How that? Simpel as this: Digg.com is very unstable, slow and the community culture is fucked up.
Therefore: The idea is beatiful, the design is excellent but the execution is very bad. Do you remember Loics article about ideas&execution and Paul Grahams article about start ups?
You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed“¦ What matters is not ideas, but the people who have them. Good people can fix bad ideas, but good ideas can“t save bad people.
I would include not just the owner, i would expand it onto the community, the users.
And Loic said:
I think the idea has clearly no value when you create a company. This is what makes most people afraid of launching their own business, they wait for the idea of the century and never have it ! I had a powerpoint slide showing 50 different ideas of creation. My point is that execution matters much more than the idea itself. Very few people actually execute an idea and execute it well and fast.
The problem Digg.com has: You cant scale that fast as the users are growing. The word to mouth effects are often underestimated – if the werbservice is well started. Today and in the future. In the past you had enough time to develop your service further. This times are gone now.
At first, nearly every one who feels uber-cool and geekish is trying to pull the virtual trigger at you – if you dare to make a mistake, especially if you“re new to the service, but not new to social networking. Insults, flaming and pure hatred are coming your way.. At second, the system has a major flaw. Once you publish a supposedly new link, the chance is quite high that the server does not return correct search results to prevent duplicate posts about the same topic…. In the end, Digg appears to be one of the most capable social networking systems, yet suffers from its under-developped commnuity. If you“re not with them, if you“re not their mainstream, you“re clearly going to get the red card and a „It“s lame content“? reply. Let“s wait for next week to see if I“m still digging in and out 😉
I hope the Digg.com owners arent that stupid to be so blind for aspects of community.