Digg Is Looking for a Few Good Beta Men (and Women)

Just days after the beta rollout of Digg Newswire, Digg put out the call for beta-testers for what it called its “next innovation.”

Just days after the beta rollout of Digg Newswire, Digg put out the call for beta-testers for what it called its “next innovation.”

Digg Newswire, which debuted earlier this week, displays submitted stories in real-time, and content is sorted by trending (most popular), recent (order of submission), topic, media type (text, images, video), minimum Diggs, or maximum Diggs.

As for the next innovation, CEO Matt Williams posted on the Digg Blog:

Up next: a better way to discover relevant news from the people you trust, on the topics you care about most. I’d like to invite you to participate as a beta user in our next innovation at Digg.

Over the past 3-6 months, I have really enjoyed meeting with Digg community members and hearing a lot of great feedback. I’ve been asked one particular question many times: Where is Digg headed? Our short-term plan has been to listen closely to our users and create a significantly better experience on Digg.com, which has been our consistent focus in 2011. Our long-term plan is to build active communities around major news topics. As we move forward with this long-term goal, I’m especially excited about the recent Newswire release. It’s a small but critical part of Digg’s new direction

Very soon, we’ll start beta-testing and scheduling user groups for our next innovation. We’re eager to share our new direction and to hear your opinions. If you’re interested in participating in our upcoming beta, please add yourself to our invite list.

I’ll close with kudos to our awesome team at Digg for their hard work on the Newswire launch. In just a few short days, we’ve already seen a significant increase in activity on Digg coming from Newswire. Thanks also to those users who provided valuable input prior to the Newswire release, and to the thousands of users who also weighed in after launch. Please keep the feedback coming.