Last night I returned home from an eight day vacation. Catching up on work for me includes clearing through all of the shouts that I received on Digg.com that I received over the last 8 days. I had about 250 pages worth of unread Digg shouts sitting around.
Why is this a big deal? Digg lists 10 unread shouts per page and you cannot select more than one to delete at a time. That means I have to click the delete button about 2,500 times and click on the next page about 250 times. That could consume a lot of bandwidth which translates into additional operating costs for the social bookmarking site.
If Digg introduced a button to allow users to quickly delete a page worth or even 250 pages worth of shouts in one swoop, it would save Digg money and save time for their users. At one point there was a solution to this dilemma in the form of a Greasemonkey Digg script hack. But Digg recently went on a banning spree for those who used these scripts to prevent people from what they believed was “gaming the system.”
From my perspective I believe that Digg shouts are the equivalent of e-mailing news stories to family and friends or sending messages on Facebook, but doing it in a more copious manner. Every e-mail provider allows you to delete a mass number of messages at once. Facebook allows users to delete a page full of messages in one swoop. Why should Digg be any different?
Deleting Facebook messages, e-mails, and Digg shouts is a way of clearing out old, cluttered information. Digg makes it a bit harder. Regardless, I’ll be spending a good amount of my Saturday deleting about 2,500 Digg shouts.