Digg Alpha 4 Brings Some Cool Toys To The Party
As I mentioned previously, Digg has some hot plans in the works to help you get your content to spread virally.
Digg registration has just closed (temporarily) for the final ramp-up phase of the Digg v4 Alpha testing.
There’s a couple hot features that were just too good not to share and that hold a lot of potential for removing some of my annoyances with the site.
Cool New Feature Number 1:
Find Your Friends on Facebook, Twitter & Google!
Upon signing into the Alpha homepage, the second screen I was presented with asked me if I would like to connect Digg to my three big social accounts.
Now, I should note its obvious there are some bugs to still work out, as I can’t get Twitter to properly connect…
However, it was really nice to find 10 of my Facebook friends easily!
I did notice that business wise, Facebook connection was (currently) of limited use since a lot of people have put their “personal” email address on Facebook but used a domain based address or “disposable” address for Digg so it was unable to find very many. 10 of 1,600 of which 500+ are probably social media people, was surprisingly low.
Cool New Feature Number 2:
Auto-Import Your Blog Feed!
Not having to hand-submit our sites anymore is a great time saver!
This verification process requires us to put our code in a new post that can be read from the RSS feed. It’s a bit of a hassle but essential to protect both us and Digg.
The instructions say “Take the verification key shown and add it to a new post in the RSS feed, (you can delete it later) then click “Verify Now””
Here’s my code: 2032c5f506b4418b043613bc7ed1ee to appease them!
It appears we’re going to set the category of the submission on a per-feed basis. If that’s the case then all of the posts from your blog will go to the same category. This means you can’t put personal development under lifestyle and WordPress under technology selectively if you blog about them both and want to auto submit.
Do you hear the hallelujah in my voice that gone are the days of manual captcha submissions??
(Of course, I may still make use of my Onlywire Digg auto submission yet just for another bookmark on another account, have to give some thought to that… )
Need An Invite?
Now, I mentioned that registration is closed – but I’ve got invite codes!
Many people who already had Digg accounts got invites to test, but there are a lot of newer accounts that have not. If you did not get an invite to check out Digg v4 Alpha give me a shout…but here’s the catch… I’ve only got 4 left!
And of course… as I mentioned in my previous post.. the substantially easier ways to see what your friends have shared on Digg… is still the absolute icing on the cake!
Digg is NOT a social site you can afford to ignore.
Be ready to JUMP and put this to use!
Questions? Thoughts? Comments? Leave them below! I also really appreciate your Diggs, Tweets and Stumbles!
PS: Thanks to Nat for reminding me I hadn’t finished my Technorati validation, had completely slipped my mind which is crazy as much as I read from there! Validation: JXGN4XJS7WA2