Digg is a social news website that allows community members to vote Web content up or down by “digging” it. The site allows users to submit, share and vote on content they find interesting, funny, newsworthy or useful. From an SEO or social media perspective, a social sharing site like Digg can get your content noticed, socialized and can send a nice stream of referral traffic. In Digg’s heyday, content reaching its home page often received server-crashing amounts of traffic.
This summer, the Digg brand, Website and pre-existing technologies were rumored to have been purchased by Betaworks for about $500,000. The new owners did a quick 6-week overhaul and relaunched Digg on July 31, 2012. With this relaunch, Betaworks turned Digg back into a start-up and rebuilt its code base and infrastructure from scratch, making it more efficient and affordable to maintain. They are said to have gone back to the basics with a small core team, low budgets and a concentrated interest in the site’s community members and the way they consume news.
So what does all this change mean for avid Digg users? Below, I have complied a list of the best resources that discuss the new Digg and how you can make the most out of the shiny new toy.
- How to Use the New Digg – Digg founder Kevin Rose walks you through this video on how to use the new and improved Digg.
- Digg is Returning with Bigger Images, Human Editors – Mashable writer, @toddwasserman discusses what Digg users can expect from the redesigned site.
- I Can Digg It – Slate technology columnist, Farhad Manjoo compares the new Digg with its predecessor site and gives readers and insight into why the change was necessary.
- The New Digg Arrives Ahead Of Schedule, Features Tight Facebook and Twitter Integration– This article discusses the new Digg and how the site has utilized Facebook and Twitter integrations in its algorithms and what this means for users.
- Digg 2012: We’re Back, Baby – Blogger, @mattbirchler, informs readers about some of the changes that have been made to the new Digg and gives his personal opinion about some of the new additions and features.
How do you feel about the new Digg? Check out our resources and let us know your thoughts.