Digg To Feature Human Editors, Large Images

Rethinking Digg From A Design Standpoint

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…]

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.