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How Digg Works

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The Digg Layout
Digg's registration page
Digg's registration page
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If you want to go beyond reading the homepage stories, here's a breakdown of the primary actions you'll take at Digg.com:

Register

Creating a Digg account takes only a few seconds. Once you have an account, you can access all of the Web site's features and take an active role in submitting and Digging stories.

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Before submitting your story, you should specify what category it fits into.
Before submitting your story, you should specify what category it fits into.
(HSW Screenshot, no credit)

Browse and Digg

The Popular tab on Digg shows the stories that have received the most Diggs from users. Browse for stories within the Digg "Upcoming Stories" queue, and let Digg know which stories you like by clicking the "Digg" button to the left of each story title. (Every story you Digg gets saved to your account for later viewing, so you end up with a running list of everything you've ever Dugg.) The more Diggs a story gets, the better its chances of making it to the homepage. You can also ­browse the queue by category.

Digg also has tabs that let you filter feeds into news stories, videos, images and podcasts. You can even customize the categories that show up in your Digg view. Interested in the tech industry, but don't give a fig about motorsports? No problem. Just click a few check boxes and Digg will filter your stories so that you get exactly what you want.

Comment

If you discover a story you find particularly interesting and have something to add or would like to discuss it with other Digg users, just click the "comments" link beneath the story description. You can add your own comment at the bottom of the comments page.

­Bury

As a Digg user, your help is appreciated in reporting duplicate stories (not allowed), dead links, incorrect stories, oldness, lameness and spam by clicking the corresponding link in the "problem" drop-down list below each story description. When a story gets enough reports, or "buries," it disappears from the Digg queue and only appears in search results and user profiles.

Submit

Finally, you can post a story to the Digg queue yourself and hope other users find it interesting enough to Digg it straight to the front page. It's actually a lot of fun to see if your story makes it. All you need to do is click "Submit a Story" on the upper right-hand side of the homepage, do a keyword or URL search and, if it appears your story hasn't been submitted yet, provide a title, a link and a short description of the story you're posting.

The submission immediately appears in the Upcoming Stories queue where anybody can see it.

It'll either get enough Diggs to move to the homepage or eventually disappear if it doesn't get enough Diggs or it gets reported by multiple users. In the next section, we'll look at special Digg features.