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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