Just a few weeks ago, Digg sold itself for a pittance. Now, the new Digg team has posted a preview of what it's calling v1: an ambitious plan to fix the ailing network. Amongst a battery of new changes. Signs of life! The new design launching later this week will dispense with horrid DiggBar. Will that be enough to save the site?
On rethinkdigg.com, the (new) Digg team has posted a series of its earliest wireframes and mockups for what the new Digg will look like. Besides the absence of a DiggBar, the new version will have more images and no advertisements (for now). The Digg score which you're seeing won't only take into account the activity of users on the site, it'll also include data on tweets and Facebook Likes. Oh, and the first version of new Digg won't have comments. That's ballsy.
Based on what we can tell, the company is trying as hard as it can to distinguish itself from Reddit. Instead of lone headlines, it'll have big images. Do you find Reddit's comment trolls toxic? Digg won't have any for now. Digg has been ailing for a long time, and this is an admirable effort to resurrect the once eminent site. Let's hope this new design is the first step towards beating back the reaper. [RethinkDigg]