Digg plans to be a new Twitter, but relevant

I dare say that most of us readers are familiar with dig, perhaps the most popular social news aggregator. Since its creation, the site has undergone several important changes in design and functionality, to adapt to the evolution of the web, and in this case we are facing a new iteration, dig v4which promises to add more social features to the site, with a strong emphasis on the Twitter model.

Currently, stories are submitted to Digg via a common form and then voted on by community members and readers of the news source. Those who get the most votes go to the cover where they get all the attention possible. This model works until today, but the new version of Digg will make changes that will significantly alter the system:

  • Stories can be imported directly from their sources, which means that the owner of a blog, for example, will not have to worry about submitting the news, but will only have to add his feed once, then he will be the author of each news story that appears on Digg. This movement will promote the syndication of content, and give more importance to the real authors of the content.
  • It integrates a tracking system, exactly like on Twitter, but instead of following status messages, we will follow the news they publish. In this way, the system is decentralized and allows us to receive articles from sources that interest us, building a personal home page.
  • The stories our friends vote for will appear on this front page, and we'll also see their comments more prominently across all news. This allows articles to be circulated by many more people than if they depended solely on their appearance on the front page (which will always be there).
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How do these changes influence? For starters, Digg would no longer be as anonymous a place as it is now, and its users should find even more reasons to build relationships with each other. Content editors will have more control over their articles, and many stories will become relevant without needing a barrage of upvotes. What about Twitter? Although Digg copies its features, it will never be a communications platform and they will not compete in this area, because it is only links to automatically syndicated content, and Twitter allows you to share n no matter what. We will see how these changes influence other similar systems such as Shake meand how long it takes to adopt them.

Below is the video (in English) of Kevin Rose, Founder of Digg, presenting the new version:

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