Digg previews new look, launching on Wednesday

The new Digg website is still scheduled to be relaunched on Wednesday, August 1st by its new owners at Betaworks. Today, the company posted up some information about what will be included in the first version of the new Digg site, along with some mockups of the site's redesign.

The mockup images, as posted on the Rethinkdigg.com site, make it look more like a standard news website rather than the list of headlines that the previous version had. Betaworks says that this was a deliberate choice, stating that the Internet " ... is too rich to be properly represented by a list of headlines."

The new Digg.com will be ad-free when it launches and Betaworks says that the site will revolve around three types of stories: Top Stories, Popular and Upcoming (the new name for Newswire). Newsrooms will be dropped, as will the "Diggbar". There will be a mobile-based version of the Digg.com and there will also be a new Digg app made for the iPhone.

And what about being able to push stories up to the front via a high Digg score? That isn't going away with this new relaunch but Betaworks says that it will be joined by other elements. It states:

When we launch v1, users will continue to be able to digg stories, but Digg scores will also take into account Facebook shares and tweets. Roll over any Digg score to see the breakdown. We’re excited to see how this new data can help us identify the best stories on the web.

Source: Rethinkdigg.com | Images via Betaworks

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Im so glad someone is trying to revive the good old interwebs because Im really tired of the modern concept of social networking taking over everything. Hence why I love Neowin.

I don't understand why when people show off a site it's always printed on paper or on a screen and then taken with a physical camera at a 25-40 degree angle.

It'll be interesting to see what they can come up with. They'll have to do something different to before, Reddit has pretty much taken that area now.

Kyle said,

That's where I am.

I stopped using Digg but never moved to Reddit, as I find the Reddit website absolutely hideous

DomZ said,

I stopped using Digg but never moved to Reddit, as I find the Reddit website absolutely hideous

MikeHellstone said,

Amen!

It's called "substance over form"

DomZ said,

I stopped using Digg but never moved to Reddit, as I find the Reddit website absolutely hideous

Redditor here. Was from Digg. Like you, I preferred Digg's cleaner design. But when it comes to community and content, Reddit is King.

Plus, Reddit won't shove you corporate ads masked as "Top News" like in Digg. Reddit community instantly downvotes BS, I tell you, leaving it FrontPage full of useful content.

DomZ said,

I stopped using Digg but never moved to Reddit, as I find the Reddit website absolutely hideous

too true but you get such better content! was a digg boy then i tried reddit, at first i was ok with it but now would never leave it.

airhead said,

He could do, he is from Pakistan...

Wow, you actually went and checked where I'm from? Well I guess if living under a rock means not being an unevolved conceited jackass like you, I'd take it any day. Apparently, all your civilisation hasn't done you any good.
And oh, I corrected your nick for you. Suits you doesn't it?