iOS: Digg's iOS app has been updated to include the newly launched Digg Reader. This includes the ability to import your current Google Reader feeds right into the app.
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It's obviously not something a casual Digg voter would get into, but would having a random Digg pointer make the link-voting site worth your free time? Cast your votes, and impressions, in the comments.
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
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
For those writers hoping to hit the big-time with their book ideas, new social publishing company WEbook wants to recreate for books what Digg did for internet articles. Submit your work to WEbook and collaborate and vote on which writing is the best. Shelve the notion of a solitary writer toiling alone for years in a dimly lit attic. WEbook.com is a place for lively writing groups, groundbreaking titles, and a chance for an engaged and creative community to find unrecognized talent and select the very best written works for publication as books, eBooks, and Audiobooks.
At WEbook, writers can get immediate feedback on their work. Reviewers can tear apart bad writing and make it better and everyone gets a chance to vote. If WEbook users vote your project as one of the best, WEbook will publish it, in print or electronic form, too. For a similar project, check out previously mentioned Authonomy. WEbook
Seems like every other week you're signing up for another social networking site and filling out another user profile with the same old information; webapp AtomKeep is out to save you the the time and hassle. AtomKeep manages and syncs your user information across 23 social media applications (including Facebook, Digg, Flickr, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogger, YouTube, Yelp, and Ning, just to name a few). AtomKeep sets your user profile information to default settings you specify. This means you you don't have to navigate to your old Digg profile to see what to put in your Twitter biography. AtomKeep doesn't store your password on-site—they say they only use it to synchronise your data. If you want to keep your social networking profiles consistent across sites, AtomKeep makes that process simple. AtomKeep
Web site Swurl aggregates your online activity in a simple blog-like format. From del.icio.us bookmarks and favourite YouTube videos to Twitter posts and Flickr photos, Swurl pulls it all into a simple blog-like interface. On the surface Swurl sounds similar to previously mentioned FriendFeed, but it's actually got a much different feel and offers a lot of customisation. Swurl's timeline feature stands out most, placing your links, photos, and other activities on a calendar timeline. For a nice example, check out Swurl founder Ryan Sit's Swurl page; if you like what you see, starting your own Swurl is free.
Windows/Mac/Linux with Adobe AIR: Keep updates on all your friends' social network activities with Alert Thingy, an application for Adobe's AIR platform that brings FriendFeed functionality to the desktop. We've shown that social aggregator site FriendFeed can make it faster and easier to keep tabs on friends, and while you could track those updates with a private RSS feed, Alert Thingy lets you keep it in an buddy-list-like window, available for quick browsing and, best of all, searching. If you can't keep yourself from digging through your various social memberships to see what's new, Alert Thingy might at least make it quicker to do so. Alert Thingy is a free download for Adobe's AIR platform, which runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Between Flickr, Digg, Twitter, your blog, Facebook, Del.icio.us, and every other web service under the sun you're a member of, keeping track of all of your online activity—as well as the activity of your friends—is becoming increasingly difficult. But a recently launched, much-hyped webapp called FriendFeed aims to simplify your online life by pulling all of the content you create into one centralized service. Not only does FriendFeed make aggregating your online life a breeze, but it also makes it simple to keep track of what all your friends are up to, whether they use the site or not.
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.
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."
Two years ago, Lifehacker alum Erica schooled us on how to get started with the then-new social news network Digg. Some old-school screen caps there from a past version of Digg.
One for the bloggers out there - the Digital Inspiration blog offers a simple but helpful tip for tracking whether posts from your blog have been submitted to Digg. It basically explains how to search for your URL on Digg and then subscribe to the RSS feed of that search.
This tip came via Problogger, and if you check out the comment thread you'll see readers there have submitted a few of their own favourite ways of tracking posts on Digg.