No matter how much we can be frustrated with Digg nonexistent customer support and powered-by-few story selection, we can’t ignore the site.
Why? If you are an Internet marketer, you need to know what’s hot online. If you are a link baiter, you need to know what appeals to the public. If you are a blogger, you need constant stream of news and inspiration. And if you are a social media marketer, you need to be connected to power Diggers.
So accept this, Digg is still useful and monitoring it helps a lot (I wanted to say “is a must” but then thought many successful online marketers can still do without it, so not a must but very helpful).
With the huge number of stories submitted and categories to track it is not easy to monitor Digg and spend minimum time for that. So let me share just a few most useful tools that save time but allow you to keep an eye on Digg activity:
- You can save time by not clicking through: you can get a summary of each story by clicking on it; you can also Digg the story and load associated images right within the tool.
- It has a plenty of options to configure for better monitoring and notifications:
Set up category and keyword filters: add keywords you want to see stories for, or filter out stories by a “bad word”:
Set up notifications: get notified when a story with specified keywords gets more than the specified number of Diggs:
Digg’s Top Stories
All it essentially does is keeping track of the most recent hot Digg stories and displaying the story title, short description and time it went hot. When clicked, the story description expands and the submission link appears.
Online Tools and RSS Filters
PiggFeed is an awesome online Digg RSS filter that allows to create Digg feeds by (the combination of!) numerous criteria:
- Category and subcategory;
- Number of entries;
- Number of Diggs (min and max);
- Embed media.
Disstill.com allows to filter stories by number of Diggs it has received so far.
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