Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Episode 12: Digg Podcast

Digg has been a lot of fun exploring and I am excited about sharing this resource! Digg is a site that aggregates and displays stories, podcasts, videos, and sites that have been submitted by members--and basically allows everyone to vote on each story. Not only does Digg allow every member to engage in the review process, it also promotes communication by allowing comments on every "dugg" story, and allows anyone to view members' profiles and to see all the stories they have submitted.

Digg Podcast Transcript as follows:

Welcome to the Cool Tools Library Podcast Series, part of a series exploring innovative web 2.0 tools. The Cool Tools Podcasts and Vidcasts can be found at

My name is Trevor and I’ll be talking about which can be found at:
D I G G DOT COM. Digg is a web site that, using members' feedback, aggregates and displays information. Any member can submit a blogpost, a website, a news article or video—anything on the web—to Digg. Members can then check out the submissions, and by clicking a small button to the left of each linked story, members effectively vote for that site—or “Digg” it. People can see how many members have "Dugg" a particular story by the number to the left of the link. So if 532 people have dug a page and think others should read it, a small box with the number 532 will be displayed. Digg is a very democratic system. Eventually, when enough people have "Dug" a page, the submitted site makes its way to Digg's front page where it can be more readily seen by members and non-members alike.

For stories that have few votes, users can click on the "Upcoming" link to see stories that have been submitted but which have very few votes—usually because the site has been very recently submitted.

Members can also choose what type of stories they would like to see displayed. By clicking the "customize" button, members can choose what sorts of topics interest them, and only those topics will be displayed when they log in.

On the front page of Digg, members can even more specifically limit what is displayed. The front page includes a menu of topics in which they have indicated an interest, and by clicking one of these topics, only stories relating to that will be shown. So if a member only want to see stories, from, say, “Technology” he or she can just click on the “technology” tab and only those sort of stories will be included.

Also on the front page is a “top ten” list of all categories—a very useful list to see what’s going on of interest on the web.

Members can also search for specific topics. After entering a search term in the upper right hand corner of every page, a list of sites will appear that relate to the search term. Digg searches through the metadata of a page and allows users to search in the following fields: title, description, or url – or some permutation of all of these. And in good Web2.0 fashion, Digg includes RSS so that every time a new story is submitted relating to a specific search term, users’ RSS readers will be updated.

Digg is an exceptional site to see what is hot on the web, and what others are talking, reading, and writing about. Stories of little or narrow interest can be submitted but rarely garnish the number of votes necessary to make it to the front page. As well, each story displays who submitted it, and allows anyone to click on that person’s handle to see all the stories he or she has submitted.

Digg is not only an excellent resource for news hunters, culture jammers, and web-izens, for is social connectivity and on-the-minute updates, it can also be a terrific resource for more casual web-surfers as well. Any news item that has surfaced on the web, and that has been submitted to Digg can be found using the search tool. And while Digg certainly is not as vigorous a news search engine as some of the paid-subscription services, it can act as a beneficial tool for those who don’t mind browsing a bit. And let’s not forget: it’s free!

That should get you started with Digg. Thanks for tuning in.

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1 comment:

Thomas Alex said...

You did quite well in putting a lot of content into a good amount of time.

I stumbled, the other day, on their podcast/vidcast. They go over the top items that were "dugg." It was pretty entertaining. I don't know the frequency of those podcasts. I think they put one out every month.