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Digg to Widen Topic Coverage

I’ve been wondering when this would happen but it seems that Digg is soon to widen it’s topic coverage from just technology related bookmarking to other arenas:

‘Digg, the collaborative tech news site, will soon branch out beyond geekdom. At a Web 2.0 panel at the eBay Developers Conference today, President Kevin Rose said that in the next month or so, the popular site–where people vote on stories submitted by others, with the highest vote-getters moving to the top of the front page–will add coverage of world news, entertainment, politics, and more. Major redesign is in the works.’

I can just hear bloggers everywhere licking their lips with glee (is that possible?) at the news of one of the biggest senders of traffic opening up in their niches!

Found via Steve

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Comments

  1. Ryan says:

    Hey Darren, or anyone… I love the concept of Digg, and have been trying to include a similar (but more localized) version into my site. Does anyone know of a good script or anything for such a thing?

  2. saurab says:

    digg would really shine in the political arena: it would be funny to see opposing camps get into a frenzy during election time :)

    @ryan: it’s a tough system to replicate by getting hold of scripts and such. The more productive way of going about it would be to go to some of the freelance websites and get it custom built through a freelance programmer, and then hand it over to a web designer. That should at least get you started :)

  3. jim says:

    I hope they open up something with personal finance :)

  4. Ryan says:

    Hopefully they allow users to pick and choose what categories they want to see on the front page. Some of those categories I wouldn’t care to see very much.

    -Ryan

  5. Oh, I very much digg politics and I can’t wait for the changes. It’ll be a nice trafffic booster for my site. :) Then again I was on the front page of digg last week, so…

  6. I just wanted to agree with Ryan’s second comment (#4) up there. Since there are only a very few categories that I am interested in, Digg doesn’t really have any value to me as it is. If the format changes, then I would definitely re-evaluate.

  7. Maris says:

    I think this option is very necessary because today is easy to miss many useful information – too much and too different info together.

  8. I hope they will include Sport also! ;-)

  9. Excellent news,

    This will be helpful, because right now there’s no good place for a post about blogging.

  10. Chris says:

    Sounds like this could be a great thing for the rest of the blogging community. To awnser Ryan’s (1.) question, there is an Opensource social bookmarking software available out there called Pligg (http://www.pligg.com/) I have seen it being used at: http://hugg.com/

  11. Thanks for the tip Chris! – Ryan aka The Humanaught, as #4 stole my name… damnit.

  12. Blackbeard says:

    Frankly, I don’t think just adding topics is going to add different(non-techie) users. The people who use digg are techies and nerds. That’s not a bad thing for a tech news site, but adding other topics means that nerds get to wax political a bit more often. Slashdot did the same thing not so long ago with politics and it didn’t add non-tech users, it just allowed techies to argue about politics.

    Digg, like most ‘Web 2.0′ companies is not a mainstream product. It’s a cool use of technology and an interesting idea, but that’s where it ends. Digg will never be as influental or as important as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, or even your local newspaper. My wife, parents, siblings, and most non-tech friends wouldn’t ever use digg. I hate to break it to Kevin, but Digg is a sometimes great tech news site, but it’s not the “new media” juggernaut that people seem to think it is. Maybe in 10 years a site like digg will be the way a large portion of people get their news, but I doubt it.

  13. razib says:

    I agree with Blackbeard. I think that Digg should have some editors who would select the links and then post. Their goal should be to post quality links not everything that everyone is submitting.

  14. Leon says:

    Holy crap! Kevin Rose is president of Digg? As in TechTV’s Kevin Rose? Whoa.

  15. Arun says:

    Indeed, it is a great news for bloggers.

  16. Amanda Rush says:

    Hi Darren:

    Thanks for pointing this out. I posted about it on my own site, and wanted to send a trackback as well as a link. Do you allow trackbacks?

  17. Sri says:

    I dunno whts going to happen but its definitely improving a lot….
    A must use tool for everyone on internet….

    Regards,
    Sri
    http://reddy-sri.blogspot.com

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