On the cover of Wired Magazine this month is a title of a inside story that really got my attention… It said “How to Game Digg”. Come to find out the article was more about gaming all of social networking including reddit (who is owned by the same company that owns wired magazine).
Anyway so there is a new site called Subvert and profit. Now this site says they pay out 50 cents per digg but charge 1$ per digg. This is pretty interesting…. except for 1 thing… Cant digg see the referers? I mean obviously that would tip them off? Sounds like a easy way to get your Digg account banned. Anyway they say they are going to have a referral program soon.
Here are some of my quick thoughts on this.
Idea wise: I think its unique and a service people will use. It will make money.
Ethically: hrmm i dunno. I think spam will still get buried.
Legally: this is a can of worms…. If Fox can sue howard stern for suggestion people vote for the worst singer on American Idol then I would think paying somone to game a system would be illegal and digg could seek damages.
Best of luck to them. At least they are trying something.
BTW if you do not listen to Rush Hour on webmaster radio you should. Neil Patel and Cameron O. always give the latest info on social media.