Social news aggregation website Digg.com had to go on lock down today. Digg did not allow manual story submissions throughout the day for some reason. Many people are speculating that the lock down is due to what is believed to be a user revolt. The reason why many users are revolting is because they are not satisfied with the new design of the Digg website, also known as “Digg Version 4.”
The new version of Digg launched to the general public last week after going through an alpha test. Many of Digg’s most influential users submitted links to Digg rival website Reddit.com throughout the day today.
Digg founder Kevin Rose wrote the following message on his Twitter account:
“Digg update: As mentioned on TWiT yesterday, we’re working hard to fix the source diversity part of the digg algorithm, more news soon”
Digg is working with media companies and celebrities to create publisher accounts. But users were not happy with this because primary publisher accounts were able to get Top News status on the website frequently.
Aside from the publisher accounts, users have been outraged with all of the error messages that have been popping up. I have used the new version and I received a lot of errors when I clicked the Digg It button next to stories myself. Digg has a lot to fix in this new version, but the feature I like the most is the auto-submit feature for RSS feeds. It gives us more exposure for potential readers. Good luck Digg team!