use for delicious. I've approached it at least a dozen times and could not discern any value whatsoever.

BTW, your blog comes up *very* slowly.
Monday, June 19, 2006 8:47:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Well that's true assuming you haven't trademarked the term "RSS Bandit" for the aggregator. If you had, then Yahoo or anyone could do anything they want with the RSS Bandit source code, but they couldn't call it RSS Bandit.

That's why DotNetNuke is trademarked. It prevents someone else from branching DotNetNuke and calling it "DotNetNuke". You can branch it, but you have to call it something else.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006 5:42:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
It seems there is a rather aggressive Web crawler which slows down my site several times a day. Sorry about that, I probably should block it since it doesn't seem to be from any of the major search providers.
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