By Stephanie Ciccarelli
June 12, 2007
What is Digg?
Why are there so many Diggs on a given article at Voices.com?
Find out how you can leverage the power of Digg and help the most relevant content get to the top of the charts!
As far as blogs go, being able to share your thoughts by commenting is a standard practice and probably the most universal way that readers let their favorite bloggers know that they appreciated a story or tip.
Did you know that there are other ways to give support or acknowledge the value of an article?
This week, we'll be looking more at Social Media and several of the tools you can use to ensure that content you think is useful or amazing can be recognized as such and found by others who have similar interests.
Say for instance you liked the article you read on CNN.com about several of your voice acting colleagues and Voices.com.
If you look at your options just above the comment box, you'll notice that there are a number of links, one of which says "Digg This!"
What's a Digg?
A Digg is a digital vote of confidence and public display of an article or resources popularity. At Digg.com, the more Diggs you have, the more popular your and relevant your article.
By the power invested in Social Media, your vote, or in the founders of Digg, Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht lingo, your "Digg" has influence, and with the strength of a large number of Diggs from other people, the article that you Dugg (Dugg is the past tense of Digg) can raise its profile significantly on the Digg.com website, giving it more publicity and spreading the word about the news item, resource, or popular article, resulting in more people finding it, Digging it and propelling your story to the top or coveted home page elevation on Digg.com.
What does all of that mean?
The original article that was Dugg (a Dugg item is something that you chose to Digg), and by association its author, is promoted to new heights and audiences, gaining the author an enormous amount of free web traffic and notoriety in the Digg community.
Getting on the Digg home page is just as good in some circles as getting on a national late night show or headline news.
The Digg community decides what gets its due, praising interesting and relevant content with Diggs. As these Diggs accumulate, the profile of the article and Digger rises significantly.
In a nutshell, that is the power of Digg.
So, now that you are familiar with Digg and the concept of Digging articles that you like or find useful, it's time to talk about how you can go about acquiring an account to Digg articles and show your enthusiasm for the content you appreciate!
Here are some simple instructions:
1. Go to Digg.com
2. Click "Join Digg" in the top right hand corner of the page
3. Fill out your registration information (this is FREE)
4. Agree to the Terms and Conditions (read them first and then agree)
5. Submit your application for a Digg account
After that, you should be all set.
You may have noticed that throughout the article, I've been capitalizing the words Digg and Dugg. This was done merely to introduce you to the new verbiage that you will encounter.
Just as Google is a verb now, so is Digg!
OK, once you have created your account at Digg, you are a free agent and can either submit new stories to Digg (Digg this story), Digg stories at Digg.com that interest you, or Digg stories submitted by other people at the Digg website or directly from their blogs.
Here's what the good folks at Digg have to say about why you should register:
* Become part of the editorial process by digging and burying stories.
* Submit new stories you find on the web.
* Follow what your friends are digging, submitting, and commenting.
* Keep a history of everything you digg.
* Customize the topics you want to follow.
* Get sneak previews of beta features.
Join the fun and exert your influence!
Sign-up at Digg.com for your free membership account and get Digging!