Why We Won’t, and Don’t Intend to “Kill” Digg

The excitement and interest surrounding Streamy is incredible, and we’re excited to get you involved. A lot of people have been talking about our product, what it is, what it could be, why it will work, and why it won’t. In describing Streamy, one of the foremost comparisons that have been made is with Digg – the submit-and-vote social news site with a large, strong community.

Killing Digg is not our goal. Our goal is to bring you personally relevant news in an engaging, collaborative environment. That is not by any means mutually exclusive to a voting model.

Digg is a high-level social filter, and that’s part of Web 2.0. By social filter, I mean stories are deemed valuable when someone else interacts with them. While Streamy has a fantastic social filter – you can see what your friends are saving, sharing, and talking about – we aggregate many filters. Proof of this concept is the fact that you can read Digg RSS feeds on Streamy.com.

With that in mind, we do intend to kill the dry, boring RSS reader. I’m talking about the inbox-style RSS reader that is not intriguing, not social, and makes little or no attempt at personal relevance. We have created a system that aggregates syndicated content, channels it through your new and existing social networks, and creates a sum that is greater than its parts. Otherwise, as an aggregator, we do not replace tools – we mesh them into a new experience.

Descriptions of Streamy usually involve comparisons to several other websites. I can understand why – it’s easiest to think of something in terms of what you are familiar with, but it is misleading and daunting. We’re not just throwing things together that we think are cool. Really, you’d be surprised to find out how many features we worked on that were ripped back out again. We keep what we see as the best features of several services, because they work well together, and it makes sense.

Even then, our features are not replacements. Does the social aggregator replace the social network? We don’t think so, and we don’t have an interest in replacing proven and useful social tools. Basic services on the Web – messaging, “microblogging”, social networking, reading and writing – really do belong together, and we believe we are creating a sound solution.

More on this soon.

Don

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29 Responses

  1. So it is like a Digg for Friends in a sense?

  2. You took the words right out of my mouth

  3. Great post – I’ve been saying the same thing when people ask me about streamy… That being said, Streamy has now become my first port of call on the web… and not Digg. ><

  4. I love Streamy 🙂

  5. Send me an invitation!

    Robert

  6. Still waiting my invite…:P

  7. […] other Streamy news – the latest post on the official blog by site co-creator Don Mosites advises that they “Won’t, and don’t intend to kill […]

  8. I just started using Streamy but it looks more like “Google Reader for friends” instead of digg.. actually it has nothing to do with digg imo – a totally different experience

  9. […] Looks like somebody else out there is building a next-gen feed aggregator: Streamy.com Beta. “Our goal is to bring you personally relevant news in an engaging, collaborative environment&#… […]

  10. I never thought it was a digg killer because I actually looked at the demo video. I’m excited and am just waiting for an invite.

  11. Well good, I’m glad this was said out front… because it seemed like the Digg community really hated when people mention Streamy and digg-killer in the same sentence. lol And Digg should be friends with Streamy after all.

    Although I did like the mention of RSS reader “-killer”. lol
    I remember using RSS feeders like in my Thunderbird email a while back… It was nice, but kind of bland. Frankly I think Streamy can really breath life back into RSS.

    I am curious, is RSS the only way Streamy feeds in stories? or does it use some other method /or more advanced?

    I just can’t wait to get an invite to Streamy! Hope it wont be too long.

    On a silly side note, Would be interesting if Streamy does well, in a few years Google will be wanting to buy up it. lol Who knows. XD

  12. Yes, the invites are taking a while – been 6 or 7 weeks since I got an email ‘shortly’ – but I guess these folks are busy. Although I visit Digg regularly it’s with little sense of anticipation these days – Streamy looks like it will be much more interesting.

  13. […] o post completo, em inglês, no blog oficial do […]

  14. […] In fact, the developers have already posted a blog entry over at the official Streamy blog that Streamy won’t, and don’t intend to kill Digg. Killing Digg is not our goal. Our goal is to bring you personally relevant news in an engaging, […]

  15. Send me an invitation. Sounds very good , would love to test it !!

  16. […] Link to actual blog post.  […]

  17. […] “With that in mind, we do intend to kill the dry, boring RSS reader. I’m talking about the inbox-style RSS reader that is not intriguing, not social, and makes little or no attempt at personal relevance. We have created a system that aggregates syndicated content, channels it through your new and existing social networks, and creates a sum that is greater than its parts. Otherwise, as an aggregator, we do not replace tools – we mesh them into a new experience.” (Streamy Blog) […]

  18. […] I mentioned its positioning to Digg in my last post, it’s nice to get confirmation from none other than Jonathan Gray himself. There are currently only 2 posts there, but for those […]

  19. i don’t have an invite yet but from what i’ve seen commented here, response are encouraging.

  20. […] developers of Streamy have recently released a blog post stating that they do not intend on killing Digg. That statement is true as many websites have oddly made the comparison of Streamy to Digg. As […]

  21. Would love an invite!

  22. heard all the good things about this new service. and i am still waiting for mah invite… hmm.

  23. Love to give it a spin. Could a Invite?

  24. Common guys don’t forget me 😦 Don’t you want an spanish review? 😛 Cheers!

  25. Send me my invitation pls

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  27. […] One of my favourite websites, that I shockingly haven’t blogged solely about before is Streamy. When the initial buzz about Streamy hit, there was a lot of hoopla about it comparing it to Digg(from TechCrunch of course, which compares everything to Digg, I also find it hard to not use it as a reference point because its so well known). The following week TechCrunch posted a story saying that it was nothing like Digg, and giving a pretty good review of the then features. Streamy for its part, posted a blog entry on their blog about why they don’t intend to kill Digg. […]

  28. […] I have no clue what Steamy.com is yet, (porn site?) but I do know that I’m getting lots of visitors from them. After hitting the front page I found this “Quote” Why We Won’t, and Don’t Intend to “Kill” Digg […]

  29. […] other Streamy news – the latest post on the official blog by site co-creator Don Mosites advises that they “Won’t, and don’t intend to kill […]

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