After just six weeks of rebuilding the website from scratch, the new Digg site (and new Betaworks team) finally launched this evening with a complete redesign and new editorial curation. It is a side step to the user-controlled network that it once was, but the new site is definitely much quicker, featuring images and headlines from content around the Web that is submitted by users. Along with voting up a piece of content, the new Digg also considers retweets and Facebook shares. Editors place the content on the page where they deem appropriate, going away from the original Digg where votes moved content on the page. The new system makes for a beautiful layout. The Digg staff said more is coming, showing they are committed to bring Digg back to the social service it once was:
- 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
A new iPhone app also launched alongside the redesign, allowing users to quickly check out new Web musings from their iPhone. The app also lets users Digg stories, read stories offline, and save stories for later reading. Another nifty feature, called “Paperboy”, allows you to download the latest Digg stories when you leave a certain location. A new Digg mobile website also launched. You can check out a few screenshots in the gallery below.