Services|August 8, 2011| Author: James Johnson|Tags:

Digg Adds Customizable Real-Time Newswire To Voting System

 

Let’s be honest for a moment, Digg is a former shell of itself in many ways, however despite all of the site hate lately they did take a major step by attempting, albeit it as a massive failure, to reinvent themselves and now they may be making up for earlier mistakes over the last year with the launch of a new highly customizable service called Newswire.

Among the programs newest features is the ability to choose what Diggs are seen based on certain criteria, for example perhaps you only want to see Diggs in technology that have been dugg by more than 10 people, while at the same time avoiding uber-popular posts with 100 or more diggs, with the Newswire feature you have that option.

Perhaps you only want Text posts in Science that have 100 Diggs or more, you can setup that real-time feed as well.

Digg Newswire Screenshot

Newswire also does something Digg has failed to offer until this time, bring more transparency to their bury and voting system. Using Digg.com users are not able to see who buried a story, however Newswire will show those bury’s and votes up and down, while votes carried out on Newswire will hold more weight than votes performed on other parts of the site.

Writing about the announcement Digg’s Will Larson noted:

“Over the coming weeks and months the core ideas (rewarding transparency, showing real-time content and activity, increasing visibility of how actions impact story ranking) will be spreading across the rest of Digg.”

Digg helped usher in the modern aggregated voting system and it’s nice to see that they are finally allowing users to make it their own.

Among available filters shown on the official Digg Blog include:

  • Topic (like Technology or Politics) only shows stories within that category.
  • Media (Images, Videos or Text) filter stories by type of content.
  • Minimum Diggs (say 2, 5 or 25) only shows stories with at least that many Diggs.
  • Maximum Diggs (for example 10 or 50) only shows stories with at most that many Diggs.

Check out the Digg Newswire and let us know what you think.