Digg Hits 750,000 Sock Puppets

Digg recently announced that they passed the 1,000,000 Mark for number of registered users. But as Michael Arrington points out, everyone who uses Digg is spamming it by creating multiple “sock puppet” accounts:

“Congratulations to Digg, which announced that they’ve had a million accounts registered at the site (at least ten of which are mine).

More than 10 are his, and 10 belong to every other “white hat” who passively games Digg. How many serious spammers have more than 5 thousand accounts with bots creating real looking histories? More than a few!

For more on the story, I went to Digg Headquarters to get a photo of a random group of Active Diggers:

Top Diggers

So, congrats (I guess) on getting 1 million registered users. But it would be a hell of a lot more impressive if you told me you had 250,000 verified accounts – accounts that we knew tracked back to unique individuals. And no, verification emails to a freemail account don’t really count.

;)

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10 Responses to “Digg Hits 750,000 Sock Puppets”

  1. keemo says:

    Just absolutely hilarious :D

  2. matt sandy says:

    I remember one time I had “everyone at work” register one, and then digg a story, needless to say a few sites got banned (the domain for the email adresses, the domain being dugg, and another). I wonder if these users included banned users?

  3. ROIGuy says:

    What’s the going rate to get a couple thousand sock puppets digging a story, anyway?

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  6. QuadsZilla says:

    couple thousand sock puppets with no history is running about $300. But black hats have moved on to much better ways to spam digg.

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