Could Digg Do Something About Crashing Other Websites?
The strangest thing about Digg.com – which sets it apart from all other social networking sites – is how much load it sends to newly popular articles. On Reddit, things crawl slowly up the ladder and get more and more hits along the way. On StumbleUpon, referrals are space out over time, reducing overall load even if sending more hits than Digg. Couldn’t Digg introduce more intermediate steps to deal with this problem? Semi-popular stories pages that also get lots of views?
Take this site for example – taken down three days in a row by making the front page of Digg. Lots of visitors never made it to the site as a result, which benefits neither party: the site loses out on readers while the Diggers lose out on content. Duggmirror can deal with some, but not all of these issues.
This story illustrates the problem rather ironically. It concerns a site named for its pride in scalability that couldn’t stand up to being on the Digg front page in the middle of a busy day!