Just yesterday, news of Digg CEO Jay Adelson stepping down came out of nowhere, and Founder Kevin Rose was announced to be stepping in. It didn’t take long for some changes to start being made.
Today Digg announced that the Digg iFrame Toolbar is dead. "Framing content with an iFrame is bad for the Internet," said Rose. "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)," added. "That said, we will continue to iterate on our browser extensions for Firefox, Chrome, and IE. Look for seriously revamped versions of those in a few months."
The Diggbar was the subject of a great deal of controversy among webmasters as soon as it was launched. There were a lot of questions about where traffic was going, and Digg ultimately had to make changes to appease the crowd.
Rose also announced today that the new Digg will be unbanning all previously banned domains. "While we will apply automated filters to prevent malware/virus/TOS violations, no other restrictions will be placed on content," he said.
To re-iterate, the changes will not take place until Digg v4 is launched. According to Mike Arrington, Rose has expressed some amount of dissatisfaction with the new Digg in the past.
It should be interesting to see how much change actually comes to Digg with this new change in leadership.