If you’d like to keep up on your comments and the replies you receive at Digg.com but find the default comment tracking to be unwieldy, you can get comment updates by RSS. The admin over at technology blog I’m A Super has put together a comment tracking tool: I created this tool because I was frustrated with having to continually go back to my user page to determine whether anyone had left a reply to one of my less popular comments.
There is a limitation on the tool. To abide by Digg.com’s “polite” API usage policy, RSS requests that come sooner than every 10 minutes may be denied. Repeated abusers could be rejected.
Usage is extremely straight forward. Visit the link below to access the tool, put your Digg username in the text box, hit the button, and add the generated RSS feed to your favourite feed reader. From there on out all your comments and the subsequent replies will be piped over to your feed reader, no need to dig—no pun intended—in the bowels of the control panel. Thanks Ryan! Digg Comment Tracker [IAmSuper.com]
If you’re a fan of news-sharing site Digg and also regularly use Twitter, then the launch of a bunch of specialised Twitter accounts tracking various Digg categories is bound to be good news. Lifehacker readers are likely to be particularly keen on @digg_technews, which tracks hot technology stories. There’s a full list of the new accounts at the Twitter blog. Digg Has Dug Into Twitter [Twitter Blog]
News feed aggregator tiinker aims to help those feeling overwhelmed by their news portals and their own feed readers chop down their lists. Using Digg-style “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” controls, tiinker “learns” what types of news and sources you find relevant and interesting and mixes its content for you accordingly. Tiinker’s technology page reshaped itself pretty quickly to a little test-voting with an eye for Linux items, but what’s missing right now (and used to be offered) is a way to bring in RSS feeds not offered by the tiinker mix. Still, for those seeking out a decent, customised news portal, Tiinker might be a good way to keep on top of what’s happening.tiinker [via eHub]
The Wall Street Journal added Digg buttons throughout its paid-subscription website yesterday, but any article that’s been dugg will be freely viewable. Tech blog Digital Inspiration points out that by adding the feed from this search result to your reader, you can check out every story that gets even just one digg click. New WSJ owner Rupert Murdoch has said he plans to break down the pay wall entirely, but until then, this might be the next best way to browse the influential newspaper. UPDATE: Well, less than an hour later and I’ve got 50 hits on that feed. Those wanting more specific, less overwhelming WSJ content should modify that search above by changing the parameters to “Title, Description, and URL” and adding a subject like “oil” or “Microsoft” after “online.wsj.com.”Track Wall Street Journal Stories That Are On Digg Using RSS [Digital Inspiration]