When I got my first iPod – iPod! – Nano (okay, not the original iPod), I subscribed to Leo Laporte’s “This Week in Technology” podcast and to “Diggnation.” From the latter, I learned about Digg.com. I never got into it, but millions of others did. I did enjoy Digg founder Kevin Rose in the podcasts trying out beers and talking tech. It was cool. Then I had some changes in my life that eliminated much of my commute, and my podcast listening time. Last year, Digg made the news with a much reviled redesign, which turned into a boon for Reddit, which has now eclipsed Digg in relevance. On Thursday, Michael Arrington at TechCrunch noted that Rose was hardly using Digg himself anymore. Well, does mark Zuckerberg really use Facebook that much? I think he has bigger fish to fry than updating his FB status. But then it was reported Friday that Rose had resigned from Digg.He’s moving on, though he notes he is still remaining involved with Digg. If you don’t use Digg or have never heard of Rose, why should you care? The most remarkable aspect of the rise and fall of Digg was that in 2008, Google was close to paying $200 million for the company. I think there’s a lot of phony valuation out there that will lead to a second tech bubble bursting. Until then, when people walk away from real money…wow. But don’t cry for Rose. He’s got money. And Digg had a good ride. Unfortunately, the bigtime money train came and went.

Here’s a video of Digg in better days (I haz a sad):