As you have heard, the DiggBar is now considered evil. Steven Hodson has a great rant, where the first paragraph is priceless:

Like most things, we seem to be travelling back in time to pick out the worst shit possible, give it a nifty Web 2.0 type name and then release it upon the world proclaiming it as great stuff. Case in point is social media services like Digg and Facebook bringing back the black plague of iframe software toolbars.

Yes, framing content seems to be back in style due to the URL shorteners and the features that they are adding. Some of the URL shorteners are fighting back because the DiggBar does not “do things right”. BurnURL has stated what the right way is:

One of the changes we recently put live was to remove the Sharebar when we detected the user-agents of Google, Yahoo, MSN and Ask (these four account for the largest portions of search traffic).  These crawlers don’t need to see the Sharebar (as they’re not going to interact wtih it), so we don’t need to serve it to them.  Instead we feed them a 301 redirect.  This tells them the URL that was burned is the original content owner and it should be listed in the index on that topic.  Our shortened URL effectively gets ignored.

Granted, I think this is a good thing, and all framing concepts should use this. The biggest complaints I have heard about the DiggBar is that they “steal traffic” and it is an SEO killer. The DiggBar does display a blog’s content, so I am not sure where people feel they are losing traffic from the DiggBar. It definitely makes traffic from Digg easier to track as there is now one short URL. The SEO killer part is also somewhat humorous. If Digg wants to own Google, they likely will. If you look for something resembling the keywords from your blog post, some of the top results are probably from Digg already. We, the lowly blog owners, are the underdog in that fight. You may be able to surpass Digg if you get enough links and the required PageRank, but you automatically start out way behind Digg.

The biggest issue I have with framing is that it can affect the design and layout of your site. Granted most web designers will laugh at my remark as foolish and ameteur, but most people do not know how to create a truly fluid and resizable layout. Most blogs are dependent upon the theme that they have installed for their blog platform of choice.

Otherwise, I do not care whether users appear with the DiggBar or the BurnURL bar or whatever framing thing they have. I still get traffic in the end, and that is what most people want. So, if you want to use the DiggBar, and other sites are complaining, feel free to come over here. I would welcome the traffic.

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