A good many of AC’s “Sources” are familiar with Digg, the incredibly popular social bookmarking site that allows users to share stories and sites that they…well…dig. If you haven’t visited recently, however, make the trek back and see one of their “Digg Dialoggs”.
The Dialoggs are, in essence, interviews created with the input of Digg users. The list of interviewees has included everyone from Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California. Questions, too, range from the informative to the inane. As with any page on the Internet, you never know what you might see.
For those unfamiliar with Digg, the site isn’t unlike other bookmarking pages such as Delicious, Reddit, and Twitter, in that users share headlines, videos, and images they find sexy, outrageous, funny, or just plain odd. Digg, however, one-ups many of them by giving users a number of options to personalize their pages, as well as having a very professional feel to it. Search carefully, and you’ll likely find a good number of Associated Content articles that have been “Dugg” at one time or another.
In any of the Dialoggs, you may hear questions that, out of thousands of interviews, said celebrity has never been asked. Trent Reznor, for example, had to respond to everything from “Why haven’t you embraced advertising as a business model?” to “What’s the most embarrassing song on your iPod?” Contrary to what you might expect, the second question wasn’t followed by a simple, one-song answer. See the interview for his full responses.
As mentioned above, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also appeared on Digg, answering such questions as “What is your stance on the legalization, cultivation, and regulation of marijuana in the state of California?” and “Does the term ‘Governator’ bother you?” Again, in contrast to what some may think of Gov. Schwarzenegger, he gave some intelligent and thoughtful answers. Granted, not everyone will agree with them, but that’s the case with practically all of these interviews, even the non-political ones.
Speaking of political figures, Digg has also interviewed former Vice President Al Gore, Rep. John Boehner (a.k.a. “Boner”), and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Keep up-to-date with the site, and who knows? We just might see a Digg Dialogg with Pres. Obama! (And love him or hate him, that could be a good thing.)
At times, a Digg Dialogg has even resulted in outrageous comedy, as evidenced by that of Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. The #9 most popular question, with 228 Diggs, was “What historical figure would you most like to fistfight?” Branson’s surprise answer was “Stephen Colbert,” stemming from an incident in which Sir Richard threw a cup of water onto Colbert in response to his mocking remarks. And if you thought it was going to end there, then you’ve obviously never watched The Colbert Report.
With the Dialoggs going as they are, it seems we can only expect more (and possibly better)! If you had the chance to vote on who would appear next, who would that be? Oprah Winfrey? Ozzy Osbourne? Ellen DeGeneres, perhaps? Regardless, Digg’s genius idea will definitely be ongoing, with the help of surfers like you.
As for us sources at Associated Content, we can contribute by participating in Digg as much as possible, and providing our input to these often-fantastic interviews. In turn, the Digg Dialoggs just may give rise to some even greater ideas.
Wouldn’t you like to be in the credits?