Swivel: Data 2.0 vs Digg Users

While checking out Ruby on Rails this week I came across a cool website @ swivel.com. I am an econ buff and the ways in which you can compare data are both amazing and easy, enabling me to waste several hours that I should have been working. After perusing the usual high correlationzero causation I grabbed a fresh copy of Chris Finke’s compiled data on the top 1000 users at Digg, conveniently formatted in CSV for easy upload to swivel. There were some interesting results. I noticed some users I’d never heard of that had dugg quite a few stories and another that had submitted over 5,000 stories only to have 7 hit the front page. The perseverance award goes to rodtrent.

Of course it should come as no surprise that the most popular digg user remains Kevin Rose.

Profile Views by Username

A few other items of interest for digg users can be found here and here. Overall I think swivel is a great tool. My one complaint is that there is no way to make datasets private (and selectively shareable). If you could I would definitely use it for work.

Feedburner: The Easiest Way To Manage A Digg Campaign

I hadn’t checked in to my account at feedburner.com for some time and imagine my surprise when I noticed a new feature that allows you to syndicate your Digg.com account’s activity (or alternately a frequent poster’s activity who you wish to bury). Under the ‘optimize’ tab there is a link splicer option. Link splicer allows you add your recently bookmarked sites from your del.icio.us, furl, bloglines, and Digg.com accounts.

feedburner’s digg.com extensions

All you need to do is add in the digg user’s account name who you wish to promote/bury and instantly you have a way to send daily email to your feed’s subscribers. Let the Ron Paul spam ensue.

Feel free to bury the articles I digg by subscribing to my feed

10 Political Sites That Violate Digg’s TOS

Digg.com’s inclusion of a politics section has given many political sites a springboard to attract a larger audience. For some of these groups the temptation to promote their political advocacy has proven too strong to stop them from violating Digg’s terms of service. The websites listed in this article appear to have crossed the line to varying degrees.

Article 3 Section 9 in Digg’s Terms of Service:

By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree not to use the Services:

9. with the intention of artificially inflating or altering the ‘digg count’, blog count, comments, or any other Digg service, including by way of creating separate user accounts for the purpose of artificially altering Digg’s services; giving or receiving money or other remuneration in exchange for votes; or participating in any other organized effort that in any way artificially alters the results of Digg’s services.

  1. www.freecentury.com
  2. In an effort to make sure that Ron Paul has a permanent place in Digg’s recent front page articles for a long time to come, we are launching the 100,000 Diggs for Ron Paul campaign.

    The purpose is easily explained. We Ron Paul supporters want to get his message out to people who are not too familiar with him, and what he stands for. With the mainstream media ignoring the coming tsunami of Ron Paul support, many people might not hear about Dr. Paul until it is too late.

    Digg this article and have everyone you know Digg it too.

  3. Mises Institute

    I previously explained about Digg.com and how their recent addition of non-technology topics (e.g. Politics, Business & Finance) has opened an opportunity for pro-market/pro-liberty articles to get an airing at this very popular news site.

    Stories are “promoted” to the Digg.com front page by “digging” (voting) for a story. To coordinate efforts to promote free market and libertarian articles I have started a list of libertarian diggers. As I write this I already have 45 people on it. We have once again this morning been successful in promoting an article. In this case, today’s Mises.org Daily Article on inflation and the Fed. Head over to Digg and join the heated discussion about the article, (you will need to set up a free account).

    If you want to join our merry band of libertarian diggers, here are the details…

    E-mail me and send me your Digg Username (you login to Digg with this). I will add you to my list of Friends which is serving as our list of libertarian diggers.

  4. The Ron Paul Report

    4/16/07 Ron Paul Daily Digg

    Read and Digg these articles

  5. http://www.freetalklive.com/

    Digg FTL
    Digg.com is one of the most popular websites on the Internet. With your help, we can advance in their podcast rankings. Please click the button on the left to digg Free Talk Live. If you don’t have one, you will need to create a free account. Remember, you need to come back every two weeks and digg something else on the site like one of our episodes to continue locking in your digg for the podcast.
    digg.freetalklive.com -Direct link to the Free Talk Live page on digg.com news.freetalklive.com – Join the Free Market Diggers and help digg pro-Liberty articles on digg.com!

  6. Ron Paul Grass Roots Action


    This email message is a notification to let you know that
    a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the RonPaulGrassRootsAction

    File : /Digg tips
    Uploaded by : tangent4ronpaul
    Description : Using and networking on Digg for Ron Paul

    You can access this file at the URL

  7. No Governor Anywhere: FreeMarket, Libertarian Minded Blogging

    Ten ways to help Ron Paul online.

    We have to face it, the internet is currently the only place we can get the word out about Ron Paul.

    5. Digg.com: Go register at digg.com and do a search for Ron Paul. We have a double task here. First, read through the articles before you digg them. If you notice something posted twice, only digg the one that has the most so far, and bury the other. This way, people on digg won’t become burnt out by The Ron paul campaign. We can’t be called spammers if we only post one article about a certain topic, and if everyone is digging the same articles, the likelihood that story being on the front page, with the most exposure, increases.

  8. Armitage 2.0

    “Digg Ron Paul sites, stories, videos, and other links.”

  9. World Affairs Board

    For those who want to help make sure Dr. Paul’s message gets out…

    Here’s the most effective and easy way I know:

    – Visit Digg / News

    – Keyword search “Ron Paul”

    – Then “digg” every story that has the word Ron Paul in the headline.

    That’s it!

    This gets him additional attention; I’ve seen it work very well before. It’s already working for Dr. Paul.

    Usually there are around 25 Ron Paul stories on Digg every day. I Digg them about three times a day. What are your thoughts about this approach and about Ron Paul?

  10. Ron Paul Press Hub

    Sunday, May 13th, 2007

    Please digg the following article. If you don’t know what Digg is, read here

  11. disinter “digging up the truth”

    For a brief comparison of Hagel vs Paul votes, go here. Digg the comparison here.

    note: this is one of many articles intended to encourage diggers to promote Ron Paul


I found a few more:

Daily Paul

10 Ways to help Ron Paul Every Day Without Leaving Your Computer
Posted April 2nd, 2007 by manystrom

* Ron Paul

1. Go to digg.com and ‘digg’all of the stories about Ron Paul (also ‘digg’ stories about him on other sites such as www.RonPaul2008.com and LewRockwell.com etc by simply clicking the ‘digg’ button that is on most stories now). Making positive comment on those stories is a big help too. Also see reddit.com


Explains to readers how to resubmit a Ron Paul article by adding a # anchor to the end of the url.

Other sites of interest: