The rise of "Made For Digg" websites

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Ethan Kaplan recently proposed a new term, Made for Digg (MFD), which is similar to Made for AdSense (MFA). For those of you that don’t know what a MFA website is, it is basically a website that has a sole purpose of getting people to click on AdSense ads. In a similar manner, MFD describes websites that are specifically built for Digg bait. Ethan describes these sites as containing nothing more than funny images found around the web that are put into one place. There are even websites that I consistently see on Digg’s homepage that always seem to have very Digg-oriented content that I would also put in the MFD category. I’ve seen a lot of these lately but I come across more funny images websites or even webpages more on StumbleUpon than I do on Digg.
In general there is a difference between the content found on Digg and StumbleUpon. A lot of this has to do with the way these communities are each setup and the way they deliver content. Digg seems to be a mix of news articles, tutorials, and sensationalist pieces like top ten lists. StumbleUpon on the other hand seems to have a lot more of the “one funny image” type pages than Digg, which is fine because it suits the whole “stumble” across new sites to kill time model better than it suits the democractic news model that Digg has become famous for.
Back on point though, this definitely seems to be a new trend. So, what does everyone think, is it a bad thing or a good thing?

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Cameron Olthuis

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