As Digg works to perfect its service and enhance one of it’s latest features, the Diggbar, they have re-added a nice component that was taken down shortly after launch: view counts.
Well, they’ve sort of brought it back. Looks like it’s still in beta or development or something because as of right now, the counts are way off.
As you can see above, this story that is currently at the top of the right sidebar on the homepage shows 8,536 views after 4287 Diggs. Multiply that view count by 10 and you’re probably closer. Just in case there was a lag, we checked an older story that should have all views tabulated by now:
Nope. Better, but definitely not accurate yet. Here are the possible reasons:
- They are only counting views by those who are logged in and allowing the Diggbar to populate once clicked. This is highly unlikely because the counts would still be too low and the whole reason they took the component of the feature down in the first place was to combat this issue.
- There’s a tremendous lag in stat compilation. Again, highly unlikely, as the development of real time views tracking was pretty much perfected earlier in the decade. A minor lag is fine, but both of the stories above should have much higher counts by now.
- We stumbled upon it while it’s being plugged into the sites, the bugs are working themselves out while I’m typing, and the counts should be much more accurate by the time you’re reading this. This is extremely probably. In fact, that’s the story we’re going with.
What does this mean for Digg? Those who use the site regularly know the tremendous power that a Digg front page can have. Thousands, tens of thousands, and occasionally even hundreds of thousands of views can be driven to a site from the Digg front page. For many, it’s the reason they joined in the first place.
In our social media world, this is a common fact. Those who are more casual Digg users may not know. They probably will now and there’s a good chance that they’ll tell someone.
Otherwise, it’s just a nifty little feature, but it’s valuable to me. Thank You Digg for bringing it back.
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