Digg website relaunched by Betaworks

After rising and then falling from grace, the Digg.com news aggregation site is back up and running. As promised earlier by the site's new owners Betaworks, the site has received a redesign that does away with Digg's previous spartan list of news headlines in favor of a site that has a more traditional news layout, with large images.

Users can still "digg" stories from other websites to have them appear, and gain prominence, on Digg.com. However, the new version does require that users log into the site from their Facebook account in order to "digg" stories.

In a post on the site's official blog, Betaworks makes it clear that this is just the first version in their overall plans to reinvigorate Digg.com. Those plans include some experimenting with commenting features, which are currently not in place. Betaworks also plans to continue to develop a better mobile experience for Digg users. Indeed, it has already launched the first version of the new iOS Digg app which allows for offline reading of Digg stories. (no word yet on any Android, Windows Phone or Windows 8 apps).

Betaworks also plans to launch an API for Digg "so that members of the development community can build all the products that we haven’t even thought of yet." The site will remain ad-free, according to the FAQ page.

Source: Digg.com | Image via Digg/Betaworks

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MikeHellstone said,
Hmmm seems to have completely ignored the whole point of Digg in the first place, unless i am being blind?

Digg as it existed before was destroyed by v4. They have no chance going up against reddit at their own game, so they're trying something different. Hence why it's being called a new startup and this is v1.

You can't search on DIGG and there doesn't seem to be any categories, I just submitted the Outlook.com gets 1 million hits in six hours and it just submits as a link? There must be a bunch of people manually adding the stories?

As far as I can tell the stories are cherry-picked by the staff and spruced up to look pretty. This bull**** is what killed digg in the first place (the site was flooded with stories from rss feeds instead of from users) so why are they doing it all over again with no features? This is not the way to get users back.

warwagon said,
On the plus side they could port it over really easy as a metro app

I'm guessing their website design is inspired by the recent metro news apps. Still it begs the question, do we really need metro apps or are the just glorified webpages that we have to install to view?

sagum said,

I'm guessing their website design is inspired by the recent metro news apps. Still it begs the question, do we really need metro apps or are the just glorified webpages that we have to install to view?


Considering the fact that not all metro apps are websites...I'd say you did.