In case you are unaware of what Digg is, it is a social news site where any member can submit an interesting article link that they find on the web, and then all members can vote on whether they like it or not. If it is very popular and gets a lot of votes, it is moved to the front page of the website, so everyone is sure to see it.
But it is a bit more social than that...you can even comment on the articles, make friends, leave shout messages to each other, etc.
But there is a serious problem with the website. It is NOT snail friendly. If you are the owner of an older slower PC, you could end up ripping your hair out while trying to use the site, as a recent rant on my personal blog shows.
The last thing I asked in my rant post, was if anyone knew of a Digg Lite and if they did to please supply the URL. Nobody came to my rescue with a link for me to try, though.
I did a little looking around on the site and a bit of digging of my own, partly in the source code of the very slow digg.com site, originally looking for ways to make the site load faster, possibly by blocking unnecessary ad servers in my HOSTS file.
Instead, I found something even better. What I found were two links, one of which was commented out in the code, so it wouldn't appear on the page.
I am happy to announce that owners of older slower computers do not have to suffer with Digg's over-scripted, slow loading, bloated main site. There are two other options that you can try.
First, you will need to have a Digg account, which you can only obtain on the main site. So if you are having problems with loading or using that site, I suggest you use another computer to sign up. Do it at a friend's or relative's house, or school, work, or a library if you have to. Once you have an account, you are all set to go to one of the alternative sites and start Digging.
The first alternative site is their mobile version that is meant for hand-held portable devices, like cell phones and PDA's. But it will work fine in your desktop browser, as well, and it is much lighter than the main site, with much less scripting.
Give this one a try first and see if your browser and computer can handle it before trying the even lighter version. This could be all you will need.
When you click a link on the main list page, you are taken to an individual article page where you can access the link to the web page where the article appears, vote on the article, plus read comments. Sometimes some of the comments look a little messed up or seem a bit out of order, but the majority are still readable.
The only things you will not be able to do is the more social interactive features such as make comments, browse profiles, leave shouts to friends, or submit article links of your own. But there is still plenty of fun to be had with this version, with what features it does supply.
Digg Ultra Lite
Now if you have tried the lighter mobile version and it still isn't working out for you and you need something even lighter, there is Digg River, the original ultra lite mobile site with very little scripting and very little in the way of features.
It is just the headlines, links, and descriptions, along with a voting button. There is nothing social about this version...no comments or any other features.
It is very good for finding interesting things to read, though. Plenty of that there. And if you hate the comments on Digg and would prefer never to see them again, this version is definitely for you. This is the one I prefer, and precisely for that reason.
Comfort Tip: If the text on the Digg River page is too small for you to read, try holding down your CTRL key and hitting the plus (+) key till it is a comfortable size. (If this affects other web pages, hold down the CTRL key and hit the minus (-) key till it is normal size again)
So now you don't have to be left out of Digg entirely, just because you have an older slower computer. You can still enjoy yourself, as long as you don't mind giving up the more social features, in the process.
Take me to bloated Digg.com
Take me to the lighter mobile Digg
Take me to the ultra lite Digg River
Read Digg's blog article about Digg River
Read my original rant about Digg