have you ever wondered what it really takes for a story submitted to digg to get to the home page? or why a certain story—even a really good, social media friendly story—never got to the home page? i’m frequently asked the question, “hey, my story has [number] of diggs but it still hasn’t been promoted to the home page. any idea what’s wrong?” and, relatively less frequently, I hear someone saying in amazement, “wow, all it took was 29 diggs and that story rocketed to the home page!” i’m always tempted to reply “it’s the algorithm, stupid!”
so here’s your chance to learn more about the algorithm.