Spikethevote.com Now Owned By Digg.com
You may remember a while ago we made a post about spikethevote and digg fraud where we introduced you to a community site where people would digg each others stories in an attempt to get them on the front page. This service was free, Unlike others, and looked like it worked well as only 20% of the stories you dugg were user submited and the rest were random stories to keep digg off the scent.
Recently spikethevote.com went on sale at an eBay Auction where it was purchased by the winning bidder natsys for a little over $10,000, Who later turned out to be Jim Messenger of Famous Agents and a "friend of digg" who promtly went running to his "friend" digg to hand over the domain, files, images and database of spikethevote.com (this level of crawling makes you sick, Don't it?). If you visit spikethevote.com now you will see a message informing you that the site is now owned by digg and you get redirected to the digg homepage.
Jim messenger then quickly made a blog post where he took the opportunity to gloat about how he had been a good little "friend of digg" and that all the cheaters should "watch out" (anyone got a bucket?).
Now, The fact that Jim gave the site to digg and then made a blog post about it isn't anything unusual. He is a no-mark wanting to get recognision for his real estate site by looking to have done digg a favour. What is surprising though is some of the claims he makes about activities digg might be involved in. Illegal activities.
On his blog Jim claims people shouldn't use systems that cheat digg because, Among other things, "The site might have been started by Digg to gain a list of those intending to scam their network.". He is claiming it is possible that digg are taking money from people for a perfectly legal service, Not doing what they are paid for and then using the information submitted by users against them by banning them from digg. What's that called again? Oh yes, Fraud.
If i was digg i wouldn't take to kindly to the things Jim is claming we might be doing.
If you were a user of sikethevote.com you can still use usersubmitter. They deal in money though, So if you want to get diggs you have to pay, Which also means they pay you for digging.
If diggs only chance of survival is to hope "friends of digg" buy sites for them they will soon find themselves with very few "friends" and a system so easily rigged that it will become a joke. Sites to rig digg are popping up everyday and people seem to have found a sure-fire way of rigging digg by mixing real diggs with random ones.