Digg.com is social reading site, similar to Reddit or Mashable. “Digg’s”, on this site are votes, and the users that participate on this site vote via Digg’s for material that they encounter, and those pieces with the most Digg’s ends up at the top of the boards for the day.
While it doesn’t make all that much difference functionally, I really liked how Digg had a separate page designated for its “Newsrooms”. I’ve noticed that many of the other social reading sites such as Reddit have a really cluttered navigation bar with TOP news, RECENT news, and then every other category containing articles that could also be cross-listed in top or recent. I find that Digg leaving its homepage tabs less cluttered makes it easier to navigate the site and also quickly find something along the lines of what I am looking for. On a related note, I really like the concept of referring to the various categories as “newsrooms” – it’s a bit more creative and it would make sense to the average person.
Another feature that I really liked about this site was that follow Newsrooms as well as the other users. If you find another user that seems to be on point with “digging” the articles you like, you have the option to follow them for more updates, and also if you just have a general interest that you want to keep an eye one, you can do that as well. I like how the site gives the option of exploring your interests on both specific and more broad terms.
The site is one that is really not too hard to navigate, but I did run into some problems when it came to find a tutorial that I really liked. While there were plenty of tutorials out there, the vast majority of them were all completely outdated; we’re talking like by 2 or 3 years on YouTube which is quite a long time when it comes to the internet. The following two links are videos that I thought still hit the main concepts pretty well, and are helpful for understanding how the site is used, but the screenshots might be a little off.
The “About” page of Digg is also helpful for explaining how the site works, where the news comes from, etc.