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July 30, 2012

Digg To Feature Human Editors, Large Images

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Rethinking Digg From A Design Standpoint

When new Digg owner Betaworks is finished with the social sharing websites image-heavy design users will likely not recognize what they discover.

The Digg team on Monday wrote of the redesign:

“The final version is close to complete. When you visit Digg.com later this week, you’ll find a beautiful, image-friendly, and ad-free experience.”

The Digg.com stories will be chosen by editors and chose stories will be based on shares via Facebook and Twitter.

Launching with a huge face lift on August 1st after a six-week hiatus the site will feature more space for bigger stories while some articles without photos will also be featured. According to the sites staff:

“Some stories are bigger and have more impact than others; some stories are actually components of other ones. Some stories can be told with text; others are best told through images.” read more

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July 12, 2012

Betaworks Buys Digg For Just $500,000

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Digg Sells to Betaworks for Pennies On The Dollar

Remember when Digg.com was estimated by some analysts to be worth upwards of $200 million? Those days are long gone as New York incubator startup Betaworks announced on Thursday that it has purchased Digg for a measly $500,000.

Since launching in 2004 Digg has received more than $45 million in investor funds

On it’s blow Betaworks says Digg will fold into the News.me team. Betaworks also promises to “turn Digg back into a startup. Low budget, small team, fast cycles.”

Digg was once hailed as the future of the internet until Digg v4 was widely panned by critics and the sites most loyal users as a complete failure that confused some users and took away other favorite features used by devoted Diggers. After the release of V4 the website watched traffic plunge, lost much of its management structure and was forced to lay off half its staff.  read more

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May 7, 2009

TinyURL’s Out, bit.ly’s In

Twitter has been using TinyURL for its own URL shortening needs. Up until now, that is. As several sites have noticed, Twitter has silently replaced TinyURL with bit.ly. TechCrunch doesn’t find that very surprising, naming Betaworks as common ground for both bit.ly and now Twitter-owned Summize.

Will Twitter buy bit.ly next? They should, the fact that they’ve been relying on external infrastructure for their URL shortening needs this long is surprising.

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