Digg 4.0 a week away

The Digg you know is about to get updated to a fourth version of the popular social news website. Earlier this year, we have already seen a glimpse of what it will look like. Kevin Rose, Digg's founder, said that they are a week away from hiring a new chief executive officer and unleashing a new version of the service to make content more relevant for the users.

Digg has felt pressure from other social websites such as Facebook and Twitter, who get 500 million and 190 million monthly visitors respectively. Digg only has 25 million visitors a month, which is down five million from their standing one year ago. Rose's plan to improve the service is to keep rolling out new features, which is something he admits they haven't been doing faithfully.

The new CEO is also expected to bring new items to the table. Digg has narrowed the number of candidates to three, although their names will not be released. The new CEO will have a technology background and experience as a business manager. The previous CEO, Jay Adelson left from that position in April after five years of service. Kevin Rose then took over as a temporary CEO and promised to continue to move the news site forward. Adelson felt that Digg had passed the startup phase and he wanted to help out younger companies. 

"My News", which the company will be featuring in the updated release of the website will show users what their friends are reading and "digging." It is clear that Kevin Rose is hoping for a more social experience and to be the hub for groups of people to share what they are reading about. The new update is to be released by the end of next week.

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

How Apple is inspired by the jailbreak community

Next Story

Droid X vs Droid Incredible shootout

18 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

The new digg is even worse than the current digg. Digg has gone south for quite awhile now sadly. The new system is just a nail in the coffin.

As with other posters, I got fed up with Digg. To many flame wars, and the site owner is a flaming liberal. You could say anything you wanted vulgar about Bush, conservatives etc...without a whisper, but say one thing negative about liberals or Obama, and they would boot you of the site.

Digg is great if you are a liberal. If you are a conservative, it's very painful to go to. Not only to see the top news articles, but the bashing and Digging down you get if you voice your opinion.

Digg is nothing but Liberal bias trash, I stopped using it a couple of years ago. I like news with out the spin and the consent 12 year old screaming at anyone who doesnt agree with them. Sites like kaos, huffington and many others just spam the site .

Mekun said,
Digg is nothing but Liberal bias trash, I stopped using it a couple of years ago. I like news with out the spin and the consent 12 year old screaming at anyone who doesnt agree with them. Sites like kaos, huffington and many others just spam the site .

Reality tends to be biased.

brentaal said,

Reality tends to be biased.

I think the full saying is "Reality tends to have a liberal bias". < It's no doubt the truth as well.

Been using the new Digg for around a month now and haven't been that impressed with it as of yet, the whole 'My News' takes away from what I feel Digg is all about, news articles that are voted upon by the users. I blame the powerusers personally who have completely taken over the site and show no signs of stopping even with the new system.

As soon as Digg started allowing power users to copy/paste content from other, more relevant, social networking sites like reddit, it started going downhill big time.

Now, like Vice, I visit reddit as my primary source and then digg afterwards (if really bored). Digg's frontpage content is a day late compared to reddit.

I used to use Digg all the time but then I started going to Reddit and I found the site a lot more relevant. Most of the content on Digg is basically what was good on Reddit 24 hours ago. Just thought I'd mention it.

Vice said,
I used to use Digg all the time but then I started going to Reddit and I found the site a lot more relevant. Most of the content on Digg is basically what was good on Reddit 24 hours ago. Just thought I'd mention it.

I agree. Who cares about Digg anymore. On Reddit, you actually get a chance to have your stories to show up too since their algorithm isn't nearly as brain dead with those friend boosts that give massive advantages to old, established members in the "Digg elite". As a green newbie, you'll have barely a chance. Also, comments are generally more intelligent on Reddit. It's not *all* about "funny" ASCII art and reactionary comments.

My only beef with Reddit is that it sometimes is a bit too 4chan:ish there with the memes and all; things can get annoying when they beat the dead horses. On the other hand, all sites have their flavor, and that just happens to be theirs.

I, like so many others, am a former Digg user that stopped using it when it was always behind Reddit, with worse comments to boot. And a website needlessly complex.

Vice said,
I used to use Digg all the time but then I started going to Reddit and I found the site a lot more relevant. Most of the content on Digg is basically what was good on Reddit 24 hours ago. Just thought I'd mention it.

Yup, reddit is a much better place than digg. I think the best part of Reddit is that you will actually see people upvote commenters who dispute the headline with facts, even if the opinion differs from the typical reddit mindest.