The implosion of Digg is happening. It is an unstoppable conclusion to events that have been in motion since last week and will continue until the full implosion event similar to to the final shrinking of the universe.
Everything went better than expected.
As promised, time-stamps have returned to stories, including how long a story has been in Top News and when a story was actually submitted.
The axles seem to be breaking less and less.
Users are almost frolicking, submitting content to Digg rather than Reddit, Mixx, and anywhere else that would have them.
Today, things almost seem normal for Digg.
We’ll monitor the situation. There’s still a certain level of trepidation. Could it be real? Only time will tell.
UPDATE: Kevin Rose’ Reply – “We still have work to do — expect to see ongoing tweaks to the promotion algorithm, upcoming coming back, and a few other fixes. It’s going to be another week or two, but know that we are working hard on these problems. Thank you.”
Spam has made it to the front page from time to time as they tweak the algorithm. Moderation is swift and spam stories are being removed shortly after making Top News.
Historical domain data seems to have been erased (as Rose eluded to when alpha testing was announced) which is allowing domains such as Splice Today to hit the front page when the old Digg ignored it for nearly 2 years. Those who may have lost hope in the past can give it another shot.
Stories are hitting more quickly, often in less than an hour, but other stories are still hitting even after 24 hours.
Day 1 of Digg V4.1 seems to be a move in the right direction.