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 Technorati. 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 see it for yourself. 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 Digg Search. 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.