5 Tips For A Better Digg

Every blogger and their dog has heard about Digg; if you haven’t cottoned on then I worry. Seriously I do.

I’ve covered this before. Digg is an incredible way of getting your content in front of thousands of news-hungry geeks, fellow bloggers and industry gurus. Who wouldn’t want to be on the front page?

The problem is, in my opinion Digg has taken a turn for the worse in recent months. (You would need to have been living in a cave in outer Mongolia to have missed the uproar.) However, it isn’t this that annoys me most about Digg even though the user base is notoriously irrational.

No, it’s this somewhat egalitarian attitude that Digg just oozes. And it’s only recently that people have began to question it. Anyway, enough of the Digg bashing. We know it is far from perfect, here’s a few things I wish they would hurry up and implement!

  1. Start showing buries
    OK, everyone knows they have their own internal mods who can bury any story, but they really need to show negative votes or buries by Digg users. Digg doesn’t like being gamed, so if they want us to believe their democratic credentials they really need to step up and show buries publicly.
  2. Threaded conversations
    I don’t even bother to follow conversations on a homepage story, it’s pretty much impossible. Anyway, most of the comments are either full of hatred, inaccuracies and urban myths; or all 3! Get it sorted
  3. Speed up the site
    The Digg site is notoriously sluggish. With all they’re VC funding surely they can come up with some way of optimising their setup and make it faster to browse.
  4. Forewarning webmasters
    Many sites do not use one of the many Digg plugins for one reason or another. So how are they going to know that 50,000 visitors will be chewing up their bandwidth and possibly bringing their mission critical server down in a few hours? Answer: they won’t with the current system. Digg should give webmasters or the submitter some warning prior to scoring some time on the homepage.
  5. Cache homepage stories
    If you haven’t got through to the webmaster and their site crashes what use is the story? Nobody can see it unless you head over to DuggMirror. Come on guys, that just doesn’t float in the Web 2.0 world. Digg should cache a story and then show this cached version in the event of downtime. Once the Digg effect subsides, 301 the cached paged on Digg to the story URL.

Those are just some of the ways this site should be improved. What do you think? How would you hack Digg into shape?

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