The DiggBar Cometh

    April 2, 2009
    Chris Crum

Remember in late February when a new Digg Toolbar was uncovered via an image on Flickr? It was said to be coming out to take on StumbleUpon and TinyURL (and similar services) at the same time.

Well now we get a closer look at that as Digg prepares to roll out the DiggBar. Kevin Rose posted about it at Digg the Blog today and included the following video, which shows just what it does.

DiggBar from Kevin Rose on Vimeo.

According to Rose, the Digg Bar allows users to:

– Digg directly on the destination site: No more awkward toggling between the story page and Digg.

– Easily share stories: You can now create a shortened Digg URL to share on Twitter, Facebook or via email. You can also type before the URL of any page you’re on to create a short URL.

– Access additional analytics: See how many times a story has been viewed.

– View comments while on the story page: Clicking the ‘Comments’ button expands the DiggBar to show the top comment, latest comment, and most controversial without leaving the page.

– Discover related stories: Clicking the ‘Related’ button expands the DiggBar to highlight similar stories.

– See more stories from the same source: Clicking the ‘Source’ button expands the DiggBar to show you more Digg stories from that source site.

– Discover random stories: Click the ‘Random’ button and you’ll be brought to an entirely new, unexpected story.

So basically it is StumbleUpon meets TinyURL meets Digg with even more. I think this toolbar is going to be quite popular. It even gives you direct access to post shortened URLs on Twitter and Facebook. This thing’s going to get a lot of use.

It’s not available to everyone just yet, but from the sound of it, you won’t have to wait much longer if you can’t get it yet. Starting today, Digg is rolling out the DiggBar.