Digg has launched new extensions for the Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers.
"A month ago, we announced new capabilities that let developers create writable applications with the Digg API," says Dig's Chris Howard. "We decided to put this to work ourselves and update our original Firefox Extension and also create a new Google Chrome extension at the same time. In both cases, you can now Digg stories as you browse the web, without having to come back to the Digg site each time."
The Chrome extension includes the Digg count for any URL. It's displayed to the right of the browser's address bar, and users can click it to see the title and comment count for that URL, as well as the button to Digg it. It also comes with ways to share any URL (like through Twitter, Facebook, and email).
There is a little more to the Firefox extension. It improves upon the existing FireFox extension. Digg has moved the Digg count and Digg button to the navigation bar, so the toolbar doesn't have to be open for users to Digg stories. The toolbar itself is shorter and has added keyboard shortcut functionality to make it easier to hide and show it.
"This makes it really simple to check out the Digg story details for a URL and then close it when you're done," says Howard.
Digg has also added controls in the toolbar settings, such as notification thresholds and a smaller notification box. These features were designed to make notifications less intrusive to the user.