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Digg Talks About Improving Its Mobile Site

Digg's Mobile Site Gets Millions of Page Views Per Month

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Digg has posted an update about its mobile strategy. The company says its mobile site accounts for millions of page views per month.

"The use case of ‘I have a few minutes to kill, inform me.’ fits Digg well," says Digg’s Andrew Hedges. "Mobile is a high priority for us and, personally, I’d love for us to increase our traffic to m.digg.com by a factor of 10."

"At a high level, our primary technical goal is to serve mobile Digg to users as fast as possible," he adds. To do so, Digg aims to minimized the number of bytes across the wire, reduce latency by minimizing the number of request, and minimize the time to first byte for all requests, as he outlines.

Digg Mobile - Will be improvedDigg will initially target WebKit-enabled smartphones for a better mobile experience, as they account for the majority of m.digg.com traffic. Eventually, they will worry about support for other mobile platforms.

Currently, iPhone users are getting a temporary version of the new site when they go to m.digg.com, which the company acknowledges is "sub-optimal".

Hedges talks more technically about things like doctype, CSS, Java, response formats, and redirects in the post.

Meanwhile, as Digg prepares to improve its mobile experience, it is also sending out more invites to the new version of Digg.com.

Digg Talks About Improving Its Mobile Site
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    Very interesting news for those building mobile web applications — we can use some of the research that Digg has already done in this area and actually save time in figuring out what the best course of action is.

    I’m actually somewhat surprised that they didn’t decide to go with a mobile stylesheet — seems like they have the technical chops to tackle that.

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