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Why Stumbleupon is Better Than Digg

I have used various social bookmarking. In my own experience I have had a much better experience with Stumbleupon than Digg. These are some of the reasons I prefer Stumblupon to Digg. I would be interested if people have a similar or different experience.

1. Stumbleupon Rewards the Best Articles

Stumbleupon seems more democratic. You can submit a good article to digg but it can fly off the new section as quickly as you submit it. Generally stumbleupon is better at picking up on good articles. At digg everything counts on the 24 hour window after first submission, and your network of friends. At stumbleupon it seems less important who are your friends and most stumbles I receive are good quality. Spam doesn’t seem a real problem at Stumbleupon.

2. Stumbleupon doesn’t ban the best sites.

Many times I have seen my favourite sites getting ‘banned’ by digg, usually because they are ‘too successful’ Examples that come to mind include Pick The Brain and Copyblogger. (true sites can come off the banned list, but it can take a long time)

3. Stumbleupon has more Positive Pages.

It seems that on Digg stories that do best are the negative ones. See article at We The Change on Digg At times, the negativity can be overwhelming. When browsing the internet, I like to see some positive stories and articles of inspiration.

4. Stumblers Like Stumbleupon

Whenever I goto Digg the top stories seem to be complaining about Digg, which I find completely uninteresting. At Stumbleupon you aren’t bombarded with articles complaining about rigging of Stumbleupon e.t.c.

5. More Diversity of Interests

Stories that do well at Digg tend to be fairly narrowly focused on a small number of aspects. Stumbleupon enables a greater diversity of topics, it is also easier to choose the topics you are interested in. If you like topics like self improvement or minority interests you will find greater coverage at Stumbleupon.

6. Stumbleupon has Beauty

Some stumbleupon blogs are beautiful to visit. e.g. Tutu stumbleupon

7. Stumbleupon gives more traffic.

True digg can give a mad rush, that brings down you server; but overtime I find Stumbleupon gives a bigger traffic boost. Problogger agrees here. Why Stumbleupon sends more traffic than digg

8. Stumbleupon has a better quality of comments.

Stumbleupon comments are usually simple and fairly positive. Reading comments on digg often leave you in a state of despair (Of course, you can go to Digg without reading comments)

9. Stumbleupon seems to attract a greater diversity of web users.

Digg users seem to be focused on young males 18-31. Stumbleupon is more diverse.

10. Stumbleupon is easy to Use

So that’s my experience – Stumbleupon is better than Digg.

Of course, if I get on the home page of Digg I’m quite prepared to completely rewrite this and say what an absolutely marvellous, and inspirational site Digg is…. </sarcasm>

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#1 Todd on 01.24.08 at 11:28 pm

a) THANKS for the link love :)

b) I could NOT agree more…these are all valid points. I especially love “there’s more beauty on SU”. Digg seems to be full of gossipy nonsense, and negative commentary

c) was not aware of problogger’s article, nor did I know that copyblogger and PTB got banned! WOW…

Good work Tejvan,

#2 John on 01.25.08 at 12:21 am

Thanks Tejvan, nice tips—sites like Digg seem to be neatly inaccessible for a beginner these days.

#3 Aaron - Today is that Day on 01.25.08 at 2:06 am

I totally agree. Digg has the merit of brining more traffic IF you hit the front page, but otherwise, Stumbleupon is hands-down the winner!

#4 atropos on 01.26.08 at 12:36 pm

Speaking of which, are having a poll on the about your fav social bookmarking site…SU is trumping Digg…

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#6 Clem Gigliotti Jr on 02.24.08 at 4:45 am

I agree! I have found StumbleUpon to be an invaluable resource. It has helped me to find the Internet to be an even more valuable resource than I had known before. I have made many awesome discoveries…like your article here!

#7 Gizmo on 02.26.08 at 6:51 pm

Digg is a clique that newbies can only dream of getting into. I agree with everything you said. The Dugg articles tend to be based on sensationalism and cover a pretty narrow range of topics. Because of the rigging and who your friends are, it’s not a true reflection of good sites to visit. With SU if you use it to enjoy it, the rewards come naturally and in a myriad of ways.

#8 Matt Barnes on 02.26.08 at 7:00 pm

StumbleUpon beats digg hands down. It is an all round much more user friendly experience.

Besides, I am sooooo banned at digg!

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Digg has its good features too.I use both Stumbleupon and Digg when I search for information.

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#16 Chris Guthrie on 04.10.08 at 2:31 am

I agree with all your points. Nice post :)

And I found you via StumbleUpon too :D

And gave you a thumbs up! Double :D

#17 Ashesh on 09.14.08 at 9:54 am

Absolute true!

In fact just like Chris, I have found your interesting post via Stumble Upon too.

I have just started to start my blog posts on Stumble Upon and amazing traffic. more than 1000 reads, even sometimes.

Am a bit dissatisfied with Digg.