Glimpse of Digg v4 alpha

Digg has just started sending out emails inviting users to join the all new digg experience, labeled "Digg Alpha", it's the biggest change to the platform since it was launched in 2004. We knew the change was coming, as reported by Mashable, but as of writing, it is now available to a larger set of testers who requested an invite earlier this year.

The email that is being sent out reads:

Hello Owen,

Good news! You're in! Thousands of Digg users responded to our call for alpha testers, but you are among the few chosen at an early stage to check out what our team has been working on.

Here are three things you can do to kick-start your Digg v4 alpha experience.

  • Find and follow your friends, influencers, and news sources you trust! Once you follow these Digg users, we'll build a custom news homepage for you called "My News." My News will display news stories to you as dugg by your friends.
  • Get more followers! Aside from digging great content, one of the best ways to attract new followers is to update your profile. Add a photo and link to your blog, Twitter account, or Facebook profile.
  • Explore the "My News" and "Top News" pages. My News is the custom news page we build for you based on the people you follow, Top News is the global zeitgeist showing you the most popular stories on Digg.

We're relying on you to make the site better, so please use the feedback links on the bottom of each page to let us know what you think. You will receive an emailed survey as well. Come back frequently as we'll be adding features often.

Get started here new.digg.com and log in using your current Digg credentials.

Welcome!

Kevin Rose, Founder

Digg.com
new.digg.com/kevinrose

When you head to the new Digg page, it offers a login page for those who have been granted beta access. You can't login if you don't have an invite yet. On first impression, the new design is very aesthetically pleasing:

After logging in, Digg reccomends people that you should follow, based on what you've previously dugg and looked at on the site. For me, it knows I only look at technology news, and reccomends them to me:

Next up, it offers to find friends from services across the web -- so far this includes Facebook, Twitter and your Google Contacts. All of which seamlessly integrate into Digg, and it pulls them in with little effort:

After the setup wizard completes, you are redirected to the new homepage, which has had a huge design refresh and is more simpler and intuitive:

The new Digg is only in early Alpha, so is expected to have bugs, but overall the major update to the service is hugely anticipated and welcomed by the community.

Have you got the new Digg? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Thanks to forum user José for tipping on the forums.

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The problem with Digg isn't the layout, or how it currently doesn't connect well to social web services. It's their users, and their algorithms with their elitist "friends" networks. There are other news aggregators out there who does a much, much better job at giving you a chance to have your own submitted content actually seen by others so that they can vote it up, even if you're a new user.

All these years I have heard about Digg but never really understood what the site is for. From whatever little i know it seems to be a bookmarking site (aint it)

Looks cleaner no doubt but Digg was always just a way for stuff to get around the internet.So the look does not matter to me at all. =)

Why don't they just skip the bull**** and have 2 links on the front page: one to MrBabyMan and one to LtGenPanda. Digg is gamed so much it's shameless. The whole sight feels like it came out of venture capitalist's passing thought.

Everyone I know uses Reddit, so having a focus on your friends in the new Digg is useless for me. Besides, you've been able to customize your frontpage reddits for ages now, with it being relatively easy to get new Reddits added.

Oh yeah, on Reddit, I click the link to go to the story, and I click comments to read the comments. None of that Digg crap, where I click the link to be taken to a page full of comments, where I have to click the link again to get to the actual story.

Admodieus said,
Everyone I know uses Reddit, so having a focus on your friends in the new Digg is useless for me. Besides, you've been able to customize your frontpage reddits for ages now, with it being relatively easy to get new Reddits added.

Oh yeah, on Reddit, I click the link to go to the story, and I click comments to read the comments. None of that Digg crap, where I click the link to be taken to a page full of comments, where I have to click the link again to get to the actual story.

You've obviously never really used digg at all... You click the top link that is the headline and it brings you straight to the article, and you click the description or "comments" to go to comments.

The design is well done, however in this kind of user-driven website the community is way more important than the design. That's why reddit rules.

It looks cleaner. However, no matter how modern or cool they make it look, it will still have nothing but crap on the front page.

ccoltmanm said,
It looks cleaner. However, no matter how modern or cool they make it look, it will still have nothing but crap on the front page.

Now you'll be able to see what your friends digg up or comment on so it'll be more targeted. I don't even think Digg in its current form puts crap on its front page but that's just me.