Digg users have already started to notice a new Beta feature called ‘Newswire’ that Digg announced on its blog this morning.
‘Newswire‘, a real time Top News section on Digg that ‘allows users ‘to be editors’ and help choose the Top News instead of just reading it.
The ‘Newswire’ section is definitely interesting, but really seems like another attempt to get users into participating more in the curating process, which historically the mass majority of Digg visitors have not done. Past efforts with the Upcoming Section, the Recommendation Engine, and the My News section have really failed to ever get even a small fraction of Digg’s users to do more than just read the Front Page, but this looks like a pretty good effort to finally get people more involved in the voting and commenting process.
Of course, almost all of the features they have put into the section, are aspects that Digg has had all along in the core functions of the site and the various sections like my news, upcoming, and search.
They have finally added real time viewing, which reminded me of Twitter’s search, and took all the various filtering features that were spread across the site into one spot.
There is however, one massive change that is being introduced that has never been visible on the site before, which is to visibly show everyone who has ‘buried’ a story. Digg Labs, before they ended the Labs project, used to show you a claimed ‘small subset’ of bury data, but it never carried the user’s name before.
Another interesting addition, that was not mentioned on the Digg Blog post, but is easily seen in the footer, is the Top 100 News page, which based on the lack of formatting and the links not working, might be a section they did not mean to put up live yet, but is there none the less.
It will be interesting to see if the ‘Newswire’ section will help to influence more users into participating in the voting and commenting process, but I have a feeling it won’t change too much. It will also be very interesting to see how the users feel about having their ‘buries’ shown publicly to all, knowing that Digg already has issues with bury groups as it is.
Let me know below in the comments what you think about these changes!