Kevin Rose leaves Digg, working on new startup

Things haven't been well at Digg for a while now. They've gone through a couple new CEOs and one disastrous site re-design over the last 12 months and now, according to Mike Arrington, at least, the social bookmarking site has lost its talisman.

In a post on TechCrunch, Arrington informed the world that his sources claim Kevin Rose has already left the company and is currently working on a new startup. 

The current issues at Digg are a far cry from the exciting days of 2004 when Rose first launched the site. At the time people hadn't seen anything like it and user numbers skyrocketed. The huge success of Digg meant Google came knocking, with a proposed takeover deal almost complete before the plug was pulled. The deal would have valued the fledgling site at around $200,000,000.

Recent times have brought trouble to the offices of Digg. Matt Williams has taken over but Digg's fortunes haven't improved. With Twitter, Facebook, and just about everyone else now eating Digg's lunch, it's debatable whether the once world-conquering social bookmarking site has a role to play in the future of the web.

Speaking of the future; what next for Rose?

Mike Arrington believes the entrepreneur is close to closing  $1m worth of financing for a new startup, though little is known of the new company at this time. Could the new company be another crack at Digg or has the success of another Rose company, Revision 3, left the internet's darling keen on a more multimedia approach to making money?

Whatever Kevin Rose is working on, we can't wait to see it. 

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All it really shows is the guy got lucky, unfortunately he didn't really know what to do after that, nobody did. All we ended up with was ads and pointless hero worship of people who had done way too many posts. When you go to a site as a normal reader and are confronted by posts all about some pointless individual going through hero worship then you get bored. I dont think he had any bad intentions, hope he made some cash in the end.

Yup I left Digg for Reddit too and havent been back. I stopped watching Diggnation and the whole REV3 site. Wish I knew about Reddit long before Digg. But Reddit is great! The Digg redesign killed it for me.

swarrior216 said,
Yup I left Digg for Reddit too and havent been back. I stopped watching Diggnation and the whole REV3 site. Wish I knew about Reddit long before Digg. But Reddit is great! The Digg redesign killed it for me.

You know Revision3 and Digg are seperate companies, with different investors, management and staff - right?

Rev3 are really pushing new media, some of their shows are not so good but they shouldn't be dismissed because of Digg.

I also quit Digg for Reddit. Therefore, I quit watching Diggnation and all of Rev3 videos too. It's sad really, I used to be a huge fan. On the positive side, I found a lot more time to develop my business. So for that, I thank all the devs responsible for the Digg abomination of a redesign.

I still *CANNOT* handle sponsors being placed in with user submitted content to make it look like real content. That **** ****es me off to no end and every single time I think about making Digg a regular visit, I see the sponsored ads intermixed, and close the site. They started this BEFORE the relaunch too, so I was already looking for alternatives, and then the relaunch was the final nail in the coffin for me.

bad redesign poor moderation and management made the place turn into a dump nobody wants to use and they haven't really changed much so good hopefully they close up shop soon.

I'm afraid that the redesign did it for me as well. I was a very regular reader / poster on Digg but the redesign was dreadful, and the new model for advertising, etc was awful. I think I've been back twice in the last 12 months!

Whatever Kevin Rose is working on, I can't wait to see it fail like everything else he's independently worked on lately.

Minifig said,
Whatever Kevin Rose is working on, I can't wait to see it fail like everything else he's independently worked on lately.

Are really that self centered that you like people to fail and watch? You're pathetic.

After several hundred people in Digg's beta told him not to change Digg, and he didn't listen.. He also made another website which was promptly shut down because no one use it.. I think it's fair to say he's on a losing streak.

Minifig said,
After several hundred people in Digg's beta told him not to change Digg, and he didn't listen.. He also made another website which was promptly shut down because no one use it.. I think it's fair to say he's on a losing streak.

I don't see why that's any reason to hope he fails. Digg WAS a brilliant site, the centre of social news on the internet. If he does something equally good this time, then we all win.

I didn't start visiting Digg until I heard they had a "horrendous" redesign. I couldn't find an original pic of the site before, so I don't know what it looked like before.
I don't mind the current design, it's simple and shows me interesting news topics on the front page, which is all I want.
Why is it so bad now?

It turned into a glorified RSS feeder with websites paying for top spot on the front page when it used to be community driven.

The content on reddit is OK but the design is a big joke. It looks like a kid drawing all over a white piece of paper

I used to lurk Digg very frequently but the redesign just ruined it for me

XeonBuilder said,

Dont u like the ****ty new format on G4? Like Attack of "the ****" show?? Tech TV was the best. This G4 **** is just that ****!

I miss the screen savers too. Great show. I do have to say that the first couple of "Systm" episodes was great. Had a lot of potential. But like Digg, Rose gave up on it just a little too early.

TechTV was always on at my house. Call for Help (Cat Schwartz *sigh*) and The Screen Savers (Sarah Lane *sigh*) were the $h!t. I learned so much about computers and I was going to night school for computer networking and I can't even begin to tell you how helpful and informative those shows were!

After TechTV and G4 merged, I kept watching until The Screen Savers was replaced by that abomination Attack of the Show. Now all I have is Tekzilla, lol (Veronica Belmont *sigh*).

srprimeaux said,

TechTV was always on at my house. Call for Help (Cat Schwartz *sigh*) and The Screen Savers (Sarah Lane *sigh*) were the $h!t. I learned so much about computers and I was going to night school for computer networking and I can't even begin to tell you how helpful and informative those shows were!

After TechTV and G4 merged, I kept watching until The Screen Savers was replaced by that abomination Attack of the Show. Now all I have is Tekzilla, lol (Veronica Belmont *sigh*).

Much the same here. The Screen Savers and Call for Help were don't miss TV. Then in Canada we got Call for Help 2.0 with Leo when the original got whacked, then it became The Lab with Leo Laporte, then cancelled.

And then I cancelled G4 as that was the only reason I still watched. Although Morgan Webb on Xplay was decent too, if a bit snotty.

srprimeaux said,

TechTV was always on at my house. Call for Help (Cat Schwartz *sigh*) and The Screen Savers (Sarah Lane *sigh*) were the $h!t. I learned so much about computers and I was going to night school for computer networking and I can't even begin to tell you how helpful and informative those shows were!

After TechTV and G4 merged, I kept watching until The Screen Savers was replaced by that abomination Attack of the Show. Now all I have is Tekzilla, lol (Veronica Belmont *sigh*).

Sarah Lane is one of the most annoying TV personality I have ever seen. I love Leo's iPad today show, but Sarah Lane makes it unwatchable. Having said that, the other girl he has working for him "Lisa Bettany!" OMG. she should replace Sarah Lane.

I used to visit Digg at least 20 or so times a day....until the new design after that I switched to reddit (which I now visit about 20 times a day)

Rudy said,
I used to visit Digg at least 20 or so times a day....until the new design after that I switched to reddit (which I now visit about 20 times a day)

I absolutely HATE reddit's layout with a passion.

The Laughing Man said,

I absolutely HATE reddit's layout with a passion.
While the design isn't everything the content on reddit has significantly improved too and the content on digg is all junk now

I think the problem with Digg is that there is a LOT of extreme liberals that patrol the site and just bash on Repubicans. It's just a turn off because other than that you get stupid email spam style pictures showing up every day in your top 10.

ccoltmanm said,
I think the problem with Digg is that there is a LOT of extreme liberals that patrol the site and just bash on Repubicans.

Digg was jam-packed with trolls from both ends of the political spectrum.

ccoltmanm said,
I think the problem with Digg is that there is a LOT of extreme liberals that patrol the site and just bash on Repubicans. It's just a turn off because other than that you get stupid email spam style pictures showing up every day in your top 10.

Don't go to reddit then. It's all liberals who hate Fox News.

BrentMH said,

Don't go to reddit then. It's all liberals who hate Fox News.

I'd describe myself as a Conservative but Fox News is just appalling, back to the topic, yeh it looks like Digg is going down

medium_pimpin said,
Who didn't see that coming? After their POS redesign, I went to reddit and never looked back.

o hai there redittor! upvote for you.

medium_pimpin said,
Who didn't see that coming? After their POS redesign, I went to reddit and never looked back.

I went over to reddit before the redesign, however that redesign didn't inspire me to go back. I also stopped watching diggnation/tekzilla et al on Rev3. It was the same boring crap every week. Tekzilla was very badly done. Poor research and poor advice. Patrick just started to grate as well, he was better in the DL.TV days (being English I didn't get to see all that TechTV stuff so can't comment on that). The only consistently good show on Rev3 was Burt Monroy. Sad really cos it has a great deal of potential.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
I tried Reddit. It sucks too. Now I don't bother with any social bookmarking outside Facebook.

!!!!
You think Facebook is better than Reddit? Even new Digg is better than Facebook.

medium_pimpin said,
Who didn't see that coming? After their POS redesign, I went to reddit and never looked back.

I visit both Reddit and Digg. When Digg 4 came out, the Reddit fans accused Digg of being hard to find good content (specifically news). Now, if you go on the Reddit homepage it is dominated by 4Chan style threads.

It's not a bad thing - it's a fun website. But unless you customise the feck out of it, it's hard to find all that much quality news.... which was why people left Digg for it in the first place.

tuckeratlarge said,

I went over to reddit before the redesign, however that redesign didn't inspire me to go back. I also stopped watching diggnation/tekzilla et al on Rev3. It was the same boring crap every week. Tekzilla was very badly done. Poor research and poor advice. Patrick just started to grate as well

+1

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
I tried Reddit. It sucks too. Now I don't bother with any social bookmarking outside Facebook.

I really am liking diigo, its social bookmarking but more on the bookmarking side and less on the social.