New Digg.com feature and design commentary

Digg.com, which is one of the most popular community-based news sites has opened today with a brand new design and a wide array of new features.

Interface Design, Digg Goes Widescreen
Weâ??ve gone from a fixed width layout to a flexible one allowing you to make use of your screen real-estate on larger monitors. Navigation has also been moved to the top allowing you to quickly switch between sections.

Top 10 Stories/Videos
Digg stories move fast, so weâ??ve created a quick view of the top 10 hottest on Digg, updated in real time. This list changes as other stories accelerate in Diggs – so make sure to check it often. Think of this as your quick pulse of whatâ??s hot in any given section.

Videos Enhancements
Aside from giving Videos their own position in the top navigation, we have added a couple cool features: Top 10 hottest videos, and on-Digg video previews. Simply click any video with a play icon to get lightbox window in which you can preview and Digg the video.

Podcasting
Now you can Digg your favorite podcast series and individual podcast episodes. Not only can you see a list of the most popular podcasts by section, you can also dive into any individual podcasts to see the most Dugg individual episodes. And donâ??t forget – every time you Digg a podcast or podcast episode that is bookmarked in your profile and shared with your friends.

Profile Enhancements

Now quickly jump between your Dugg News, Videos, or Podcasts. With three separate sections we make it easy to sort through your own Diggs or the Diggs from your friends using the friends tab.

In the referred site below (you can navigate to it by clicking “Visit Site”) you can see a video which demonstrates all of these new things.

Personally, I think that all of the features were great and welcomed improvements, except for the liquid design, which I think deteriorates the readability of the site, but Digg is more about divulging new, and popular, articles, than anything else, so I guess that it’s acceptable. And according to a recent poll (cached site), the new design is the favorite, out of all the previous ones, so it’s great that Digg is becoming more appealing as time goes by unlike some other sites which have a unstable growth and appeal.

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