When the new Digg launched, it only allowed sign-up with Facebook (claiming it was an anti-spam measure). It was by far the biggest complaint I saw from anybody who checked it out. (Full disclosure, I didn’t like it either.)
But today Digg promised that by the end of the week, the dark days of Facebook-only would soon be ending.
[update- a week later, twitter sign-up not enabled, and they also took away ability to submit link with twitter. #sideeye
update #2: Got a nice tweet from a Digg dev, Twitter sign-up is still in the works, just taking longer than expected. No word on why Twitter-submit-URL disappeared, but probably related.
update #3: They added it! Digg now allows Twitter sign-up, and restored the ability to submit links with Twitter.]
(Bold added by me.)
By the end of the week, Digg users will be able to:
- Sign up and sign in with a Twitter account
- Choose whether or not their diggs are shared to Facebook Timeline
- Retweet, Reply to, or Favorite tweets displayed on the Digg homepage [ed- This is pretty cool/rarely available directly from a site. Respect.]
Also, an interesting note from their previous blog post:
- We’ve seen over 50,000 story submissions, with about 100 stories making their way to the homepage
- We’re sending about 200 visitors per minute to great stories that make it to our Top section, from sites like Foodbeast, The Atlantic Wire and Nowness
Hold up. Unless… the lack of diversity is just leading to the same dominant domains who have their social media game honed and show up everywhere. No offense to The Atlantic Wire… but it’s getting crowded in Atlantic Stories on Aggregator Sites town. So I take back what I said about Digg getting a story diversity pass above. Only worth it when there’s a unique vision payoff.
Anyway, like I said earlier… No matter what happens to Digg, I think it’s rad that they’re trying new stuff.