Sunday, November 26, 2006

diggdot.us is now called doggdot.us

(update: here's the story on d*gg)

diggdot.us has been around for exactly a year. I put it together one day because I found myself hitting d*gg.com, del.icio.us/popular and slashdot.org many times a day and was tired of seeing duplicate stories. I put the site up on frozenbear.com, and the next day it showed up on d*gg.com and the top of del.icio.us/popular. Nothing fancy at all. I'm sure most of d*gg's readers could write the same site in a day. But it seemed to strike a chord as many other geeks out there were going through the same daily rotation of those three sites. The site has a small following and we've tried to do our part to add to the community of geeks sharing and talking about tech news.

Fun times. Seems pretty harmless. We're promoting the source sites. I don't think there is much confusion surrounding my website. It's not affiliated with any of the source sites and I think that's pretty clear to our audience.

Fast forward one year (a few weeks ago). We get a cease & desist letter from d*gg's lawyers. We're not the only ones. A few other d*gg community sites (diggcard.com, digggames.com, digg2phone.com) have received the same letter and have shut down. It sucks seeing those other sites shut down. There are probably a few hundred more cease & desist letters in transit to other d*gg community sites right now.

Back when digggames shut down, Kevin Rose posted :
We don't want to shut anyone down (not even the clone sites), all we ask is that you avoid using the name 'digg' in your website names/domains. We're looking to see if we have any other options.

I tried contacting him (I couldn't find his address and tried going through d*gg's feedback address) to see how he's doing on those other options. No luck; I received no response from him or d*gg.

So, best of luck to the hundreds of domains that have "digg" in their names. A lot of people have put in a lot of time to enhance the d*gg community by creating these sites. Some will just go away. Others, like mine, will change their name and see if that keeps d*gg's lawyers content. In the end, I don't know what it will do to d*gg's community of fans and developer-fans. It's left a bad taste in my mouth.

In any case, feel free to read some tech news at the freshly named doggdot.us.

76 Comments:

Blogger Paul Williams said...

This is ridiculous. I'll no longer be receiving the Digg feeds from doggdot.us.

9:13 PM  
Blogger reverendtimothy said...

What a crock of shit.

I'm a huge fan of diggdot.us and check it daily at work (helps pass the time :-P).

Well done for the rename and not just taking it down. Cheers. :-)

9:39 PM  
Blogger oscabat said...

Diggdot.us is better than digg anyway. I'm with reverendtimothy - thanks for not taking down the site.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Ultimad said...

Now that they got famous and probably on the verge of being taken-over by some big fat organization, this legal action could be result of some stupid condition from fatty Org.

Thanks for not letting us dowm and saving our time to browse all those three sites for good stories.

1:16 AM  
Blogger DwardoX said...

i like the new name choice, because they did make a dog of a choice.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Ninjamonk said...

well, I have had the same problems when I tried to contact digg about diggcard.

D*gg puts out this hip image of themselves being friendly etc but there is no contacting them. The company is not massive and I am sure an email sent gets in but they seem to completely blanking anyone who has a digg domain name related issue. They never bothered replying to my email asking for permission to continue the service under a different name.

I can't wait to the day I meet Kevin Rose in person :p

9:35 AM  
Blogger MrDez said...

The very name of the site, diggdot.us, is a PARODY of digg, slashdot, and delicious, and ergo is a noninfringing use. Stick that in digg's lawyers pipes and let them smoke it. Bring back the diggdot domain please.

Cheers.

And thanks for the all the goodness.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Chris Radcliff said...

That sucks, guys. Well, I'll continue to visit the site daily no matter what the name is, and whether you include d*gg or not.

1:44 PM  
Blogger The Blogger said...

Well I think you've got a great idea here. All we need now is an RSS feed!

3:13 PM  
Blogger dBpr said...

I support you! Thanks for the great work.

8:29 PM  
Blogger owencarlo said...

that would be like apple shutting down domain names with apple in their name. thats truely gay... bummer hombre, but thanks for keepin your great site up, i check it multiple times a day

8:31 PM  
Blogger t11s said...

They could have offered you a license...

9:15 PM  
Blogger LarryM said...

Too bad you don't have the money to fight them.

This would make a good test case, this is happening too much in those fat tubes out there.

I visit both sites, diggdot.us offers more than digg does.

It could be all that beer they are drinking, maybe got a bad bottle.

7:28 PM  
Blogger stevepoland said...

In response to owencarlo's comment:

Apple isn't going after domains with apple in the name, but they have been trying to to the word 'pod'.

Lame.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Dorai said...

That really sucks. Not the new name, but the need to change it.

diggdot.us was my home page. It will continue to be.

Do you think that they will not come after you for syndicating the content?

All the best with the new name. You guys do a great job and you will not lose us just because of your name change.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Stace said...

Man, that removing duplicates thing would be nice, though.

1:17 PM  
Blogger bauchi said...

hi doggdotus you have a small problem


http://doggdot.us/ isn't working but it's the url i get when add this great feed to my google start page...

9:00 AM  
Blogger Hawk said...

I don't care, as long as the site's still up. Funny though.

9:25 AM  
Blogger shijith said...

hey man, whatever the name, I'll still be coming to your site daily, keep up the good work
-shijith, a reader from delhi, india

11:14 PM  
Blogger Leech said...

Ya.. D*gg sucks.. They forget the principles. And now they are more a commercial website than a community geek collaborative news site.

Thanks god doggdot.us is alive to extract the only good stuff of digg (the content).

11:22 AM  
Blogger astronautje said...

i love doogdot.u a lot more than d*gg,

but it would be nice if it would look a little nicer, a little more web 2.0 we read about every day?

maybe a contest for all the devellopers out there, it has to remain fast, and beautiful!

maybe something in Flash?

1:08 PM  
Blogger mackinaw said...

wankers...(digg, not dog!)

5:51 AM  
Blogger Devadutta D Ghat said...

I guess thats the reason why you link to the bookmark page rather than the parent page like you did earlier..
I came along to ask you guys to make it work as it was earlier.. but It seems that now you are facing some legal issues..

In case there is none, please revert to the original style of linking to the parent instead of the bookmarked d*gg page.

Thanks.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Elan said...

Hey, as per the last comment, is there any reason why the links in the RSS feed now point to the digg/reddit/delicious page instead of the page they link to? This really sucks, I would love it if it were back the other way. Many thanks, elan

9:35 AM  
Blogger Elan said...

Can you at least comment on the change of linking policy and whether it's here to stay?

1:20 PM  
Blogger WendyP said...

OK, so they serve YOU a cease and desist order - yet blatantly ignore any of said same orders served against their own site?

Totally flipping hypocritical.

6:56 PM  
Blogger rony said...

nice work...but y not include reddit too??

11:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Scrace said...

Not that I don't sympathise, but I think the reason for this is that if you have a trademark you must actively defend it or risk losing it. This is a requirement of holding trademarks; if you allow people to use things that you have registered then your trademark may be rescinded.

It's an unfortunate situation, but I think there's probably more to this than 'Digg sucks'.

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Blogger ido said...

good thing apple hasn't done this (other wise you couldnt use the word apple..)

5:13 AM  
Blogger Travis said...

your digg links appear to be broken

1:20 PM  
Blogger dotwaffle said...

I guess doggdot.us is down for good then? :(

4:14 AM  
Blogger GLMeece said...

I guess doggdot.us is no longer on-line? I can weed through Digg myself, and can scan Slashdot easily enough. However, delicious is way to hard to find something decent, so I really leaned on doggdot. Very sad to see it just fade into the sunset. :-(

1:09 PM  
Blogger Tim Littlemore said...

I was sad to see doggdot.us vanish. To scratch an itch, I've created nerdnews.tjl2.com

It's very raw at the moment - the data from the feeds is there, but the style is almost non-existant! I'll be updating the CSS and adding some more features over the coming weeks.

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