Monday, September 26, 2011

Digg Launches Newsroom In Beta - Get An Invite Now!

This morning, I received an invitation to try out the new Digg Newsroom, which is currently in Private Beta. As seen in the image above, the newsroom includes the following sections: Featured Newsrooms, All Newsrooms, Newswire Activity Feed, and Trending Newswire for all Topics.

At first glance, the Digg Newsroom is slightly different because it pulls story activity and popularity results from places like Facebook, Twitter, as well as Digg itself.

Another upgrade is that users get rewarded for sharing stories that get posted on the front page of a newsroom. The more active and influential a user, the more badges one can earn.

From the Digg blog, the author provides more explanation on how the new service works:
  • Sourcing: We locate great content for each topic and display in a real-time feed called “Newswire.”
  • Signals: Stories are ranked automatically by an algorithm that looks at recency and popularity including Likes on Facebook, Tweets and LinkedIn sharing, to name a few.
  • Curation: The news is then filtered by the Diggs and Comments of passionate users who have gained reputation as top influencers in each Newsroom topic.
While I haven't had an opportunity to fully explore the site, I find it intriguing. Maybe I'll have more to report in a few days.

If you're interested in playing with the new service, follow this link to get the invitation now. Once you get it, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.

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