So what is up with the new Digg?
Currently you can only log in using Facebook. That will certainly affect a lot of IMer's. Their goal is to cut down on spam submissions, and that will definitely slow it down. Unfortunately, it will also alienate people that don't like using facebook.
Apparently the Digg API is all new, and essentially a clean slate, at this point. They said that it will be a while before they have anything in place. I guess any apps that relied on that will no longer work.
It looks like older links are gone. The ones that show up in the Google search results take you to a "this page cannot be found" page. Not sure if those links just haven't moved yet, or if they are gone for good.
It also seems that a lot of the functionality, of the site itself, is gone. There are no categories to view the topics that interest you, and there is no way to browse the site. You are stuck with the "Top Stories", "Popular", and "Upcoming". By the way, these are all on the same page, these are all on the same page. Digg is one page. You have a few dozen articles to view, and that is it. There are no "view more" options anywhere, no new archive, and no search function. There is also no place to comment. You can digg an existing top rated article, or share it, but that is all.
While there is an option to submit a link, it appears to be useless. It does not show up anywhere, and you can't even view links you have submitted. Digg seems to just be pulling in the top rated Facebook and Twitter links, with diggs being a tertiary factor in what appears on the page.
It looks like the current version of Digg is nothing more than a low rent syndication site pulling it's content from Facebook and Twitter data. Needless to say, digg will be useless to Internet Marketing. But, more importantly, it lacks all the sense of community that made it popular in the first place. It has no social aspects left to it. What is the point? You log into the site for what? To click a digg on a handful of articles? There is no other reason. Digg has it own voting tool, but without a community, who is going to care?
Even as a news syndication site, it is severely limited. There are bloggers out there doing a better job of syndicating/curating news. I see no point to the site in its current state. You log into to the site using Facebook, their articles are chosen based Facebook and twitter votes. You might as well just use Facebook, and use their "Like" button to vote. They, at least, allow you to comment on the articles, at FB.
I understand why they needed to change some things, but now Digg has lost it's identity. As it is now, it seems pointless. Maybe I am missing something, but I don't get the complete change of format.
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