What is Digg?
is a website that allows you to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet, by submitting links and stories, and voting and commenting on submitted links and stories.
Voting stories up and down is the site's cornerstone function, respectively called digging
. Many stories get submitted every day, but only the most dugg stories appear on the site’s front page.
It typically takes between 75 and 150 diggs for an article to get promoted to the Digg front page.
On the Digg website, stories that have made the front page can be accessed via the Popular tab, with submitted stories that have not yet made the front page accessible via the Upcoming tab (see screenshot below). Like a newspaper, Digg divides its content into a variety of categories, allowing users to self select the kinds of information that read.
Stories and websites that appear on the front page of Digg enjoy huge influxes of traffic, with tens of thousands of new visitors being referred from a single link.
Registered users can also set up profiles, make friends with other users and send other users notes (called “shouts”) alerting them about interesting new content on the site.
How will the Pickens Plan be using Digg?
The Pickens Plan will be using Digg in two very focused ways:
1. We will generally be promoting positive news articles about the Pickens Plan that appear on various media outlets and blogs in an effort to spread the word about the Pickens Plan.
2. We will be submitting stories and action items that appear on www.pickensplan.com
to the site in hopes of building our site membership and generally increasing traffic.
The official Pickens Plan Digg account
will serve as the center of Pickens Plan activity on Digg.
What Can You Do to Help?
Following are the steps you can take to aid our efforts.
1. Create a Digg account.
Only registered users can digg and comment on stories on the site, so you’ll need an account in order to help out.
2. Start digging and commenting on stories.
Once you create your account, start participating. The best way to do this is to watch the Pickens Plan account
and vote for the stories we are promoting, although we will send periodic email reminders to everyone when we identify important stories we want to promote. Please also try to vote for other, non-Pickens stories you find interesting, as Digg rewards users who have a varied site history.
3. Join the Digger for Pickens Plan Group on Push.
This group will be used to help encourage our Push community to help in our efforts on Digg.
4. Recruit others to help in our efforts. Please encourage the people you encounter on Push and in other venues to help out with our efforts to promote Pickens Plan content on Digg.
Below are some online resources that provide more detailed explanations of how Digg works:
• Beginners Guide to Digg
• How Digg Works
• A Tour of Digg
• 8 Ways to Get to the Digg Front Page