Connecting Digg with Facebook

    May 6, 2009
    Chris Crum

Back when Facebook Connect launched, Digg was among the names mentioned that would be utilizing the feature. Nothing has happened with that (at least publicly) until now. Digg has now gotten connected with Facebook Connect.

Digg: Facebook Connect Demo from Digg Meetups on Vimeo.

Facebook Connect lets third-party sites get integrated with Facebook, allowing Facebook users to invite their friends, as well as publish activities they engage in on the third-party site to their Facebook news feed.

With Digg, this includes diggs, comments, and submissions. So for example, when I am logged into Digg using Facebook Connect, I am presented with the option to publish it to my news feed when I digg a story. It then appears on Facebook looking something like this:

Digg - Facebook Connect

As you can see, it even presents the option for others to digg the item from Facebook. Admittedly, I have not engaged with Facebook Connect from other sites a whole lot, but I can see this particular integration catching on big time. I think Digg will see a nice increase in new users as a result.

"This represents one of the largest and more complex Facebook integrations to date," says Digg Founder Kevin Rose. "Over the past months, we have been working with the Facebook team to establish key standards and best practices, paving the way for future Facebook Connect partners. The team worked through several platform, data portability and scalability issues. We’ve given particular care to what the end-to-end experience look likes like as you enter, merge, or exit one or both services. The preference pages allow you to easily manage everything in one place and you always control the information you share."

To use Facebook Connect with Digg, simply log in to Digg, and you will be presented with the option to log in using FB Connect. You’ll always know when the feature is active, because there is a small Facebook icon that appears next to you profile pic at the top of the screen.