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Features Digg Should Have


Features Digg should haveSinse posting my story about Digg banning IP addresses i have been, Like i said i would, Participating in the "digg community".

After almost a month of participating in digg i have to say I like it, There have been some interesting stories posted and commenting on them is fun, Though there are a lot of obvious features that should be included.

So i thought i would post a list of features that digg should have, But don't.

  1. Show Digg count for comments in profile - If you don't know, People "digg" or "digg down" comments you make, and if a comment gets enough thumbs down it becomes hidden. If you want to find out how many diggs your comment got you currently have to look at your own profile, Click the "commented on" tab and then go to that stories page. You then have to search through the comments looking for your comment. I propose that digg display the digg count of comments directly in the profile along with the number of replies it got.
  2. Personal messages - Why is it you can add people as friends on digg but you can't send people instant messages? Personal messaging should be an essensial feature for any site claiming to be a "community".
  3. Tags - When you submit or Digg a story you should also have the option to add tags. This will make searching and organizing stories you dugg a lot easier.
  4. Email alerts - It would be faily easy for digg to impliment a system where when one of your friends posts a new story, Or someone else posts a story that contains a keyword you get notified about it via an email. Similar to what google do with thier google alerts, But for digg.
  5. Advanced search feature - At the moment if you want to search a specific catagory on digg you have to navigate to that section and then use the search box. So i propose that digg has a "search page" with advanced options. A user can select if they want to search all of digg or a specific catagory. They can also select what time frame they wish to search in. "this week", "this month" or "this year". You get the picture.
  6. More catagories - Digg started off as a tech site but quickly expanded into other areas such as videos and sport. Say for instance i wanted to post a video of a huge car crash, Should i put it under "funny" or "educational"?
  7. Better dupe detection - I know that just because something has been posted once already doesn't mean everybody got to see it, But the amount of dupes on digg is insane. Some stories have been posted upto 10 times and sometimes people even go to google translator and post that link just because the exact same page had already been posted and digg doesn't let them post the same URL again.
  8. Stop banning IPs - Sinse i blogged about digg banning IPs a lot of people have emailed me saying they have had thier company LAN IP banned from digg simply because a few people share the same IP but login through different accounts. Digg seems to have a system where if different user names appear to have the same IP that IP gets banned.
  9. Burried stories - As well as showing what stories a user Dugg it would be nice to see what stories they have burried, too. And for what reason. Spam, dupe or lame.
  10. Open links in new window - If a user has selected to open story links in a new window links posted in replies should open in a new window too.


If you have any other ideas for improvments to digg, post them as a reply

update:
I was just informed that another blogger, franticindustries has made a similar post about the features digg should have. (It's ok, I don't think he copied me :p ) He also has some good ideas for features digg needs.

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Posted by Anonymous Steven Bradley @ Thursday, 07 December, 2006

I can't claim to have spent a lot of time on Digg yet, but all your suggestions make sense to me.

They all seem to be things any online social community should have. How can you have a comminity after all without making it easy for people to communicate with each other.

I also like the idea of Digg being more open with the comments. As popular as they are there's the beginnings of a backlash against them and being more open would certainly help to fight the backlash.  



Posted by Blogger David Hurth @ Tuesday, 06 February, 2007

I think that all of these ideas are great and am working on a Digg like site that has implemented some of these features (namely better organization using tags, Better user interaction using private messaging and more categories along with allowing you to post almost any type content including videos, files and mp3s) and will be implementing more very soon. I am currently working on advanced search and themes.

Checkout the site at recommendzit.com and let me know what you think.  



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