For the past two months, Digg has been planning a design makeover. Though the main site (digg.com) is still on the older design, the developers have opened the doors to view the newer design of Digg for email subscribers.
To view the newer design of Digg, go to new.digg.com and sign in with your email address and password.
Social Following: There are quite a few things to note regarding the newer design and interface of Digg. First, there is no long list of high dugg articles on the front page. Instead, the front page now shows popular digg profiles, as shown below:
Update: This interface is just an onboarding process for new users. When you login to Digg at a later time, you will see the popular Digg stories upfront.
The user profiles are listed according to categories on the left sidebar and I think Digg has completely mimicked the Twitter philosophy. You can follow certain users by clicking the “Follow” button and when these users digg or comment on any article, they will appear in your Digg’s live news feed. This is similar to Twitter, when someone sends a tweet, the message is displayed in your news feed.
Another neat feature added is the ability to automatically submit latest posts to Digg using any RSS feed. You can simply add your RSS feed to Digg > Settings> Import feeds and add an HTML code to the source of your blog posts and the newer articles will be posted to your Digg profile.
You can connect your Facebook, Twitter and Google accounts to find out which stories your friends are digging or commenting on:
Again, you can choose to follow your Twitter, Facebook and Google Buzz buddies on Digg. Same drill – when your friends digg or comment in any webpage, the link will appear in your Digg’s news feed.
Digging made easy: The newer Digg model makes Digging really fast and easy, all you have to do is enter the URL of the webpage you want to digg in the “Submit a Link” textbox. Then Hit “Digg’ and it’s there, no more adding titles and descriptions, filling up captchas or entering tags or categories.
Again there is a clear resemblance with Twitter, your digged stories are sent to the people who are following you.
Real time Digging: Digg has implemented real time submission of links, this means when you spot a Digg story – you can instantly digg that webpage. No need to fill out tags and other metadata, this system also works with the newer digg buttons. If you have installed the newer digg buttons in your blog or website, the readers of your website can digg your posts without having to leave your site.
Top News: The Top news section brings back the older feel of Digg, the articles which have received the maximum votes appear in your news feed one by one. You can browse the Top News section using categories listed in the left sidebar.
Here is a short video where Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg talks about the changes made to the newer Digg.
Overall, I am really impressed with the changes made to the newer Digg interface. The golden rule of any web application is that it should be freaking fast and Digg has followed this principle lately. The social connection is also very nice – you can instantly cross post links from Digg to your Facebook, Twitter and Google Buzz accounts.
What’s your take on the newer Digg? let us know your thoughts through a comment.