Digg v4 Alpha Brings Two Cool New Features

August 3, 2010 · 36 comments

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Digg v4 Alpha Brings Two Cool New Features

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!

Enjoy!
Kimberly

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

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Mani Viswanathan August 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm

yup this time with V4 it has certainly improved its speed as well as a super design with some useful features which digg could have implemented earlier. Hope it doesn’t disappoint us this time.

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Kimberly Castleberry August 4, 2010 at 7:52 am

Thanks Mani! I agree, there’s lots of things that appear to be moving the right direction here. The question is whether its enough to regain the ground they’ve been losing. I still feel they’re one of the two most essential social bookmarking sites, but I’m finding my preference swayed to stumbleupons ease of use these days.
Kimberly

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Kamal Hasa October 5, 2010 at 6:54 am

2 months on and Digg hasn’t created any wave. I guess Digg has lost it’s effect!

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Nat August 3, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Hey Kimberly ~ would LOVE an invite, if you have any left that is ;-)

This version sounds really exciting, loving that big sites like Digg are finally getting it together and giving us the opportunity to connect all our SM accounts together on their own platform. Really makes sense doesn’t it?

When I was setting up my Technorati account, which you would know is the same code verification process as this, I had a hell of a time. Finally got that sorted though :-)

I may have missed this in your post, but any idea of when they are looking at going live and rolling it out?
Great post ~ Nat

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Kimberly Castleberry August 4, 2010 at 8:05 am

Hey Nat!
Yikes I’d completely forgotten about my Technorati claim. You’re right I had so much fuss with it when I tried it prior I’d shoved it to the back of my mind and forgotten about retrying it! Here’s to taking another kick at it!

It sounds like they’re planning to do an extended slow-rollout by invite. Looks like everyone has 5 codes to share as soon as they get in. How long it will take to reach critical mass, and them to re-open enrollment I’m not sure. I sent you an invite!
Kimberly

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Soren Egstrup August 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

Hi Kim,

Thanks for this information, I have to go onto digg and take a closer look.

I remember, when I stated my blog, many people told me to use digg, but I never could understand why, but with your post here, I have to go back and check.

Soren

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Kimberly Castleberry August 4, 2010 at 8:50 am

Heya Soren!

Digg is one of the top two social bookmarking sites. Its technically speaking a social news site, with popular events, hot topics, hot news trending best there. It allows you to “digg” (thumbs up) or “bury” (thumbs down) content and this allows the cream to come to the top.

Social bookmarking sites can generate a lot of “free” traffic, but they depend on writing really strong headlines. As we learn more and more about what makes a headline captivating we do better and better on these sites.

We also do better when we develop networks of friends there that can help us syndicate across them, like other networks.

For me, Digg and Stumbleupon are an essential part of my gameplay. I dont do nearly enough with either yet, but that is on the increase for me as I get better with understanding what these sites are and how to take care of them.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Justin Dupre August 4, 2010 at 11:30 am

Kim,

What a great new information about Digg! They are sure really stepping up to the game and changing so much that it’s sometimes hard to keep up with the new features. Thanks for sharing, I’m off to read some more of your posts now.

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Melissa McCloud August 4, 2010 at 8:04 pm

first, i have to tell you that the captcha code for me to pot this is “FKUS” lol!!!
now, to digg…i’m on it, but i don’t maximize it and know i need to get on the bandwagon to connect in yet another arena. ok kimberly, i’m gonna be looking for you on digg!

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Holly August 4, 2010 at 9:39 pm

So Much to learn!! Not just myself, but all this social media stuff!! Whew! I am on Digg, but just learning the ropes… Thanks for the info, it’s starting to make more and more sense!!
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Ching Ya August 5, 2010 at 1:41 am

Thanks for sharing the new Digg features, Kim. The auto-submission really made things easier and I don’t have to tell you about the CAPTCHA thingy. :) Can be great for niche blogs where categorization can be fixed earlier. So long for the hassle.

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Khaleef August 5, 2010 at 3:21 am

I never had any success with Digg. I use Onlywire to post my submissions, but when I see the top stories with hundreds of “diggs”, I can’t imagine how my article will ever be seen!

I actually get a lot more exposure from Tip’d and Reddit, even though they are much less popular than Digg.

Any suggestions for gaining attention on Digg?

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Jakes August 5, 2010 at 3:44 am

Hi Kim,
Nice theme..Still in the tweaking process..

I have already read some reviews about the Digg v4 alpha. Only when I read your post, I came to know about the import blog feature. But I really don’t like that verification process ;)

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Sourav August 5, 2010 at 9:34 am

I was impressed by the new Digg’s interface. But I couldn’t connect with my Twitter profile (well, even you had the problem).
About the auto-submission, even though it will save a lot of time for the niche sites, but I think that this feature will be misused a lot.

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Bogdan August 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

I always use digg when trying to fast index a website, however could not connect with the Twitter account either, maybe they’ll solve this issue in the end..

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Tinh August 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm

I am eager to see it out but the feature #2 rocks. Thanks for reminding me about this

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Linda G. Cox August 5, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Thanks Kimberly for sharing! Digg sounds like an awesome resourse to get to know! As I learn and accomplish (I wish it didn’t take so long), I’ll see you on Digg!
~Linda

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Peter Fuller MBA August 6, 2010 at 4:15 am

Hey Kimberly

Lately I have been digging other’s content as a test on how Digg has changed.

I like the idea of the auto feed into Digg, because I find Only Wire fails quite a bit, at least for me.

Thanks for the info.

P.S. I missed you webinar tonight, I have no doubt it went well and I intend on attending next week no matter what.

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stag do August 6, 2010 at 4:52 am

When I was setting up my Technorati account, which you would know is the same code verification process as this, I had a hell of a time. Finally got that sorted though …..

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Cherrie Bautista August 7, 2010 at 3:17 am

Awesome features! I remember getting an invite code. I have to find that! Thanks for sharing, Kim. Very valuable post,Kim!
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Kellie Hosaka August 7, 2010 at 10:50 am

Aloha Kimberly,

Looks like great stuff coming! Thank you for always being so “on top” of it all so we can just listen to what you say!

This looks like it’s going to be a great feature once it’s released. I’ll just wait til you say it’s a must do!! LOL :)

Much aloha,
Kellie :)
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benwaynet August 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I had stopped using dig because the user base had coming SO negative and elitist I was sick of it.
I’ll give the new version a try, now that it will autosubmitt my post. But I think that could quickly become a negative for dig. I think a lot of good post will be lost in the flood of all the garbage.

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Harsh Agrawal August 9, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Some how I’m not sure this auto submit post thing is gng to be how much useful… if you have thousands of followers like Twitter then only its gng to be useful..else :|
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Andy Nathan August 10, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Kim,

Thank you by the way! I received a beta test from Digg a month ago and completely forgot about it until I saw your post. I definitely love the fact that I can connect my Facebook and Twitter accounts to Digg. What really rocks is having an RSS feed going from blog to Digg, because right now I am using social marker on that and this will save me some time.

Andy

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Jacqueline Gates August 11, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Love how you make hard stuff so easy!
Like many commenters here, I’m on Digg but obviously don’t utilize it properly.
That’s about to change – thanks to you!
Bliss-ings, gf!

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Swapnil August 12, 2010 at 11:08 am

I am in the testing and so far it looks really awesome!

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Josh August 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm

“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.”

Isn’t it funny how so many people do that! I use my Facebook account for business and to connect with people I have known for years. I would likely never connect it to my Twitter account.

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Carrie August 17, 2010 at 1:23 pm

The best feature has to be that it connects to other social networking sites, and that you can easily find your friends…makes the user feel more at home!

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Daniel Snyder August 19, 2010 at 2:32 am

Thanks for the tip on submitting a feed for auto submissions! Just went and set it up, working already. Fantastic!

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Hun August 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm

New features are very cool.I love the feature adding RSS Feed

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albh August 24, 2010 at 8:39 am

Thanks, I didn’t know about the “Auto-Import Your Blog Feed” feature. It sure saves time !

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Fraser Hannah March 8, 2011 at 5:15 am

After reading this looks like i am going to have to get my act in gear and have a serious look at Dig. So much to learn, so little time!

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Kimberly Castleberry March 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

I agree Fraser, doesn’t always seem like there’s never enough hours in the day for all the cool stuff we want to play with? Good luck and if you have any questions just shout!
Kimberly

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Jane August 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

OK Digg is catching up too. This is great news. Both the features are cool and are much awaited. Auto submission – wow that’s a great time saver. Thanks for the heads up Kim.

I’d love an invite if you have anything left.

Cheers,
Jane.

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Lewis July 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

The best feature has to be that it connects to other social networking sites, and that you can easily find your friends…makes the user feel more at home!

Nice post keep up the work dude.

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shakil October 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I liked the look of digg v4. The most awaited feature was Blog feed auto importing. Its really cool and time saver.

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