Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Top 5 Probable Digg Buyers

Rumors are hot about News Corp planning to buy Digg. It’s a rumor right now, how much truth is there, is anybodies guess. This can be a real news and might have been leaked to press as a part of strategy as suggested by Internet Analyst, Henry Blodget,

Settle on basic deal terms and a provisional price, leak details so the market has a couple of days to chew on the idea, see how the stock reacts, neutralize the market’s biggest concern (lawsuits) by announcing a distribution pact with the main guy who might sue you, fix the price, rubber-stamp the press release, and go.

Coming days will tell us how much truth is there. If News Corp cannot buy this then these might be probable buyers for digg.

Microsoft - Microsoft will be the obvious choice because Microsoft is lagging in this Web 2.0 phenomenon. There hasn't been any decent/buzzing service offering by Microsoft in this space. If this comes on board, it will provide them a kick-start, which they are hoping for a while. Microsoft has got all the ingredients the to make this happen.

Yahooo - Yahoo's revenue is not increasing and is losing to Google on many fronts. If yahoo can pull this off it will be their third prize catch after flickr and del.icio.us. Both of these are brilliant applications. Digg will fit well into their service offering.

Time Warner - Time warner group which own Netscape will be other contender. Netscape has launched their portal on digg style but is not popluar as digg is. Netscape recently asked top digg contributors to join and get paid for their contribution. Netscape would definitely like to acquire this.

Google - If nobody can buy digg than Google will definitely try. It will be more of a strategic move, to not to allow Yahoo, Microsoft or News corp to buy this. Google can pull this off.

I can think of only these 5 contenders, what do you think? is there any other company (media) which might be interested in?

3 comments:

Jim said...

I can't see Microsoft buying Digg and it retaining its appeal. Most diggers would move on. Google or Yahoo seem the best fit.

Hiren said...

Very good guesses. The more important thing is who is able to further the cause that Digg espoused and will an Indian version of Digg materialize?

Tarun Gupta said...

I read your blog and thought I could tell you about something else which would be useful for seeing maps and directions in India.

I am writing to tell you about MapmyIndia.com, a free interactive maps and directions portal for all India.

We have recently launched our next generation v2008, whose main focus is to provide meaningful and useful directions from anywhere to anywhere in India. Next time you need to go somewhere unfamiliar, we want you to know you have a reliable and easy option to get directions – MapmyIndia.com!

As a company and individual enthusiasts, we dream only of solving the problem of reliable directions and navigation for India. For your blog specifically, you can map enable it by using our youtube-style embeddable maps, and links to specific searches (of maps, directions, local and eLocation) on MapmyIndia.

Do give us feedback, suggestions, or get involved yourself by mailing me back at tarun@mapmyindia.com or marketing@mapmyindia.com.

And if you find the different services useful, we would be grateful to you for writing and telling your readers about us.

Warm Regards,
Tarun Gupta
The MapmyIndia Team
For directions in India, just search print and go with MapmyIndia.com