Wednesday, September 26, 2007

How to make friends and Digg people

Digg has launched new features based on social networking and allowing users to establish an identity. Do I hear you say "Not more Social Networking sites to visit"! That was my original reaction and, judging by many of the comments I have read online, many feel the same way. Not being one to be influenced by negative opinions without looking at the other side of the story I gave the matter some thought.

digg guy Digg Social Networking

Before I discuss my own observations here are some of the main new Digg Features:

  • Enhanced User Profiles allowing users to add their personal interests, photos, biographical information, and links if any to their blogs, web pages or social network profiles.

  • History of comments you have made on stories on your profile page.

  • The Friends feature shows the recent the activity of your friends - new Diggs or comments.

  • Shouts. This feature allows you to send quick notes or stories to particular Digg friends or groups of friends. These are posted to their profile pages.

  • Discussion of stories is possible via profile pages; with posts to a message board.

  • You can import your email addresses to find existing users or invite those who are not members.

  • Favorites After you digg an article a favorite icon appears. Clicking the icon will save and lock that story to the top of your Digg user profile as well as save it to a favorites archive.

Features to come later in year.

under construction
  • A new images section is due to be launched in October.

  • Digg Alerts will give you the ability to create customized email alerts to let you know when a designated story becomes popular, when your friends recommend stories or to provide summaries of popular stories on specific topics.
  • Story Suggest: - a feature that provides recommendations of stories and friends based on what you have Dugg in the past.
  • Revamped Comments

Looking at the negative comments none convinced me that the new features were not going to be useful. Most were based on the premise that there were too many social networking sites already or that it is a news site and should remain just that. I did find some of these comments quite amusing though.

  • Pownce co-founder Leah Culver has made a post to Digg ( Digg Copies Pownce [PIC] ) in which she says “Since I originally came up with the Pownce gender list, I’m somewhat miffed that Digg copied Pownce.”

  • Someone observed that Digg had turned into a dating site. The response was "At least you will find an intelligent date"

  • Suggestions that Digg be renamed such things as DiggFace or DiggSpace

  • Andy Merritt on TechDigest says "It's unlikely to turn Digg into the next Facebook, but perhaps, just possibly, people might be a little more friendly on it. Heck, who am I kidding? Pistols at dawn in the snarky comments section to continue, eh?

My opinion

  • As bloggers we have a wider range of Social Networking tools at our disposal and another such resource could be seen as overkill. However, it isn't only bloggers that use Digg but those who merely wish to find interesting reading matter. It may be the only tool they use. The new additions could be valuable to them.

  • Extended profile features enhances the ability to connect and interact with Diggers who have the same interests; which will make it easier to find content you too find interesting. The Shout feature will be really handy. I just used it myself to alert friends about a new kind of comment spam. . I will use to to let my friends know about articles that may be interesting to them and hopefully they will do the same. Hopefully I will find stories that I may otherwise have missed.

  • Having social networking and digging on one site could save us time and effort. Stumbleupon has some social networking features and my stats show that my visitors from there stay longer than from any other source. This indicates to me that they are finding the content they are interested in rather than coming on over just for the sake of networking. Hopefully Digg will prove to be the same.

  • Because there is a plethora of social networking services around, those that can offer the best value, with the most features, will be the winners in the end. They will be the ones worth spending the time on. I would prefer saving time and concentrating my efforts in one place.

  • One major criticism that I do agree with is the removal of post descriptions from your friends Dugg articles. Unless the story title is descriptive enough, you end up doing a lot more clicking to find content of interest.

  • Categorization has not improved. Does anyone else find it hard to work out which category to add a newly Dugg article to?

For more details of the new Digg features take a look at the video on the Digg blog DIGG: New Digg Profiles Launch



If you have any inclinations to befriend me on Digg you can find me here - Sueblimely Digg


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6 comments:

Mihaela Lica said...

OK. I have to comment: show me one who found an intelligent date at digg. LOOOOL. :)

What a great round-up, Sue. I had no idea you are "into" digg. I always knew you are into "digging" ;)

Kim said...

hi Sue
I don't mind Digg.....but I don't use it much.....I have added you to my friends there....
I will have to work on updating my profile there now that you have brought it to my attention...thanks for the great info... :)

Sueblimely said...

I wish I could help you there mihaela although I did find an intelligent date via MSN Chat and he and I have been together for 5 years now :-)

Although I know about Digg I have not used it a great deal in the past as I feel I have no hopes in getting much traffic through it :-(

Sorry to give you more work to do Kim. Lets hope we will be able to consolidate all our social networking efforts to one or two places in the futre and concentrate more on comments which is much more fun.

Sandy Carlson said...

Okay, Digg is yet another item in my "accounts" folder that I need to dust off and deal with. Thanks for leading the way.

Deborah said...

Great job on your coverage Sue.

On a positive note, I'm really lovin having the capacity to send shoutouts. It humanizes things so much more. We finally have the capability to speak to those who have long been our friends on the site.

But one important key to bear in mind is that the shoutouts appear under Friend's Activities. This means that everyone that's in your network sees all shoutouts sent. The feature is limited to 10 pages, so one needs to be careful to not to overdo it. Unlike MyBlogLog and BlogCatalog, you don't have the capacity to send private messages. Sites such as those don't affect other users with messages sent.

Someone who doesn't use the site to a large extent and doesn't have a large friend's list needs to bear in mind that those who have befriended them might may very well have a large list of friends, and when a lot of unneccessary shoutouts are being sent, they're missing stories that are being dugg up. You're going to have some very displeased friends who may very well 'unfriend' you.

Sending links to others in shoutouts has its pros and cons. It has potential for abuse, so adding friends to your network is not something to be done without caution. If they're brand new to the site I'm very leery, whereas I might not have been so stringent in the past. I have mine set to only receive shoutouts from friends.

One thing that hasn't been noted here is something that's quite major, to me, anyways ... the removal of Friends Upcoming Diggs. I've added friends to my network who I trust based on what they digg up. This section was what I looked forward to the most. Now that it's been removed, it takes hours to go through the thousands of diggs submitted daily. It's next to impossible for me to find diggs that friends have submitted or voted for through the period of a full day.

I have to rely on Friend's Activities now which is only 10 pages long. You can't see what's been happening over the course of several hours, let alone the day. There's the redundancy of many other friends digging the same stories, and it doesn't even show if you've already dugg the story. Who can remember titles alone without the description and URL without a photographic memory?

And getting back to the shoutouts to send links ... people have been reduced to sending them to friends they think would like to see a story. There are rumors that the algorithms watch for this and don't bear much or any merit if you vote for it by digging a story that way. Not to mention the negative concept of gaming the system that this could portray. And don't forget, there are only 10 pages, so one has to be very conservative to send links to friends.

I find countless stories on front page when I arrive that I wasn't even aware had been dugg to begin with. What else am I missing that I would have liked to see? And I spend 2-3 hours as it is now almost daily trying to filter through the Upcoming section.

I've used Digg as a news site from day one, and it's the one site that's most often a daily designation for me. I can't see myself using it as a networking site. I can't keep up with those I'm at already.

My thoughts are that those who have used Digg for a long time, and those who are key players in the community won't use the added features either. It's difficult enough as it is maintaining anonymity from those who would hound them to submit stories on their behalf, and attempt to take advantage.

I don't even add others at Facebook unless I know them personally. It's not a networking site to me, as people can learn more about you than you care to share to perfect strangers. I save that for MBL and BC.

But as new users sign up, the whole system may very well evolve to more of a social site than a news site. I would have much preferred that they used the KISS system, keep it simple. Provide shoutouts which was sorely missing, and leave the social networking to sites that are already doing it best.

'at least they'd make for an intelligent date' ... that's hilarious!

The numerous click-throughs one has to perform just to see a Digg in Friends Activities is highly annoying and time consuming. What's the point? To prevent blind digging? They're your friends as it is! You can't see the URL from the site it was dugg up from, let alone the description to find if it's of interest to you or from a site you trust.

I hope that there are plans to add to the Favorites feature. As it stands you can only see the 3 most recent.

Many people have been long awaiting a picture section, so this is one feature that will be very welcome.

All I can say after this, is DIGG, PLEASE BRING BACK FRIENDS UPCOMING DIGGS!!! and HURRY!

Sueblimely said...

wow Deborah. What a wonderful write up on Digg. Puts mine to shame :-)
You have utilized Digg much more than I have. I can see how you would need to because of the diversity of subjects your blog covers. I think your summary here is the best I have seen on the disadvantages of the new system.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

How to make friends and Digg people

Digg has launched new features based on social networking and allowing users to establish an identity. Do I hear you say "Not more Social Networking sites to visit"! That was my original reaction and, judging by many of the comments I have read online, many feel the same way. Not being one to be influenced by negative opinions without looking at the other side of the story I gave the matter some thought.

digg guy Digg Social Networking

Before I discuss my own observations here are some of the main new Digg Features:

  • Enhanced User Profiles allowing users to add their personal interests, photos, biographical information, and links if any to their blogs, web pages or social network profiles.

  • History of comments you have made on stories on your profile page.

  • The Friends feature shows the recent the activity of your friends - new Diggs or comments.

  • Shouts. This feature allows you to send quick notes or stories to particular Digg friends or groups of friends. These are posted to their profile pages.

  • Discussion of stories is possible via profile pages; with posts to a message board.

  • You can import your email addresses to find existing users or invite those who are not members.

  • Favorites After you digg an article a favorite icon appears. Clicking the icon will save and lock that story to the top of your Digg user profile as well as save it to a favorites archive.

Features to come later in year.

under construction
  • A new images section is due to be launched in October.

  • Digg Alerts will give you the ability to create customized email alerts to let you know when a designated story becomes popular, when your friends recommend stories or to provide summaries of popular stories on specific topics.
  • Story Suggest: - a feature that provides recommendations of stories and friends based on what you have Dugg in the past.
  • Revamped Comments

Looking at the negative comments none convinced me that the new features were not going to be useful. Most were based on the premise that there were too many social networking sites already or that it is a news site and should remain just that. I did find some of these comments quite amusing though.

  • Pownce co-founder Leah Culver has made a post to Digg ( Digg Copies Pownce [PIC] ) in which she says “Since I originally came up with the Pownce gender list, I’m somewhat miffed that Digg copied Pownce.”

  • Someone observed that Digg had turned into a dating site. The response was "At least you will find an intelligent date"

  • Suggestions that Digg be renamed such things as DiggFace or DiggSpace

  • Andy Merritt on TechDigest says "It's unlikely to turn Digg into the next Facebook, but perhaps, just possibly, people might be a little more friendly on it. Heck, who am I kidding? Pistols at dawn in the snarky comments section to continue, eh?

My opinion

  • As bloggers we have a wider range of Social Networking tools at our disposal and another such resource could be seen as overkill. However, it isn't only bloggers that use Digg but those who merely wish to find interesting reading matter. It may be the only tool they use. The new additions could be valuable to them.

  • Extended profile features enhances the ability to connect and interact with Diggers who have the same interests; which will make it easier to find content you too find interesting. The Shout feature will be really handy. I just used it myself to alert friends about a new kind of comment spam. . I will use to to let my friends know about articles that may be interesting to them and hopefully they will do the same. Hopefully I will find stories that I may otherwise have missed.

  • Having social networking and digging on one site could save us time and effort. Stumbleupon has some social networking features and my stats show that my visitors from there stay longer than from any other source. This indicates to me that they are finding the content they are interested in rather than coming on over just for the sake of networking. Hopefully Digg will prove to be the same.

  • Because there is a plethora of social networking services around, those that can offer the best value, with the most features, will be the winners in the end. They will be the ones worth spending the time on. I would prefer saving time and concentrating my efforts in one place.

  • One major criticism that I do agree with is the removal of post descriptions from your friends Dugg articles. Unless the story title is descriptive enough, you end up doing a lot more clicking to find content of interest.

  • Categorization has not improved. Does anyone else find it hard to work out which category to add a newly Dugg article to?

For more details of the new Digg features take a look at the video on the Digg blog DIGG: New Digg Profiles Launch



If you have any inclinations to befriend me on Digg you can find me here - Sueblimely Digg


tag , alexa

6 comments:

Mihaela Lica said...

OK. I have to comment: show me one who found an intelligent date at digg. LOOOOL. :)

What a great round-up, Sue. I had no idea you are "into" digg. I always knew you are into "digging" ;)

Kim said...

hi Sue
I don't mind Digg.....but I don't use it much.....I have added you to my friends there....
I will have to work on updating my profile there now that you have brought it to my attention...thanks for the great info... :)

Sueblimely said...

I wish I could help you there mihaela although I did find an intelligent date via MSN Chat and he and I have been together for 5 years now :-)

Although I know about Digg I have not used it a great deal in the past as I feel I have no hopes in getting much traffic through it :-(

Sorry to give you more work to do Kim. Lets hope we will be able to consolidate all our social networking efforts to one or two places in the futre and concentrate more on comments which is much more fun.

Sandy Carlson said...

Okay, Digg is yet another item in my "accounts" folder that I need to dust off and deal with. Thanks for leading the way.

Deborah said...

Great job on your coverage Sue.

On a positive note, I'm really lovin having the capacity to send shoutouts. It humanizes things so much more. We finally have the capability to speak to those who have long been our friends on the site.

But one important key to bear in mind is that the shoutouts appear under Friend's Activities. This means that everyone that's in your network sees all shoutouts sent. The feature is limited to 10 pages, so one needs to be careful to not to overdo it. Unlike MyBlogLog and BlogCatalog, you don't have the capacity to send private messages. Sites such as those don't affect other users with messages sent.

Someone who doesn't use the site to a large extent and doesn't have a large friend's list needs to bear in mind that those who have befriended them might may very well have a large list of friends, and when a lot of unneccessary shoutouts are being sent, they're missing stories that are being dugg up. You're going to have some very displeased friends who may very well 'unfriend' you.

Sending links to others in shoutouts has its pros and cons. It has potential for abuse, so adding friends to your network is not something to be done without caution. If they're brand new to the site I'm very leery, whereas I might not have been so stringent in the past. I have mine set to only receive shoutouts from friends.

One thing that hasn't been noted here is something that's quite major, to me, anyways ... the removal of Friends Upcoming Diggs. I've added friends to my network who I trust based on what they digg up. This section was what I looked forward to the most. Now that it's been removed, it takes hours to go through the thousands of diggs submitted daily. It's next to impossible for me to find diggs that friends have submitted or voted for through the period of a full day.

I have to rely on Friend's Activities now which is only 10 pages long. You can't see what's been happening over the course of several hours, let alone the day. There's the redundancy of many other friends digging the same stories, and it doesn't even show if you've already dugg the story. Who can remember titles alone without the description and URL without a photographic memory?

And getting back to the shoutouts to send links ... people have been reduced to sending them to friends they think would like to see a story. There are rumors that the algorithms watch for this and don't bear much or any merit if you vote for it by digging a story that way. Not to mention the negative concept of gaming the system that this could portray. And don't forget, there are only 10 pages, so one has to be very conservative to send links to friends.

I find countless stories on front page when I arrive that I wasn't even aware had been dugg to begin with. What else am I missing that I would have liked to see? And I spend 2-3 hours as it is now almost daily trying to filter through the Upcoming section.

I've used Digg as a news site from day one, and it's the one site that's most often a daily designation for me. I can't see myself using it as a networking site. I can't keep up with those I'm at already.

My thoughts are that those who have used Digg for a long time, and those who are key players in the community won't use the added features either. It's difficult enough as it is maintaining anonymity from those who would hound them to submit stories on their behalf, and attempt to take advantage.

I don't even add others at Facebook unless I know them personally. It's not a networking site to me, as people can learn more about you than you care to share to perfect strangers. I save that for MBL and BC.

But as new users sign up, the whole system may very well evolve to more of a social site than a news site. I would have much preferred that they used the KISS system, keep it simple. Provide shoutouts which was sorely missing, and leave the social networking to sites that are already doing it best.

'at least they'd make for an intelligent date' ... that's hilarious!

The numerous click-throughs one has to perform just to see a Digg in Friends Activities is highly annoying and time consuming. What's the point? To prevent blind digging? They're your friends as it is! You can't see the URL from the site it was dugg up from, let alone the description to find if it's of interest to you or from a site you trust.

I hope that there are plans to add to the Favorites feature. As it stands you can only see the 3 most recent.

Many people have been long awaiting a picture section, so this is one feature that will be very welcome.

All I can say after this, is DIGG, PLEASE BRING BACK FRIENDS UPCOMING DIGGS!!! and HURRY!

Sueblimely said...

wow Deborah. What a wonderful write up on Digg. Puts mine to shame :-)
You have utilized Digg much more than I have. I can see how you would need to because of the diversity of subjects your blog covers. I think your summary here is the best I have seen on the disadvantages of the new system.