After rolling out its new Digg Toolbar which received quite some apprehension from critics, the Digg blog is announcing that the site’s search tool has just been improved, to put it in David Burka’s words -it is now 99.987% less sucks.The new Digg Search aims to give Digg users the best possible stories at the top of the results right away. Search results were based on timeliness, Digg counts, keywords, and others.
Aside from the improved search algorithms based on those criteria, the new Digg search was also given a facelift – meaning better interface.
Specifically, the Digg blog listed 7 improvements of the Digg Search feature:
- search results filtering by Digg count, topic, time etc.
- advanced shortcuts (see list here)
- common search tricks
- search results trending by way of a graph
- more effective domain searching
- more useful RSS feeds
- faster search
I tried doing some search and I would have to admit that the search function is indeed pretty fast. The search results are now more organized and better looking. Although, I’m still looking forward to more improvements in the coming days.
Quite interestingly, Loren observed that the Digg search results is displaying sponsored ads served by Google AdWords instead of ads coming from Microsoft which happens to be Digg’s advertising partner.
Anyway, try the new Digg search and see for yourself how much of an improvement the functionality brings to your overall Digg experience.