A couple of days ago, Kevin Rose took the CEO post at Digg and shortly after assuming the post Kevin’s first order of battle was to get rid of the controversial Digg toolbar aka DiggBar. Kevin announced it via the Digg blog:
Framing content with an iFrame is bad for the Internet. It causes confusion when bookmarking, breaks w/iFrame busters, and has no ability to communicate with the lower frame (if you browse away from a story, the old digg count still persists). It’s an inconsistent/wonky user experience, and I’m happy to say we are killing it when we launch the new Digg (sign up for the beta here).
Aside from the confusion highlighted by Kevin, the DiggBar was also reported to have been affecting website rankings. This lead many website owners to block it off instead.
Consequently, domains which have been previously banned will be unban. Digg will also stop applying restrictions on content but will apply automated filters that will prevent malware/virus/TOS violations.
The announcement came hot off the heels of an upcoming Digg site overhaul which should happen anytime soon and the surprised departure of previous Digg CEO, Jay Adelson.
Got some more surprises for us Digg users, Kevin?