For months I have been plagued by my Internet savvy friends’ obsessions with social news sites, in particular Reddit.com and Digg.com. While the two sites differ so greatly in look, feel, style, and membership, they are generally going after the same crowd – those who want to read and share in media on the Internet. A line has been drawn through the crowd though, as users begin to take sides and bicker over which of the two popular sites is best. This fight is not small scale, in fact it has reached a full-blown battle that has spawned hatred between each site’s respective users that has splashed across the Internet.
I am not interested in finding out which site is better. I do not wish to enter the battle and pledge my allegiance. But instead I want to know what exactly they are fighting about. I want to know what is most important in deciding what makes the best social news site. Is it functionality and usefulness? Or is it content and accreditation? Or is it some extreme combination of it all?
From there I want to know why these users partake in all the fighting. Why do they invest so much time in this virtual battle? Is it a sense of community that they have formed that causes them to leave hate notes? Or is it a deeper need to be the best that has them dedicating forums and boards to personal stances, jokes, and comics that detail the war. I am also extremely interested in finding out if switching sides is possible and or if its been done.
This extremely detailed infographic is the perfect testament to just how much time people have invested in understanding the battle for best social news site. It will serve as a great source for my research. In addition to that I plan on posting on both Reddit and Digg asking for user feedback. Also I will conduct interviews with my own obsessed and loyal site friends and see what their experiences have shown. Furthermore I will go to a meetup for each of the sites, hoping to get even more opinions. The battle has begun now I just have to found out what started it.