Digg’s URL Shortener Will Not Work for Non-Digg Links
By on May 5th, 2010

Earlier, we saw Digg launching new and improved buttons and widgets for blogs and websites. Now the Digg team has decided to shut down the Digg URL shortener on May 17th, 2010.

The Digg URL shortener doesn’t work if you want to shorten any URL other than a Digg story. However, if you had earlier shortened links using the Digg URL shortener, they will continue to work as expected.

Here is an official announcement:

As of May 17th, 2010, the Digg short URL feature will be available only for URLs that refer to stories submitted to Digg. Users will continue to be able to share their favorite Digg stories by generating a short URL via the “Share” button. However, it will not be possible to generate a short URL for a web URL that does not refer to a submitted story on Digg. The “shorturl.create” method in Digg API will be deprecated as of that date. Previously generated Digg short URLs will continue to operate beyond this date.

Users will be able to share Digg stories using the “Share” button but the URL shortener will not work for external URL’s. This move may be a part of the design makeover they are planning to implement, but why kill the old features which so many users use? First they removed the Digg bar and now the URL shortener, god knows what’s next.

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Author: Amit Banerjee Google Profile for Amit Banerjee
Amit has been writing for Techie Buzz since early 2009 and keeps a close eye on web apps, Google and all things Tech. He also writes at his own tech blog, Ampercent. Follow him on Twitter @ amit_banerjee

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  • http://dtechwiz.blogspot.com Karthik Prabhu

    Amit, let's wait and see how the new design will look like. They may add a few features not currently available. Hopefully the new design will be better and more powerful than the current one.

    • http://www.ampercent.com Amit

      Yes, since Kevin Rose became Digg's CEO, there has been a lot of changes

 
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