On July 20, we announced that we were turning Digg back into a startup and rebuilding it from scratch in six weeks. After an intense month and a half, we managed to get the new Digg up and running on a fresh code base and infrastructure. We now have a solid foundation on which to build, and we expect to build fast. Yesterday, we previewed the new Digg applications for web, iPhone, and mobile web and today we’re happy to share Digg v1.
I’ve been a user of Digg since 2005, and though this new version is a clear break from the foundations of the site - I think the new staff are on the right track to building the site back up again. The strong reliance on imagery (as opposed to reddit) and tighter selection of stories, is I think a good move.
I can still remember the first (and only time) I submitted a story that reached the front page of digg. It was in 2007 following the historic Australian elections and the defeat of longstanding PM John Howard.