Finally, a toolbar I might actually use. Digg unveiled their new toolbar/URL shortner today, though it’s not a toolbar in the traditional sense. Instead of downloading an add-on all you have to do is add digg.com/ to the front of the URL you’re currently viewing. How clever is that? The service will take you to a shortened URL, suitable for sharing on Twitter, as well as bringing all the goodness of Digg into a subtle, compact toolbar above the page. From there you can digg or submit a story, view comments from other diggers, bury the story, see related stories or peruse random stories that have already made the front page of Digg.com. Your Facebook and Twitter friends don’t have to be out of the loop since share buttons for the two services are also included. Check out the video below for a demo:
I really like this new feature which aims to take on Stumbleupon and tinyURL at the same time. To make it even easier to use I wrote a bookmarklet that you can use to add digg.com/ to the front of any URL with the click of a button. Just like a real toolbar! To use it drag the link below to your bookmark toolbar.
Update: Nevermind, you’re probably better off using the official DiggBar bookmarklet.
My co-worker Paulo was on Fox 5’s News Edge at 11 last night. He shot some video of a large crowd at the Foggy Bottom metro station yesterday morning. For whatever reason two of the three escalators were stopped with the third going down. There were more people trying to go up and out of the station that a huge line formed as grumpy commuters trudged up the long flight of stairs. Some people even decided to go up against the moving escalator fighting the sparse crowd trying to enter.
With a little help from social networking and a lot more luck, Paulo’s footage made it onto the local news. Here is the chain of events:
- Paulo shoots the footage on his way to work.
- Paulo posts the footage to the DC-centric blog WeLoveDC.com.
- The story gets submitted to the social news site Digg.com where I throw my support behind it and give it my vote.
- Stories that I digg get posted to my mini-feed on Facebook because I have linked my Digg and Facebook accounts together.
- The dugg story ends up in a friends news feed who happens to work at Fox 5.
- My friend IMs me thinking I shot the video but I forward him on to Paulo.
- Fox 5 sets up an interview with Paulo later that afternoon.
And this is the final result.
Another co-worker Mike Weinstein (guy in blue shirt) made a brief appearance in the video by simply showing up at the same time as Paulo’s interview. I had nothing to do with that one.
Be sure to check out Paulo’s take on all of this.