Digg launches new iPhone and iPod touch app

Digg, the recently redesigned and reimagined social news aggregator, has launched a new version of their mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch (they recommend using the website if you’re on an iPad) to go along with their new redesign. The new app (available at the App Store here) has the same look and feel as their new site, keeping in tune with the generous use of white-space and focusing on images.

Navigating through the app is a very pleasant experience, basically you get what seems to be an infinite scroll of trending story headlines, a subtitle and an image. If you want to read the whole story, just tap on the image or title to get a mobile-friendly version of the story. If you want to interact further, you need to sign-in via Facebook, something that has some users quite upset, as reflected in the low-star reviews the app has gotten in the app store.

Once signed in via Facebook the app allows you to bookmark the stories you read via Instapaper, Pocket and Bitly. There’s also an interesting feature called Paperboy that allows you to geo-tag you current location, say your home, and the app will fetch the latest stories when you leave that place, so you can read what Digg has to offer even when there’s no WiFi or cellular connection.

Overall, I’m pleasently surprised by Digg’s new mobile app. It seems like to guys over at News.me (who bought Digg six weeks ago) are getting stuff right. I can’t wait to see what they have in store.

Via [Digg]

The new Digg launches ahead of schedule

After rebooting the Digg brand and a caffeine-fueled 6-week drive, the team at News.me has launched the new Digg, or Digg v1, today instead of tomorrow, ahead of schedule. The original social news aggregator has been rebuilt from the ground up and is now cleaner and uses images more prominently. They have also re-written the famous Digg algorithm from scratch to now include popularity scoring from Tweets and Facebook shares.

Along with flipping the switch to the new version, they’ve also launched a brand new iOS app. As far as upcoming features, this is what they’ve detailed so far:

  • introduce network-based personalization features (like we do in News.me) to make Digg a more relevant and social experience
  • experiment with new commenting features
  • continue to iterate Digg for mobile web
  • move the website forward with features like the Reading List, different views into the top stories on Digg, and more data to help users better understand why a particular story is trending
  • launch an API so that members of the development community can build all the products that we haven’t even thought of yet

Expect Digg to change and evolve as the weeks go on, but the real question is: Will Digg see the same popularity (as well as traffic and page views) as it did in its $300 million valuation days? Let us know what you’re predictions are in the comments.

Via [Digg Blog]

Cross-posted from TechnologyTell.