Digg is now back in the search results after Google explained what happened. Matt Cutts from Google explains it had to do with a spammer attack:
“We were tackling a spammer and inadvertently took action on the root page of digg.com.”
He also stresses this has nothing to with Google Reader, which was suggested on Social Media since Digg announced it would build their own version of it.
He also said:
“we’ll be looking into what protections or process improvements would make this less likely to happen in the future.”
The official response from Google is:
“We’re sorry about the inconvenience this morning to people trying to search for Digg. In the process of removing a spammy link on Digg.com, we inadvertently applied the webspam action to the whole site. We’re correcting this, and the fix should be deployed shortly.”
There was a time when Digg.com was the hottest site on the web. Even hotter than Google, believe it or not. Those times have passed and its founder, Kevin Rose, has actually jumped ship to Google.
But still Digg is a force to reckon with. Quantcast last year estimated Digg’s monthly U.S. unique visits at 3.8 million, and that is US only. And a lot of that traffic still comes through Google.
Today however Digg disappeared from Google from a short time. Matt Sawyer of Datadial tweeted out earlier today that the site seems to have disappeared from Google. And he seems to be right. It had (more…)