How To Make Digg Shouts More Meaningful

Posted Nov 8, 2007

As an active every day user of Digg, I receive at least 10-15 mails per day in the form of “shouts.”  Shouts indicate that a fellow Digg friend has recommended a news article or blog post for you to check out.  The problem is that every time you get a notification Shout, you do not know what the story is about that is being recommended.  Sometimes you don’t necessarily know who the Digg user is.  This makes users such as myself not want to click on the Shout notification.

Digg could seriously improve the Shout service and all it requires is a little bit of transparency.  If I get a Shout notification, I want to know what the story is about before clicking on the hyperlink contained within the email.  And it could be as simple as the title of the news story that was submitted on Digg.  This way I can decide whether my Shouts are worth checking out rather than just deleting almost all the shouts I get. 

In related news, there is speculation about whether news submission social network will be selling for $300-$400 million.  TechCrunch pointed out that Digg has been rumored to be selling for quite some time.  At certain points, Digg was rumored to be selling itself to Yahoo! for $20-$30 million, then decided to market themselves for $150 million supposedly turned down $100 million deals.  A few months ago, the company was rumored to be valuing themselves at $200 million.  These inconsistent figures seem to make an acquisition possibility unlikely since potential buyers won’t know how much to pony up.