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Digg bans RSS feed submissions to decrease spam

Digg's unpopular version 4 redesign last summer has put a big damper on the site's traffic, but the Digg team has come around and started to make changes that are helping to bring users back. The latest smart move: banning RSS feed submissions. No longer can every single post from a site be auto-submitted to Digg via RSS. According to Mashable, Digg's product manager, Mike Cieri, just informed...

Digg overhauled again in response to user demands

Digg V4 didn't receive the warmest of welcomes from faithful users when it launched last year. Now, the company is beginning the move to Digg V5 -- another retooling of the site's interface, which it says is based upon users' most requested changes. The new look dumps the category sidebar and search box, and the overall appearance is less cluttered than Digg V4. Digg has also finished importing...

Disconnect: a browser extension that blocks third-party tracking in real time

You may remember a Chrome extension that popped up back in October called Facebook Disconnect, written by a Google engineer named Brian Kennish. Well, he's now parted ways with the big G, and he's got a new extension -- simply called Disconnect. This time around, Kennish isn't just targeting Facebook, but all major collectors of personal browsing data -- like Digg, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo!, and...

Digg now has a staff-picked Breaking News section

Digg has announced that it's adding a Breaking News module to its service. The module can be seen on the right side of the Top News, My News and Upcoming pages on Digg. Right now it shows five stories at a time, with one of them being highlighted as a Hot Story. The new section will also allow Digg to aggregate stories on a particular topic. Unlike the rest of Digg, where users control the...

Digg caught gaming its own system, claims it was just a test

Digg may have had some trouble getting users to like its latest redesign, but a report claims they may have been up to sneakier things in the mean time. One Digg user has taken the time to do some data mining using Digg's API, and he found a whole bunch of dummy accounts that helped get stories onto the fabled Digg front page with almost no activity from real users. The 159 dummy accounts all...

5 great content discovery sites which aren't Digg

Despite what you may have heard in the last two weeks, Digg is not dead. It is, however, a very different service than when it started. What used to be a great place to find interesting links and hilarious commentary has become, for almost all intents and purposes, a Twitter clone. Digg isn't about to shut its doors, but I do get the feeling that regular, loyal Diggers are looking to take their...

Digg exposes its monthly website traffic -- turns out Reddit might be bigger

In a truly epic Reddit thread, kicked off by an infographic from its lead programmer Chris Slowe, it has emerged that Reddit actually serves more page views than Digg. Reddit, with over 300 million page views in August, would seem to dwarf Digg's '200+ million'. Page views aren't everything, though. Reddit's 'forum' style (and lighter format) is conducive to fast, frantic communication --...

New Digg has tons of issues, Kevin Rose responds

Everyone knows that users hate change, so it's no surprise that the new version of Digg has got people up in arms. Despite new user registration for the site going way up since the launch of v.4, people have identified about a dozen separate issues with the new layout, from actual bugs to petty nitpicks. Digg's Kevin Rose addressed them in a new blog post, explaining the reasoning behind some...

New version of Digg released; face-lifted, faster, but is it too little too late?

The new version of Digg, after a couple of months of beta testing, has today been released to the public. If you missed my preview of it back in July, here's the basic gist of new Digg: by virtue of a streamlined UI that requires less clicks, it's faster; you now 'follow' news sources (and friends), which generates a personalised 'My News' page; and... well, that's about it, really. The new...

Screenshot tour: a first look at the new Digg V4 alpha -- smarter, faster, more personalized

I just woke up to find a shiny new Digg 'V4' alpha invite in my email inbox. Squealing with delight I hurried to the new website (you can register your interest there, if you haven't already) and begun the 'upgrade' process. First, it's just like frickin' Twitter. Seriously, the first step, after logging in, is choosing a bunch of Digg accounts to follow. The Wall Street Journal, The...

Strip the fluff from Digg with Chrome extension minimal.digg

I have no idea how long this extension will be around -- has the jury returned a verdict on whether ad-blockers are ethical? -- but for the casual user, minimal.digg is awesome. By removing the fluff, the crust, the non-essential verdigris, minimal.digg gets you to the content faster. In fact, unless you're deeply entrenched in the Digg community, I can't see why you wouldn't use this extension....

Ding dong, Digg's iFrame is dead!

Now that Kevin Rose has stepped up as Digg's CEO, you're going to start seeing some changes around that place. Rose's first decree is the banishment of that obnoxious iFrame around every outgoing link on Digg. Rather than pursuing the iFrame as a way to encourage voting, Digg will focus on improving its browser add-ons for IE, Firefox and Chrome. Rose has also agreed to reinstate all domains...

8 reasons to love furries, and more, on Linkbait Generator

I'm going to file this one under "social commentary", actually. Linkbait Generator is a pretty interesting tool I found over at the always-interesting MakeUseOf. It does one thing, and does it quite well: generate titles for blog posts that will probably get clicks. For some reason, people seem to be obsessed with lists. If you go to Digg's "Popular" page, you are sure to find at least one...

Twitter announces @anywhere, bringing Twitter integration to any site

To kick off his keynote at SXSW, Evan Williams, Twitter's CEO, announced the @anywhere platform. This platform will allow site owners to integrate Twitter information and features directly into their sites. For example, a blog with @anywhere integration would allow a user to hover over the blogger's name to pop up a Twitter box where the user could see if he/she was following the blogger,...

Digg 2.0 almost ready for prime time: faster, less draconian

Late last night in Texas -- at the infamous and indefatigable SXSWi convention -- Digg's CEO Jay Adelson showed the world a new and revamped version of Digg. This overhaul, which has been five years in the making and the primary focus of the Digg team, will elicit a dramatic change in the slow, unwieldy and demagogic nature of the service. Along with the usual Web 2.0-esque streamlining...