Our new feature we’re calling Digg Deeper is finally available for everyone.

When you sign up, our algorithms will begin surfacing the most compelling, and highly-discussed stories and videos from your endlessly overwhelming Twitter feed. You’ll see these stories and videos — as well as which friends and outlets shared them — displayed in a new personalized section of the Digg homepage.

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You can also have everything sent to you directly via email alerts and mobile notifications, as frequently or infrequently as you want. For you iOS users, we just released an updated version of our app that includes Digg Deeper alerts.

So why use Digg Deeper? Think of it as having your own personal team of Digg editors who alert you to the most important things from your Twitter universe so you don’t ever feel that you’re missing anything. And unlike our real editors, it’s free.

We’ll be building lots of additional features in the coming weeks and months, including a personalized daily email and an expandable version of Digg Deeper on the homepage. We’ll also be working to incorporate Digg Deeper into Digg Reader (say that ten times fast).

In the meantime, we want to hear your feedback and requests. Please leave them in the comments, or email them to Digg’s CTO Mike Young at michael@digg.com.

Hey, Digg is launching something new today!  Well, not exactly “new.” It’s something we built a few years ago as News.me, only this new version is highly evolved, and better than ever.

Behold: Digg Deeper. A way to see, in real time, what your friends think are the most interesting things to read and watch.  Each day, Digg’s editors distill the Internet down to its finest, funniest, and fail-iest (if that’s not a word, it should be) essence. With Digg Deeper, we’re taking that one step further by alerting you to the best stories coming straight from the people and sources you trust most, starting with those you follow on Twitter.

What You Get

Once you log in, our monstrous supercomputers will comb through your Twitter timeline to isolate the links your friends are discussing the most.  (We’ll be adding other social sources soon.)  You can see the results, in real time, three ways:

  • A scrolling list on the Digg homepage,
  • Real-time email alerts, or
  • Mobile notifications from our iOS app.

How It Works

The magic ingredient is the way we analyze your Twitter feed to determine the right threshold for your alerts. For example, one component of the algorithm measures the activity around every link in your feed.  If you follow tons of accounts that are linking to many hundreds of stories a day, you might get an alert when 5 friends share the same link. But if you follow only a handful of accounts, you might get an alert when just 2 friends share that link.

Getting Off The Ground

We’re starting with invitations to our faithful, longtime News.me subscribers. Once we feel like things are stable and we’ve worked out the bugs (the ones that aren’t features, of course), we’ll lift the gate and let everyone in. 

-The Digg Team

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We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Digg Channel on IFTTT. If Digg is what the Internet is talking about, then IFTTT will only make it easier to get this conversation to you quickly and conveniently. Because talk is cheap and we’ve all got dance competitions to watch.

What Is IFTTT?

IFTTT is a simple service that lets you create powerful connections between your favorite websites with one simple statement: “If This Then That.” Want to send the articles you save from Digg to your Instapaper? Done, thanks to IFTTT.  Need to get the most Dugg video emailed to you every day? We’ve got you covered. Most of your favorite services like Tumblr and Pinboard already have IFTTT channels, so now you can easily send the best Digg content to wherever you consume the Internet.

IFTTT And Digg Reader

Since we launched Digg Reader, we’ve been inundated with requests to include one-click actions that integrate third-party tools like Buffer and Evernote. With today’s launch, you’ll be able to activate a recipe that sends all your Diggs and Saves to your favorite service instantly.

And because we know you’re busy, here are two recipes to help you get started.

 

IFTTT Recipe: Create Evernote Notes From Saved Posts connects digg to evernote

IFTTT Recipe: Add Your Diggs To Buffer connects digg to buffer

IFTTT And The Digg Homepage

Originally, we were only going to build triggers for stories you’ve Dugg and Saved, but we soon realized that you can do much more with the Digg IFTTT channel. As a result, we’ve created some useful triggers that reduce information overload and give you only the content you want. For example, IFTTT can email you any stories that Digg puts up related to Ukraine. Not into geopolitical conflict? Pick your own keyword in the recipe below. May we suggest “dog”? 

IFTTT Recipe: Get An Email For Every Story/Video Featuring A Keyword connects digg to email

IFTTT Recipe: Send The Most Dugg Story Of The Day To Instapaper connects digg to instapaper

We’ll continue to add more IFTTT triggers and actions in the future and, as always, we’d love to hear your ideas. Tweet at us or email us at support@digg.com.

Now, head over to our channel on IFTTT and get started with our popular recipes or create your own. We’d love to see what you come up with, so please share them in the comments below.

- Shivram

Last week we launched Digg Video, a new section dedicated to the best and most interesting video content on the Internet. It’s the Digg you already know and love, in video form.

Today we’re happy to announce the addition of Digg Video to our iOS app, available for iPhone and iPad. Now you can take all the great videos from Digg wherever you go.


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Digg Android users, don’t worry – we’ll have updates featuring our new video offerings available shortly.

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Digg for iOS, now with Digg Video, available on the App Store today.


- Rob Haining

 

Over the past year or so we’ve noticed something: people like watching videos. People really, really like watching videos.

In fact, since we relaunched Digg two summers ago, our Video tag has consistently garnered more traffic than any other. Apparently the world is even more bored at work than we knew.

In order to meet the growing demand, we’re proud to announce that we’ve launched Digg Video, a section of Digg solely dedicated to collecting and promoting the best and most interesting video content on the Internet. It’s the Digg you already know and love, just in video form.

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And for our iOS and Android users (which you all should be), don’t worry – we’ll have updates featuring our new video offerings available shortly. 

We can’t stress enough how thankful we are to our loyal readers. None of the things we’ve accomplished in the last fifteen months would have been possible without you. We’d also like to give a big thanks to Squarespace, a valued partner and the sponsor behind the Digg Video launch.

So, why not blow off whatever it is you have to do the rest of today and take in some good videos? We all know you deserve a break.

- The Digg Team

P.S. You can also keep up with Digg Video on Twitter and Tumblr.

If you use Google’s Chrome browser, Digg Reader just got a bit more useful. Head to the Chrome Web Store and install the Chrome extension for Digg Reader. It’s got three simple features:

  • Tells you when you’ve got unread items, and how many.

  • Lets you add the web site you’re currently viewing to Digg Reader with a single click.

  • Opens Digg Reader in a new tab with one click.

We’d love to hear your feedback and feature requests for future versions.


-Jon Ferrer


 

If you use the Digg app on your Android device, you’ll notice a shiny new update over the next few hours. The big improvement is the option in Digg Reader to see only your unread items, and folders and feeds with unread items.  For many users — especially those who range between the web, a phone, and/or a tablet — it’s an essential feature. It’s now baked into Digg Reader everywhere you might encounter it.

Oh, and: The update also includes a ton of bug-fixes. You should notice a faster, smoother, zippier app. (Heartfelt thanks to everyone who submitted a bug report!)

We’re already hard at work on the next round of Android improvements. We’d love to get any feedback or feature requests you might have.

How To Keep Up With All The Government Shutdown News
Whether you’re cheering, jeering or just a devoted fan of colossal train wrecks, the news and developments out of D.C. are coming fast and furious.  We’ve pulled together 16 obsessive sources — left, right, center and other — with great coverage of the unfolding U.S. government shutdown.  Add them all to Digg Reader with one click, or choose the ones you want to follow.

(Image: Flickr: NPCA Photos)

How To Keep Up With All The Government Shutdown News

Whether you’re cheering, jeering or just a devoted fan of colossal train wrecks, the news and developments out of D.C. are coming fast and furious.  We’ve pulled together 16 obsessive sources — left, right, center and other — with great coverage of the unfolding U.S. government shutdown.  Add them all to Digg Reader with one click, or choose the ones you want to follow.

(Image: Flickr: NPCA Photos)

We’re happy to report we have released an update to the Digg iOS app with full iOS 7 support, including a couple of interesting new features: Dynamic Type and Background App Refresh. We’re super excited about this release, as it brings the app up to date with the latest technology Apple has incorporated into iOS.


With Dynamic Type, you can set your text size preference once in iOS Settings, then watch it take effect across all of your favorite apps. So, if you crave teeny tiny text or want more content on your screen, we can help you. On the other hand, if you prefer huge text or want to read Digg on the other side of the room, we can help you there as well. And if you happen to have poor eyesight, you can update your Accessibility settings to enable “Larger Dynamic Type.” (To access your preference, open the Settings app, then General, and Text Size; for super huge fonts, open Settings, then General, Accessibility, then Larger Type.)


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Background App Refresh lets iOS determine the best time for Digg to update with the latest content. For instance, if you regularly read Digg at 8 am, iOS will allow us to update some time shortly before then. Unfortunately, if you subscribe to lots of feeds in Digg Reader, we won’t be able to update everything in the short amount of time we’re given. To accommodate that constraint, we’ll prioritize the streams you view most often (whether it be Top Stories, All, Popular, Diggs, Saved, or any other folders or feeds you have).


You may also notice a few iOS 7-related design flourishes, such as the status bar blending in with the Digg interface or the toolbar at the bottom of articles adopting the semi-transparent blur effect. Also, whereas before you could only swipe away articles, now you can swipe from the edge on any screen and return to the previous screen.

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iOS 7 is out now! To update, open the Settings app, select General, then Software Update. To download the latest version of Digg, visit http://AppStore.com/Digg


As always, if you have a suggestion, trouble with the app, or any other feedback, please reach out! Email us at support@digg.com or tweet at @DiggSupport


Much love,

Rob & Team Digg

By far the most common user feedback over the past two months has been some variation on, “Where’s my freaking Android app, you lazy idiots!?” But, you know, with more colorful language.

Well today the long national nightmare is over. Now awaiting your download in Google Play: Digg for Android.

Like the web version of Digg, the Android app includes up-to-the-minute stories from the Digg homepage as well as Digg Reader, all optimized for your Android device.  

Some notable features:

  • Quickly swipe back and forth through Digg’s Top Stories, as well as through any feed or folder in Digg Reader. Choose from either the web view or the parsed text view.

  • Digg or save any story;  send it to Instapaper, Pocket or Readability (automatically upon save, if you choose);  and share to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Tumblr, WordPress, Buffer, Dropbox, Google Drive, email, text or any other sharable app on your device.

  • Search Digg Top Stories.

  • Sort your Digg Reader items by popularity to quickly see which of your items are the most talked-about on the social web.

  • Log in to Digg Reader with your Google, Facebook or Twitter account.  

  • Search for and add new feeds. Create, organize and delete folders.

  • If you so choose, post your diggs automatically to your Facebook timeline.

This is our first Android release, and we’ll be updating and improving it steadily over the next few months. There are a few missing features we’re still testing such as a “Show Only Unread Items” view, text size and display mode options, and background updating. You’ll see those added shortly, along with other new and bewitching features.