Leah Culver pownces on Digg

by Mathew on September 24, 2007 · 1 comment

I realize that the headline on this post will make no sense whatsoever to 99 per cent of the population, but I’m not about to let that stop me :-) It appears that Leah Culver of Pownce took a shot at the folks behind Digg over a new social-networking feature that she suggests was copied from Pownce — and to add insult to injury, she used a Digg post to do it.

665437087_4e09a2b1d4.jpgWhat makes this story so odd, as Valleywag and TechCrunch point out, is that Leah is part of (or was part of) the Digg inner circle, and helped create Pownce with Digg founder Kevin Rose. She also reportedly used to be in a relationship with Daniel Burka, a (Canadian) UI designer who has worked on both Digg and Pownce. I realize that all of this strays into the Perez Hilton, celebrity-gossip end of the spectrum, but I still find it fascinating. Was it an inside joke? A 3 a.m. post that shouldn’t have been published?

More importantly for fans of Digg and Pownce, does this imply that there is tension between Kevin and Digg co-founder Jay Adelson? The picture Leah refers to in the Digg post (which I assume was a screenshot of the feature she mentions) has vanished from Flickr, which implies that she may have changed her mind — or been talked into taking it down. As we all know, however, nothing on the Internet is ever really gone.

  • Anon

    It should be noted that Leah is known to hit the bottle a little hard at times and since it was submitted at 3am, maybe she didn’t really mean for that to happen. But then again Pownce was _her_ project, Kevin just jumped onboard later on (marketing?) and still works on digg full time while she does Pownce full time. I can understand where her frustration comes into play.

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