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  • 01 September, 2010

    New Digg Updates Announced

    On August 31, Digg announced the appointment of new CEO Matt Williams (ex Amazon).  Along with this change, Digg has implemented a number of updates that will be rolling out this week.    According to Kevin Rose at Digg Blog, the new changes will include a number of fixes:
    • An update to the algorhythm stops single user domination on the home page - upgraded to the new v4 platform.
    • Uppercase/lowercase issues are fixed
    • Thumbs icon will be reinstated
    • "My news" will include timestamps
    Upcoming changes will include a return of "upcoming stories" and a ranking of Digg users by interests and digging behaviour.

    The Digg user ranking will be a useful addition as it will make it easier to choose Diggers to follow.  For example, if I am interested in Baseball news, the content and Diggers will be neatly organized for me to view, follow and Digg.

    Suggestions for possible improvements:

    Broader category list - The Digg categories are a little broad and a little vague.  Business/Entertainment/Gaming/Lifestyle/Offbeat/Politics/Science/Sports/Technology/World News

    Many Diggers have reported the experience of constantly submitting to "Offbeat" for lack of a more definitive category.  Offbeat connotes "wacky" and this may not always be appropriate when submitting a serious article with no known category.

    Possible additions to categories:

    marketing
    blogging

    lifestyle
    hobbies
    home/family
    travel
    shopping

    Digg button codes are a different story.  You can add a category embedded in your "digg this!" button choosing from this wider range of categories:
    arts_culture
    autos
    baseball
    basketball
    business_finance
    celebrity
    comedy
    comics_animation
    design
    educational
    environment
    extreme_sports
    food_drink
    football
    gadgets
    gaming_news
    general_sciences
    golf
    hardware
    health
    hockey
    linux_unix
    microsoft
    mods
    motorsport
    movies
    music
    nintendo
    odd_stuff
    olympics
    other_sports
    pc_games
    people
    pets_animals
    playable_web_games
    playstation
    political_opinion
    politics
    programming
    security
    soccer
    software
    space
    tech_news
    television
    tennis
    travel_places
    world_news
    xbox
    The site has integrated a Twitter like "follow" feature and as of right now, the site is working nicely.  Your Diggs are now automatically sent to your followers.  There were a few teething problems during the last hour but the amusing error pages made up for any inconveniences:


    
    

    According to the error messages, it is only around 28% likely this is Matt's fault.  Presumably when Matt takes a larger role, his likelihood of involvement will increase!