Will Digg's implosion change the world?

Post ImageWow, just wow. Digg has imploded. This might seem comical at the moment, but I think May 1st, 2007 may go down in Internet history as a very critical day. Ryan Block has the best recap of what has transpired that I’ve seen:

Brace yourself: there is a revolt underway at Digg. Users are virulently spreading the HD DVD AACS decryption key against Digg’s wishes, with each removed post spawning dozens more in its place. But how did such a loyal userbase as Digg’s so quickly divert its all-consuming energy to defying — even damaging — the company to which it was so loyal?

The rest of his post explains the timeline. Basically it’s like this:

  • Someone posted the HD-DVD decryption key on Digg.
  • The story was removed, and that user was banned.
  • The story was reposted, and removed again.
  • Digg users then flooded the site with stories about the key.

As Ryan says, the web has just witnessed its first “massive, simultaneous revolt.”

When I started writing this post a few minutes ago, digg.com was down. Looks like it is back up now, but for how long? Digg’s founder Kevin Rose had this to say earlier tonight:

We hear you, and effective immediately we won’t delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.

If we lose, then what the hell, at least we died trying.

If there was ever a reason to start realizing the power of the web, this is it. Who cares what happens to Digg…what does this event mean for the web and society in general? I’m not sure how yet, but I think Digg’s implosion might just have changed the world.

Read: Ryan Block

4 thoughts on “Will Digg's implosion change the world?

  1. I was fascinated watching this drama unfold. I rarely read Digg anymore, but after a friend notified me of the situation I found myself checking digg every few minutes!

    One thing I took note of was how rapidly Diggers (who, in general, strike me as one of the most loyal user groups around) turned on the site, and Kevin Rose. It’s also quite unbelievable that a community convinced a company to change their behavior in such a way that the company could now face legal troubles…

    I’m not really sure what to make of the entire thing just yet, but I totally agree with you that more happened that day than a simple little user revolt.

  2. You’re right, it was more than just a little user revolt. And let’s not forget what the whole thing started over – DRM! I really hope this event opens some eyes in government…people want their content free of restrictions. That doesn’t mean they want their content free, they’ll pay good money for good content, but it must be DRM-free.

  3. Digg revolt changed the Internet or even the world? it’s hard to answer that question right now, but I think the answer is yes, partially. The revolt is about playing what you legally bought when, how and where you want. Here are some actions we can …

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