www.digg.com is a popular website that involves elements of social bookmarking and blogging. It places an emphasis on science and technology but has recently expanded to included categories such as politics and entertainment. The latest stories and websites are submitted by registered users and editorial control is democratic. This means that news stories and web site links are submitted by users
and they are only moved to the front page of Digg based upon a user-controlled ranking system.
This is how it works. Users can view all the stories or link that their fellow users submit. If a story gets enough ‘diggs’ it gets promoted to the front page of the Digg website. If it doesn’t get enough ‘diggs’ it remains in the ‘digg all’ area, where it will eventually be removed. A post may also be removed if enough users report a problem with the link.
All the content on the Digg website is free.
Originally Digg carried fifteen categories in which to submit stories. These were deals, gaming, link, mods, robots, security, technology, design, Apple, Linux, music, hardware, movies, programming, software and science. However, Digg was recently revamped and the previous categories have now been worked into the six new categories, which are: technology, science, world & business, sports, entertainment and gaming – with each category having subcategories.
On Digg, users can discover web content from just about anywhere. Whether it’s the biggest names on the web or the most obscure blog from the other side of the world, you will find it on Digg.
There are no editors on Digg. The editing is done by all the users together. The users together determine the value of the content that is available. All the content is user driven – from the blog posts to the pod casts. Once you submit your post, it is instantly visible to all Digg users. If your submission is a good one and it gets enough Diggs, it gets promoted to the front page of the website.
There it is available for viewing by millions of users around the world. Since Digg is all about sharing and making discoveries, users can also build conversations around the content that is posted. Digg provides users with tools to comment on and
discuss topics they are passionate about. When you go through Digg, you will quickly realize the benefit of working through the lens of other users who have the
same interests as you, simply because it acts as a content filter. This ensures that you only get the most interesting, relevant and unique information.
Using Digg: Making it Work For You Simply sign up for a Digg account at digg.com and take off from there.
Whenever you want to submit an article, video or pod cast, just post it for people to see and it will show up immediately in the section called ‘Upcoming Stories’. Here, other Digg members can see it and ‘digg’ it if they like it. A ‘digg’ is a vote for your post that recommends it to other users. If your submission
receives enough diggs, then it gets promoted to the front page of Digg.com. The next step up the ladder of popularity is to make it to the Top 10 list on the
The more people who digg your post, then even more people are likely to click on it. If it’s good for them, it’s good for the next user as well. On the other hand, if a
submission is no good and does not receive enough diggs it will remain in the Upcoming Stories’ section and stays there until it gets deleted. So you have to be at the top of your game to make sure that your post does not get deleted. To do this, you must stay active on the website.
You must take part in the collaborative editing process that Digg is essentially based upon. You should digg posts that you like because it means that other users will also digg your posts and create better visibility for your post. You can also share your digging history with your friends. You should make an effort to ‘bury’ any bad links, that is, links that have irrelevant
information or duplicate entries. This keeps the spam out and ensures that users get only relevant information. This helps you gain credibility and in turn build an invaluable network.
You can invite your friends or make new ones on Digg. This lets you view what others are digging and help you find mutually beneficial resources.
You can even share a link with friends who are not on Digg by emailing it to them. Most importantly you must share your opinions and make them heard on Digg. This is only way that you gain credibility for yourself and create more link-backs to your website, thereby generating more traffic.