If you’ve been around the web for more than a couple of years, chances are you remember Digg. The news aggregation site made social sharing cool long before Facebook or Twitter hit their high notes.

But the last couple of years have been rough for Digg. After seeing a dramatic drop in page views, the site that was once in talks with Google over a $200 million buyout, sold for a measly $500 thousand to the folks at Betaworks.

Enter Digg v1…

From Digg’s blog:

“On July 20, we announced that we were turning Digg back into a startup and rebuilding it from scratch in six weeks. After an intense month and a half, we managed to get the new Digg up and running on a fresh code base and fresh infrastructure. We now have a solid foundation on which to build, and we expect to build fast. Yesterday, we previewed the new Digg applications for web, iPhone, and mobile web and today we’re happy to share Digg v1.”

The result of all of this is a newly-designed Digg.com that not only looks great, but allows you too see what the top stories are on the web. It kind of gives you a snapshot of what’s going on in the world.

Of course, they couldn’t launch a shiny new website without an iPhone app to match. Digg version 3.0 hit the App Store yesterday, and as with the revamped website, the new app doesn’t disappoint.

Use Digg mobile to scroll through the day’s top or upcoming stories, and then read them in a Readability-esque format. And if you really like what you see, you can share it on Facebook, or Twitter.

From where we’re sitting, it seems like the new owners are doing everything right to get the site back on track. If you want to see what all of the fuss is about, you can find Digg in the App Store, for free.

What are your thoughts on the new Digg?

  • Sina

    Digg does not provide you with filters or sub-pages where you can only access the contents you like. Reddit for instance does that better as it lets you blend out news that you are not interested in to concentrate fully on the news that you want.

  • chuckchuckchuckchuck

    Sure it looks nice but once you try to use it you’ll find that:
    – You can’t login anymore, you now have to use Facebook and start from scratch
    – The power has shifted from the Digg users to the moderators and Facebook likes
    – The layout is actually not a great way to navigate a site
    – You can’t bury stories anymore
    – you can’t comment on stories anymore
    – You can’t search the site anymore
    – The RSS feed is gone
    – The majority of the users is vocal about how bad the new site is

    From were I’m sitting it seems like the new owners are doing everything wrong.