Digg digs its own grave, sold off for parts

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DiggToday comes news that once-influential social network Digg is basically being sold off in parts to several entities: the Washington Post (its staff), professional social networking site LinkedIn (for its patents), and a company called Betaworks (for the domain name, data, and whatever else is left).

While Digg made some dubious decisions, it still seems like quite a way to go out for what used to be a more noteworthy social network circa the mid-to-late-2000s. At least among geeks, anyway; the general public probably were more enamored of MySpace/Facebook. And even among geeks, Digg’s often-criticized changes in the late 2000s plus the rise of Reddit probably helped it dig its own grave…

CNN has more on this as well, including a brief summary of Digg’s history. Betaworks, apparently, is the company behind the link-shortener bit.ly.

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