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Monday, December 18, 2006

Video and Podcasts Feature on Digg.com

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After recently announcing their second birthday, digg.com has unveiled a host of new features, aimed at improving the user experience. Released on Monday, the changes were driven by the user feedback the site received over the last few months. Below are the changes reported on the Digg Blog:

Navigation and Widescreen Mode
Digg have changed their layout from a fixed width to a flexible one, meaning users with larger monitors can now make use of that extra space. Navigation has also been changed from the side to the top of screen.

Top 10 Stories
The right hand side of the screen now contains a section to display the hottest 10 stories in any section. This list updates in real time and changes as other stories accelerate in digs.

Video Enhancements
Videos now have their own section on the main menu. This section contains the top 10 videos and includes new on-Digg video previews. If videos contain a play button, simply click and the video will open in a small grey box.

Podcasting
Similar to the video section, users can now Podcast their favorite individual episodes or series. Users can see the most popular episodes of a certain series, or simply browse based on relevant categories.

Personally, I think the new design is fantastic. The menu navigation is simple and the new sections provide plenty of interesting content. If you’re new to Digg, make sure you check out the updated design, and visit some of my favorite features, Digg Swarm and Stack.


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Matthew Elshaw Matt is a marketing professional at ineedhits.com, an international search marketing firm. Matt's passion for online marketing began at university and has proved invaluable in steering product development and marketing initiatives at the company. Matt is a regular contributor to the ineedhits search marketing blog.

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