Welcome to the New.Digg.com Alpha Site

Hi guys, a freaky friday and tonnes of design projects are pouring on my desk, however I recently received an email invitation from the social news site Digg.com to participate in their New Digg v4 Alpha since it was first mentioned by Kevin Rose in April 2009.

Let me share with you a small preview of the New.Digg.com alpha

New.Digg.com alpha welcome page

New.Digg.com alpha

You haven’t received your invite? No worries, you can also login with your current Digg.com account or you can just sign-up a new account!

As you enter the site, Step 1 introduces to you a new screen – “Find Profiles to Follow” (above) which is a huge list of popular individuals, companies or influencers you trust to follow; like Tony Hawk and Time.com to contents of BBC news, which are well categorised based on their topics.

After completing list, click to enter a new screen appearing for Step 2 – “Find friends to Follow” (above) where you have the option to follow friends from your Facebook, Twitter or Google account. Add your selected friends to your list and you have completed building your new homepage.

My News page_newdigg

My News page

Take a closer look on the top left corner of your new homepage, you should see two main tabs displayed; “My News” and “Top News”.

“My News” is your custom news page that you built based on friends and the people you followed, while “Top News” (below) collectively displays the latest and most popular stories dugged by recent Digg community which is similar to the current Digg .com mainpage.

Some new features

The New.Digg.com is not only a re-design of the present Digg.com, but its also an enhancement in the way how the site functions, mainly to encourage more users to “follow” their friends and subscribe to their personalised preferred sources. You can also add your own RSS feeds that auto-submits your content instantanously when you update your site/blog.

Sub-categories were also removed and by keeping only the main topic categories, the NewDigg tries to simplify users experience of submissions, while user-created tags would be the new way of categorizing content.

The whole result is a personalized news page that seems like a combination of Google Reader, the Facebook news feed and Twitter.

Digg v4 Publisher Preview by Kevin Rose

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