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.