Digg has announced a new feature called the Newswire that lets you filter stories by number of Diggs and see what is being Dugg in real-time.
When you come to Digg you’ll see Newswire Beta on the top navigation. Click it! You’ll arrive on the Digg Newswire, which gives you the tools to shape the breaking stories on Digg. As stories are submitted, they appear in the “Recent” section within Newswire. As they are Dugg, stories move up in the “Trending” section within Newswire.
The flip side of this is that in addition to seeing how articles perform after you have submitted them, you can filter the Newswire to suit your interests and discover cool articles. You can filter the News feed by topic, media (images, video or text) and the number of Diggs. For instance, you can choose to see stories about entertainment that have been Dugg more than 10 times (so that you know the story’s not a total dud) but less than 50 times, meaning that you can discover interesting content that might have been lost in the shuffle among more popular stories.
The Newswire feed can be customized by focusing search results with the following pieces of information:
- By “Recent” or “Trending” stories
- By type of media, including images, videos or text (or all stories)
- By number of Diggs (“more than” or “less than” a certain number of Diggs)
- By topic, such as business, entertainment, technology, etc.
Over the coming weeks and months the core ideas (rewarding transparency, showing real-time content and activity, increasing visibility of how actions impact story ranking) will be spreading across the rest of Digg.
This new feature could be a positive blip in Digg’s history, or it could just be another update gone unseen. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.