Is known to be a social news website that allows public to vote tales up or down and this is known as digging and burying. Digg assists users to search for blog placements of their interest, web pages of their interest and endorse pages. The website is positioned 140th  from March 2011 by Alexa. The Web 2.0 tool  is a private tool. The founder of digg is Kevin Rose. Digg was founded in United States (California, San Francisco). Digg has been serving users all over the globe. Moreover, digg employees seventy-seven people.

History of digg

The official launch for Digg was done on December 5th 2004. This was done by Kevin Rose, Owen Byrne, Ron Gorodetzky and  Jay Abelson. Dan Ries made the unique design and it was free of advertisements. Digg was modified to meet the demands of the users. Digg introduced Version 2 in July 2005. This new version had features such as contacts catalog, the ability to get to a buried story with not being readdressing to the previous page, a latest border was also designed.

In the year 2006 (26th of June), a new version of Digg was introduced known as version 3 “V3”. It had precise group meant for Technology, Science, World and Business, Videos, Entertainment and Gaming. Digg is linked to other bookmarking sites.

Furthermore, in the year 2010 (25th of August), again a new version of digg was introduced and it was known as “Digg V4”. This new version had some error in its programming and later it was corrected. As of the 1st of September 2010 a new CEO came into action and his name was Matt Williams who replaced Rose. The video below show Matt answering top ten user questions.

Characteristics of Digg

a)      Connections on Facebook

In the year 2009 (May), an innovative characteristic of Digg was introduced where Facebook was combined with Digg. When Facebook users get connected to Digg account then Digg stories can be shared on Facebook.

b)     Digg Dialogg

It permits Digg consumers to present queries to a previously chosen famed person who consents to do an interrogation with a journalist selected by Digg as shown in the video above.

 c)      Digg Bar

In the year 2009 (2nd of April), the website introduced “Digg Bar”. This presents a toolbar on top of a site letting its consumer to create short urls.

d)     Digg API

Another very advance feature of Digg known as “Application Programming Interface” (API) to its users. This permitted software inventors to engrave tools as well as appliance supported on inquiry of Digg’s unrestricted information from 2004.

Digg is a website where registration is free and anyone can become member of it as long as internet is connected. Digg also allows a user to sign in with his/her Facebook or Twitter account.  Apart from its members no one can digg or bury the story.the screen shot below shows the options to sign in to Digg.


Advantages

The advantages to using Digg is that you can get registered for free. User can also use Facebook or Twitter account to log in. Digg enables its users to link to other websites and share stories. They can also bring interesting stories to Digg and share it among its users. Majority of the time if a website turns out to be well-known in Digg then soon it becomes famed in other public media like del.icio.us. After the Digg Bar was introduced, the traffic volume for Digg increased by twenty percent therefore if you bookmark your site on Digg, you have the possibility of publicizing your website to millions of users.

Disadvantages

Like other Web 2.0 tools Digg also has some disadvantages like user needs to be a member to post comment or comment on others posts. The information available on the website is not always true since it is individuals own views about an issue. Also a lot of uncertainties in individual’s database can result in their site being not available for the short-term or else cause create troubles to their server. Moreover, sometimes the site becomes a little slow due to many users accessing the site at the same time or commenting on the same post. The site is managed by a group of core users which determines what site should appear on top or what gets sent to the bottom.

Conclusion

Being the social news website, Digg allows its users to vote tales, create their own posts and encourage pages as well as blog posts of their interest. Not only all these but videos and photos of interest can be placed. Teachers can put on study materials on the site and the students can use the site and get their study materials. Teachers can also give links to informational sites and students can visit that site through this link. Some teaching subjects such as physics can be better understood with the use of videos and diagrams, what teachers can do is that upload videos and pictures to this site and tell students about it. Later when students visit this site then they will get more information about the topic being taught and will understand it well. Students can also provide comments if the content available to them was useful.

Apart from teacher posting things on this site, there is already a lot of educational information on this site. Students can go through all the posting and can comment on it or create their own posting. Students can also share their ideas with other students or the users of Digg.  Students can use this site to clarify their doubts by posting question on which they are not clear or asking others as they what they think is correct or not. Not as for today, but the teachers and students can use information that happened long ago by digging.

By using Digg both the teacher and student relationship will strengthen. We all know that some students are sometimes uncomfortable in class while asking questions, so Digg is the place where they can ask questions and can get instant feedbacks by their teacher or Digg users. This will make teaching and learning process effective. Student’s knowledge will increase and of no doubt the teachers will be clearer in passing on valuable information. Hence it can be said that Digg is the place of questions and answers.

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