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Digg says I’m 1337… w00t!

Taking a look at the cookies a website stores is a great way to see what information they’re interested in. Of course, they could just store an identifier and correlate all other information on their server… but sometimes it’s just easier for volatile data not to bug the database.

… so much for the serious part of this post …

But there are also times when cookies transport key statements!!

Digg.com feature idea: longish story filter

Just a quick little idea that crossed my mind, I can live without it but maybe it’s inspiring… and since Kevin Rose always claims his job evolves around new Digg.com features, this little idea is for him.

First off,

Digg.com’s technical abilities are awesome! Page crawling on submission, scanning for potential story images, guessing duplicates and what not. So that little feature shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the geniuses behind it… 😉

Alright so here’s the deal

Adding a filter for longish articles!

Detect an article’s length (either automatically or by letting the submitter graphically choose the div tag containing it), and compare it to a per-user-configurable length threshold. Articles exceeding that threshold are filtered. Add a quick on/off switch in a corner of the digg.com website and voila…

Why would I want to use that feature?

If you’re like me, there are days where you’re just lazy. On these days, I just have to open an article written in a small font, taking up more than a few screens and I’m out. So why not implementing a filter that does exactly this, right on digg.com?

Welcome, Web2.0!

Allthough I still don’t know if I should approve all the hype about the so-called “Web2.0”, I felt it’s power for the first time as a developer today and I must say: it’s freakin’ impressive.

No it isn’t the first time I came in touch with the technologies enabling Web2.0 (in fact, as a developer, I’m into the news all the time and as a web user I see new widgets appear every day), but writing my first bit of code with Ajax, in combination with a service provided by a third party website, is quite impressive.

You can actually see the result right here in my blog: I wrote the little widget in the right menu bar that says “Recently dugg”. Once you click “Refresh”, it will go out to digg.com and fetch the last couple of stories I dugg over there. I shall add some effects of my jsAnimation package; I’ll check that out later.

I developped it as a WordPress plugin. Don’t know if there is already one that does the job, I just wanted to check out the technologies and see if the handling is ok. I’ll eventually release it under GPL, not sure about that though…

Update: Just added a nice-looking “processing” image that benefits from my jsAnimation sruff… Looks and feels really good now 🙂