Digg CEO Matt Williams: We'll Unbury the Bury Button

Matt Williams, who left Amazon.com to claim the CEO chair at Digg at the end of August, introduced himself in a post on the Digg Blog, in which he revealed that the bury button will soon be unburied.

Williams succeeded former Digg CEO Jay Adelson, and Kevin Rose assumed the title of chief architect.

From Williams’ post:

It’s certainly been an eventful first month on the job. As many of you know, the launch of Digg v4 didn’t go smoothly, and we’re deeply sorry that we disappointed our Digg community in the process. Thank you for your patience and your extremely candid feedback — we hear you loud and clear.

Recently, we’ve been reinstating a number of the features that many of you loved about Digg. In the past two weeks, we’ve brought back the “Upcoming” section, started restoring user profiles from the previous version of Digg, and made small but important tweaks to the site, including better pagination. In the next few weeks, we’ll bring back the bury button, restore all user profiles (including comment and submission history), add filters and navigation for videos and images, provide a tool for users to report comment violations, and update the Top News algorithm and overall site design based upon your feedback. The result will hopefully be a much better Web site experience.

I’d also like to share some insight beyond what you may have seen or heard in the press. Despite the changes to our platform at the end of August, there were still 23 million unique visitors worldwide using Digg last month. Digg today is a much faster Web site, operating on an open-source platform. And with the launch of My News, you now have more personalized control on Digg by filtering news with the help of friends and others you choose to follow.

Digg has always been a place where users help one another find out what’s interesting, fun, and important. Unfortunately, our relaunch managed to get in the way of that happening. I don’t need to tell you that without the Digg community, we’re just another news Web site. So we’re working hard to quickly improve the Digg experience. Our top priority is to make Digg as good as it used to be. Then we plan to make it even better, through innovations in both Top News and My News.

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