Top 5 ways to get a story to the front page of digg

Social-bookmarking website digg.com is still primarily a technology news site, but it now has several other categories including videos and sports. Long-time users of digg have noticed that the home page stories often follow a very similar format. Here are my top 5 ways, in order, to get a story on the front page of digg.

(5) Submit it to the Apple category … Most digg users are also Mac users, or at least most of the more feverish digg users seem to be. There are folks who digg any story related even loosely to Apple. Also see number 2.

(4) Mention Ubuntu … For some reason, the Ubuntu community has a large presence on digg. There is almost always an Ubuntu post on the front page.

(3) “New Gmail Feature!” or “Gmail Bug!” … Who doesn’t have at least six Gmail accounts? Most digg users do, and anytime someone finds a new feature slipping in – such as a delete button or a change in font color – it’ll be on digg’s front page.

(2) “iPod Killer” … Details on the latest “iPod killing” music player is sure to soar to the front page, because everyone knows that the iPod isn’t going down anytime soon… especially not at the hands of Microsoft.

(1) Create a top 5 or top 10 list … Blogs have popped up where all they do is publish top 5 or top 10 lists to submit to digg… and it seems to work. People love countdowns – that’s the same principle that VH1 is operating on.

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Introducing the Quadra 950 T2S Gas-Powered Macintosh

In an age where computers are out of date as soon as they leave the factory, everyone in the media industry is searching for a way to get better performance out of that old equipment. The Quadra 950 T2S combines a computer with a two-stroke lawn mower engine and “outperforms the Macintosh G4!” Very funny video.

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Gadget Review: Sony Ericsson’s T290a

When it comes to cellular service, I'm a "pay as you go" kind of guy.

That was why I was a bit bummed when I accepted a job in rural northern Arkansas – a place where my Virgin Mobile service and my beloved Audiovox Snapper refused to go.

This was a blessing in disguise.

I immediately began shopping for a new cell phone deal. Turns out, Cingular is about all you can get in this land of beautiful rivers and mountains.

Cingular's pay-as-you-go service, Go Phone, seemed very appealing. Something that really sweetened the deal was the fact that for a dollar a day everytime I used the phone for a voice call I could recieve unlimited mobile-to-mobile on the Cingular network. Since everyone around here has Cingular, how could I resist?

This turned out to be a much better deal than Virgin's dollar-a-day plan. With those folks, you paid a dollar a day every day and got minutes for $0.10. With Cingular, my dollar a day gets me unlimited calls to anyone on Cingular, plus $0.10 a minute for non-Cingular network calls.

So I began the search for a phone. I resisted the urge to pick up a pre-paid pink RAZR (it really wasn't all the hard) and sided with the Sony Ericsson T290a, a sleek, lightweight black phone. When I got it out of the package I was immediately amazed at how small it was. For a $50 (including $10 airtime) phone, it looks very cool and feels suprisingly sturdy.

Sony Ericsson's T290a

I immediately had two major disappointments. First, it uses a freaky proprietary power connector. It is very easy to plug in, but pulling it out takes some getting used to (you lift up on the cord and it pops out).

My second disappointment was the fact that it uses a freaky proprietary USB connector… and it doesn't include one. Maybe I'm expecting too much for a prepaid phone.

Once it was charged up, I activated it and got my new number. I had no problems with the activation process and was using the phone in less than 5 minutes!

One thing that almost scared me away from this phone was the very small buttons. I have big fingers. But for some reason, I have little problem using these buttons. Also, the backlight could be better, but it is sufficient.

The interface is very well thought-out. Pressing the center key on the directonal pad brings up the "desktop" – a 3×3 grid of icons that can get you to all the features of the phone. The 3×3 grid corresponds to keys one through nine, making it easy to navigate through the phone.

One quirk that freaked me out at first was the fact that the left side volume controls don't turn up the ring volume while on the home screen. They instead bring up a status message that tells you the model of your phone and the current date. The volume buttons only adhere to their stated purpose when you are making a call.

A Cingular icon sitting below he "Yes" key brings up a nice menu that includes functions to lock the keypad, turn the phone on or off silent, open the WAP browser, a note-taking application, and more.  It is nice to have these features just a few clicks away.

The phone doesn't have a screensaver option – when left alone for a few minutes, it goes to a black screen with the time displayed on it.  It does include the ability to change the background of the home screen and the overall look of the phone. 

The color screen can look a little "washed out" at times, but with some modifications to the default background and theme, it looks perfectly fine.

All of the applications on the phone are pretty standard with the exception of the messaging program.  It is very robust and includes support for POP and IMAP email as well as AOL Instant Messenger – things which are pretty unheard of on the pay-as-you-go scene.

The battery life is exceptional – during my three day period of heavy-testing of the phone (making lots of calls, playing games, testing settings) I never had to recharge it.  I haven't been using it nearly as much now and it has nearly been a week since I last plugged this bad boy into the wall.  The battery display meter still shows well over half a charge, however.

Overall, I highly reccomend this phone.

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Keep an eye on my diggs

While I do post some of the best things I encounter on digg here, there are many more good stories that don't quite make the Blog's cut.  To check out those, keep an eye on my digg profile – digg.com/users/mattnelson.  Keep an eye on the RSS feed too – digg.com/rss/mattnelson/index2.xml.

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World’s First Commercially Available Bluetooth Watch

A wristwatch with Bluetooth – when your cell phone rings, the watch displays the caller data. It even tells you if you accidently leave your cell phone behind! I can't wait to get one… but they are only avaliable in Japan.

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Working Model of the $100 Laptop Arrives

Images of the $100 laptop. I first talked about this piece of hardware in this October 7th, 2005 print column. It is being targeted at kids in developing countries.  Certainly a worthy project.
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