(1) it is a must to check the Upcomingsection as stories hitting the front pages are usually 24 hours old (so you risk missing some important news).
(2) Checking Digg daily may be addictive; on the other hand, you can just grow tired of it.
To prevent this, check out some cool entertaining ways to track Digg activity.
1. [NO LONGER WORKS] BigSpy (By Digg labs)
is the most fun way to spy on Digg’s submissions: the font size represents the story popularity:
Other Digg labs projects include:
- [NO LONGER WORKS] Stack visualizes individual users’ votes as Tetris-like falling bricks, creating a bar graph of popular headlines that grows in real time.
- [NO LONGER WORKS] Arc is a constantly growing circle around which stories are arranged as users digg them.
- [NO LONGER WORKS] Swarm represents how individual users cluster around popular stories: when the same user votes for two stories, a tentacle reaches out and tugs those “cells” closer together.
is an online Tetris-like game based on dugg stories. The size and color of the blocks depend on the category the story belongs to and the total number of diggs the story has.
keeps track of upcoming and popular stories at Digg, Delicious and Reddit. The best thing about the tool that it is easy and keeps all information on one page.
tracks Digg comments and updates in real time:
visualizes upcoming stories in the form of a wheel: you can rotate it back and forth, stop it anywhere, click and see the submission details.
represents each submission by a rectangle: the area occupied by each rectangle is proportioned to the number of Diggs relative to the other stories in that channel.
- By hovering over any rectangle you can see the story description;
- Clicking on any rectangle sends you to the submission page;
- Right-clicking lets you choose to either go to the submission page or to the story source page.
is a pretty cool desktop app that requires [NO LONGER WORKS] Adobe® AIRâ„¢ runtime. It gives a handy compact version of Digg (list of stories to the left and description to the right). You can choose to view the submission only in a few (or one) preferred categories or subcategories.
is a plugin for the Google Desktop Sidebar. It keeps track of the most recent hot Digg stories and displays the story title, short description and time it went hot. When clicked, the story description expands and the submission link appears.
How do you track Digg? Please share your thoughts!