I know that this has nothing whatsoever to do with Web 2.0 or anything like that — apart from possibly illustrating how a guy who used to help people download copyright-infringing music files can become a Hollywood-sized celebrity, complete with airborne scandal — but I couldn’t help noticing that Janus Friis of Skype and Joost fame was discovered recently trying to join the Mile-High Club with his paramour, Christina Knudsen, step-daughter of Bond actor Roger Moore. The ever-tactful and tasteful Nick Carr refers to this as Mr. Friis trying to start a new “peer-to-peer network” with Ms. Knudsen, a line I wish I had come up with. Blogger Pat Phelan, meanwhile, notes that the pair might have consummated their relationship but flight attendants stopped them Joost in time. (hat tip to Luca Filigheddu). Incidentally, the Great Dane’s real name appears to be Janus Friis Degnbol, at least according to the recent statement of settlement in the Kazaa lawsuit (pdf link).
A year ago, Digg had about 200,000 registered users, which means the user base has increased five-fold since then. Some of that could be a result of Digg’s branching out into topics other than just technology, but I still get the impression that the vast majority of what gets submitted to Digg — and certainly what makes it to the front page — is technology-related (I haven’t seen any data, that’s just a hunch). And Pete Cashmore at Mashable takes issue with the one million number too, in a post entitled “Kevin Rose Fan Club Signs Up One Millionth Member.” Louis Gray has some other numbers from other Web 2.0-type services, including StumbleUpon and delicious, both of which have over a million registered users.
The question in my mind is: how much bigger can Digg possibly grow? Could it get to two million users? Maybe. StumbleUpon.com is getting close to that. Could it get to five million or 10 million? I’m not so sure — especially if it continues to be mainly focused on technology, and the user community continues to be dominated by a particular type of fanboy/nerd/hoodlum personality the site has become notorious for fostering. Frantic Industries has a good post about Digg and the million mark here.
I think Digg-style features make sense for all kinds of sites, including things like Dell’s IdeaStorm. But whether the site itself is destined to get much bigger remains an open question. What do you think?