The Digg effect is amazing. I submitted my last post to Digg.com, not to promote this blog (let's face it, The Gospel of Tallin isn't really something that most people would care about), but to inform people of what happened. I figured it was important information that should at least be put out there and then dissected in public discussion. I thought I had a pretty good shot at getting enough diggs to make it to Digg's homepage. I had a better shot than I thought. The post made the homepage in under 30 minutes, and 3 hours later it had 602 diggs and 143 comments. In the same period of time, my own blog had been viewed 10,006 times. Right now, my blog has been viewed over 37,000 times.
Not to play them down, WordPress also made it possible to draw even more hits to my blog. I hit number one on the Top Posts Today section in the dashboard, and number 1 on the Hot Blogs Today list on the WordPress homepage (ahead of Scobleizer, amazingly).
I think what amazes me most is the anger of some of the people who have commented. They just seem to be like the type of people who are always on the attack, and anyone who may doesn't have their "technical expertise" is below them. Granted, most people are extremely helpful, recommending alternative ways to download, providing their own stories, etc. It's just those few pricks that piss me off a bit. They attack me because I act as if I'm surprised it's illegal to download/upload copyrighted content. To answer that one, I knew it was illegal. Read the original blog. Not once do I actually complain about what happened. I'm simply informing. I felt I should let people know what is going on, which is why I submitted this to Digg.
I have been referred to as a "newb" or "noob" more times than I can count because I wasn't using PeerGuardian. Well, I was. Apparently it didn't work. Others tore me apart for using torrents in the first place. No attempt to use constructive criticism from these people. They almost seem ashamed that I, or anybody else who doesn't use private FTPs, private trackers, etc., share the same Internet they do. I had been going along using torrents for years without any problems. I probably should have adapted my downloading habits at some point, but I didn't. Live and learn.
One guy attacked me for submitting my own blog to Digg. Considering this particular story was to be found nowhere else on the Internet, I had to submit my own blog, as it contained the story and the scans. This guy obviously wasn't the top of his class.
It seems some people are just sad individuals who are angry at the world. I'm glad my own outlook isn't like that. Maybe they'll change one day. Doubtful, but it could happen.
Another thing that amazes me is the amount of people who think this is a story planted by HBO in order to scare off others who may attempt to download/upload their copyrighted content. One guy even thinks the scanned letters are just scanned folded paper with text that was overlayed using a program like Photoshop. All I can say is… wow.
One site that linked to my blog said it was a site that tries to determine what is popular on the Internet. In a joking manner I told my friend Kenny that "I'm popular on the Internet." Kenny shot right back with, "That's kind of like saying 'my mom thinks I'm cool.'" He is so right.