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New Toys for Digg Fans

The popular social bookmarking manager and post popularity contest site, has a few new toys for their fans, part of their effort to really develop a state of the art product.

First is a new Digg Cloud, better known as a tag cloud or heat map such as used by many websites for site navigation and links to . Creating the Digg Cloud was not an easy project as creating a tag cloud. So much so, you can read the story behind the creation of the Digg Cloud from Delta Tango Bravo, part of the Digg team:

One of the advantages of clouds is that a lot of information can be displayed in a compact space in a meaningful way. We can display 300 stories in the queue on a single page that really isn’t very tall, while still allowing quick visual scanning of the stories. Particularly with tabbed browsing, this kind of density (which means you’re only seeing the titles of stories) isn’t too much of a hindrance as you can open the whole story before digging it yourself. So, you can view the entire contents of the queue in a manageable space while being enabled to visually jump through only the most popular stories if you choose.

The sorting process seems to be the most challenging part. The stories are sorted by popularity overall, as well as by category, and also by chronological order. The combination of these elements make the process complicated and sophisticated. I’m sure there will be some bumps along the way, but this is really an amazing process that goes on behind the scenes to create this Digg Cloud of popular posts.

You can . It is a bit overwhelming to see at first impression, but it may grow on me over time. What do you think?

The second new toy for Digg fans is the improvement on their . They have now added some new features to their Advanced Search, including searching by the digg queue areas such as front page or all stories; to search the body only or title only or title and body; and to search within a specific period of time such as 30 or 60 days or across time. Another new feature allows you to click a box to include Buried Stories in your search, digging even deeper into Digg’s database.

These two new features will really help Digg fans dig for interesting or popular stories.

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Copyright Lorelle VanFossen

One Comment

  1. Locke
    Posted July 12, 2007 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Woah, I’m not sure what to think of the Digg Cloud! That certainly is very overwhelming at first and certainly a bit of an information overload. It does display a ton of information in one place, though, and it could be very useful for quickly skimming top news stories. Like you, I think I’ll have to give it some time before I decide if I really like it or not. In fact, I’m still kind of undecided on if I even like sites like Digg or not. I mean, I have a favorites folder to mark sites that I really like, so I don’t know that I need to visit a specific site just to keep track of articles and such. I do like seeing what stories everyone else has rated as very good, though, so I enjoy that part of it. I guess I use Digg more like a news service and less like a place to mark things I’m interested in. Maybe I’m missing the point of the site? I don’t know, but I do know I’ve found some very useful information on Digg, and the Digg Cloud may make my information search even easier if I can get over the shear amount of text on the page.

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