Netscape’s Paid Bookmarkers at a glance

Ousama is currently the second highest ranked user on, and apparently he was the highest for awhile. (He wrote to let me know that he was “the top til yesterday actually at Reddit. I lost the top position for one reason only because I stopped posting on Aug. 1 So Kam took over. But for the record you can check with spez and kn0thing at reddit i have held the number 1 slot the longest ever. Kam only got to the top 1 time before and that was becuase i was on vaction for 2 weeks.”) He never spoke out against Jason’s offer and will probably be an excellent addition to Reddit folks may find it harder to submit stories. Reddit is a basic ‘submit link’ bookmarking site. Some selected comments:

Responding to another user who was approached by Jason link

BioGeek, I remember our early on competition when you were ahead of me, and I slowly went on to become the number 1 poster. I am like you on this situation, I enjoy the reddit community and also feel like the founders care about us. I mean spez and kn0thing are an email away from me if I have any issues.

wayjer came from digg where he was/is ranked 11th out of all digg users. I can tell from his comments that wayjer was a little apprehensive about the new Netscape but he played it cool. Judging from his submissions he prefers to submit real news as opposed to the often glut of webapalooza seen on digg. Should do well on Some comments:

Responding to a by Alex Rudloff link

You (Netscape) have an opportunity here. Anyways I am signed up on your site and I am trying to get into it but I am still strong with Digg, they have changed a bit and there are some things I dont like and some things I do like. I do have to say I like what you did in the short amount of time.

Comment on a story posted at link

Hello I am wayjer, an avid digg user anyways, I just want to drop in my 2 cents, I absolutely can not stand the ads in the center of the page, that is something that would keep me away from here, I can deal with the adds on the right side of the page because I have grown used to it, but in the center of the content is an absolute irritant….Will mess around and comment more.

dirtyfratboy is currently the third highest ranked submitter on He is also probably the most notable digg user after AlbertPancio. Being another digg submitter he should find the transition quite easy. From his posts I can see that he’s a tech guy but dabbles in Videos and other typical-of-the-internet sites.

Repsonding to Jason Calacanis on his blog link

Why and how is it financially possible that I spend so much time on Digg (7 hours a day according to Jason)? Well, I don’t have a job as I am currently a student. Even though “Jason” calculates that 15 minutes is spent on every story submitted, it’s pretty much impossible to find a high amount of quality material by randomly searching through news sites. Sometimes my friends refer me to sites and other times I look through other news sites. Most of my time is spent browsing through sites on Digg, just like everyone else. I certainly don’t work for Digg, but this site does combine technology and headlines news, two of my favorite topics.
As wayjer puts it: “I love the fact that any time I sign on to digg I am amazed about something I had just read.”

In a comment posted on digg in response to a “digg vs. Netscape” story

The “weird” stories that Digg features may not have a thing to do with the state of the world, but they’re interesting. If I just wanted world/breaking news, then I would have no reason to visit Digg. Reuters, AP, etc. cover that stuff. The “average” people already are bombarded by news outlets. I’m actually beginning to see Digg as a kind of refuge where I can hunker down and get my tech news, interesting tidbits, and maybe some *key* reports on the state of the world.

corey.spring is currently, and from what he writes, will continue to be, a huge contributor at Corey is more than a typical ‘social bookmarker’ he is a writer. By picking hot stories and adding his own commentary he has built a good following of fans. It’ll be interesting to see how he shifts from writing articles to just submitting them.

Replying to a post on Calacanis’ blog link

It’s a tempting offer, but it appears the new Netscape has had quite the backlash with the regulars. Having your readers automatically discount your work because you are part of a ‘perceived problem’ is not attractive to most writers online AND off.

On his own post of Jason’s offer to pay top bookmarkers link

Jason Calacanis, head of the new Netscape (which has been ‘peeved’ many of the long time users of the site) has a new solution to turning his website around… buying off the top users of other social news websites.

Whether or not this is addressing the fundamental problem on (users not liking the new site), I think it will take more than a few power users to turn things around before AOL cuts the leash. I don’t know that will be enough to sway many of the angry users of the new, though. But who knows – most people have their price…

Neophile aka Bloodjunkie is currently the second most popular user at He typically submits interesting news stories and his style will fit it really well at Netscape.

Replying to a post on Calacanis’ blog link
It is going to take a lot more than $1000/month to get me to jump ship on digg. I honestly don’t know that you could put a price on it. The people that use digg are where the real value is for me.

Jordon and TomBiro were already employees of Weblogs Inc. an AOL company started by Jason Calacanis.


One Response to “Netscape’s Paid Bookmarkers at a glance”

  1. Corey Spring Says:

    Nice analysis on several of the Navigators

    I’ve gone into more detail about why I chose to take the offer here, but you probably already knew that 😉

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