I have tried to played around with Digg recently as I belief that it is a good method to get traffic into your website. One of my article Top 8 Twitter Applications dugg for 146 times, and it brought a decent boost in traffic. This incident reminds me that it would be a great internet marketing tool for me to promote certain good article I had. Thinking that if I had more friends in Digg, I would actually gotten more duggs.
After that I started adding more friends, and be reminded that you could not add the whole load in a short period of time, I added until the maximum of 1002 friends at one point. But notice that most of them are not mutual friends. I know my goal is to have more mutual friend because I could share a post with non-mutual friend.
From there, I know my goal is to get more fans, so that I could add them and become mutual friends. Rather than waiting for others to add me.
Lucky for me I have registered Digg quite early on 2007(although I see people with account since 2005), but kept it there doing nothing.
If you notice, Digg organized other account friends from most recent active users to the longest non-active users. Then within most active users, users are sorted by their registration date. Being online and active get me more fans because I have the higher ranking.
The only way that is totally under your control is being active and online, while you won’t be able to control registration date.
After getting more friends on digg, you could mix around and help each other to give a good article an extra boost. This takes time and persistent to get friends online who would share the same goal and helping each other.
Remember to add my Digg account, and I am also trying out the same with my stumbleupon account. Stumbleupon account is fairly new and the limitation is at 200 users, it would be harder to get friends.