Digg Spy 2.0: Overview of New Features

Quick Guide to Digg Spy 2.0

If you love technology and haven’t tried Digg out, now’s the time. Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do. This “free for all” approach to peer reviewed journalism has made Digg a successful competitor to Slashdot, proof of which lies in the number of other newer sites trying to emulate its success.

Today, Digg added a bunch of new design features to Digg Spy, which makes our live as readers easier. For the uninitiated, Digg Spy is a real-time updating page showing the flow of articles as they are dugg or buried. The above shows a screenshot of it, and I’ve marked out the areas which are either new features or important interaction zones:

1) All articles, In Queue or Front Page only
Now you can choose (via tabs) if you want to see all new articles, only fresh ones in the queue, or major stories which have hit Digg’s Front Page. While most of us would leave it on all articles, this might refresh too fast for you to spot the really good stuff. If you want to be on the bleeding edge, try selecting to read the ones fresh in the queue.

2) Play / Pause button
This is a totally essential and easily forgotten feature when things move too fast.

3) Article Update Filters
Now you can also filter by type of articles refreshed. These include:
good Newly submitted/promoted articles
dugg Show dugg stories
buried Show buried stories
comments Show new comments

4) Article Metadata
There is more metadata about the each listed article now. I’ll go column by column:
What? : Shows what kind of update the article received (refer to filters above)
Diggs : Show how many diggs the article’s received (i.e. popularity, relevance)
Story : The article title and URL
Who or Why? : Mostly who posted it, but sometimes shows why it was rejected (i.e. buried)
Where? : Where the article is now, mostly either Front Page or in Queue

Well, hope this little deconstruction is useful for anyone interested in how Digg works. Try the new Digg Spy today!

2 thoughts on “Digg Spy 2.0: Overview of New Features

  1. Really nice breakdown Kevin. It’s cool to see an entire page you’ve designed deconstructed by someone else. If anyone has suggestions for improving the spy (remember we don’t want to make it too complicated) this might be a useful venue to discuss it. Thanks, Daniel

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