Digg Spy 2.0

As a big fan of Digg.com I\’m very pleased that Digg Spy 2.0 was released. The new version includes new features and you can spy (in real-time) on all site-wide activity, all powered by AJAX auto update. It\’s very useful if you don\’t want to miss Digg updates.

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How it works –
After loading, Spy automatically polls digg every few seconds for the latest site- wide activity. The Spy page is then updated via AJAX to show the latest happenings.

Choose what you want to spy on –
In the upper right corner of Spy are four checkboxes. These checkboxes represent the type of activities you can spy on:

\"Digg The new page icon spies on newly submitted or promoted stories.
\"Digg The thumbs up icon spies on newly dugg stories.
\"Digg The thumbs down icon spies on stories as they are being buried/reported.
\"Digg The message icon spies on new comments posted to a story.

If you deselect any of these icons Spy will stop looking for that type of activity. (Example: deselecting everything but comments (yellow icon) will only spy on new comments)

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Digg Spy 2.0 also allows you to spy on different areas. By default you spy on all stories. You can also choose between queued stories and front page stories. Digg queue is the repository for all newly submitted stories so if you want to promote new Digg stories, \”spy on queued stories\” is your place. Selecting \”spy on front page stories\” display the current activities of stories promoted in frontpage only.

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If stories are updating too fast, you may want to pause. Play and pause controls are located near the colored icons. The pause icon is too small and is easily forgotten by users so take note of that.

New to Digg? Here is a brief introduction from Digg website: Digg is a technology news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on the homepage, the users do.

Links:
Digg Spy: http://digg.com/spy [ Digg news ]
Digg Blog: Digg Spy 2.0 Released
Digg, Digg spy, AJAX

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Flock Developer Preview

\'Flock I was closely watching Flock\’s development for quite sometime already. Yesterday, the Flock team has finally released Flock 0.4.8

Flock Developer Preview is now available.

Our code couldn\’t wait any longer to be free!

But! This preview ain\’t for the faint of heart! If you\’re the bleeding-edge type and don\’t mind a few scrapes and busted knees from time to time, feel free to give it a whirl.

We\’ve got interesting ideas in this thing. We want to know what we\’ve done right how we could improve. And we\’ve got a lot of work ahead of us!

So if a bucket of source code and developer binaries sound enticing, head over to our Developer page now.

If you don\’t have any idea what\’s this browser is all about, think about Firefox with extended functionality. There\’s a built in support for social bookmarking del.icio.us and native support for Flickr. It also sports integrated blog posting feature; however, it only supports several blog APIs at the moment including Blogger, Movable Type and WordPress.

It has a very beautiful and sleek theme. I just think users may find it quite confusing because the Bookmarks are called \”Favorites\”, just like IE\’s. There\’s also a star feature (reminds me of Gmail\’s!) where you can share your bookmarks to del.icio.us. There are more great ideas about this browser waiting to be implemented. The Flock team are still vigorously coding to surpass the expectations they are getting. If already noticed, Flock is fork of Firefox. Flock Inc was inspired of social bookmarking and web 2.o that they collaborated with Flock browser. In fact some Flock developers where old Mozilla engineers and some of them had worked on several Firefox projects. In fairness, it looked like a rip off version of Firefox with preloaded extensions and modified aesthetics. Die-hard Firefox fans would scorn at it most of the times.

Please note that Flock is not your ordinary browser and steep learning curve should be expected when using for the first time. There are plenty of bugs in this first development preview release so you should not use it in any mission critical browsing tasks.

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Bear in mind that Flock was based on Firefox 1.5 beta source codes, so if you want to try it, prepair for the worst. Now, get your copy of Flock now.

Link: http://www.flock.com/developer

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