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Digg to release new API

Digg to release new API

Digg.com, the web fire hose of fascinating stories on the internet, is preparing to up the pressure. On Wed., the San Francisco-based content-sharing site is anticipated to release a new version of its application programming interface, or API. The changes are targeted at simplifying the way application developers have interaction with the Digg platform, and will supply a fresh way for application programmers to permit Digg users and remotely let them do something on stories.

Jeff Hodsdon, Digg's lead developer on the project, claims the concept was to make it less complicated and more clear for developers working with the Digg platform. He is saying that with the prior REST-based API there were stuff like naming bewilderment, thanks to "digg" being both a verb and a noun. Likely more crucial for users is the incontrovertible fact that the new writable API will possibly mean less complicated content sharing. Users will be in a position to permit an application thru a protocol called OAuth and permit it to send actions to Digg for them. For instance, you might vote up, or "digg," a tale on Forbes.com without having to leave the site. That, announces Hodsdon, means a likely increase in the quantity of actions shared thru the platform.

The API doesn't provide for the remote submission of stories, but the Digg developer announces such additions are maybe only half a year off.

"There are some obstructions we want to overcome in copy detection and captcha," he is saying. "We are taking a peek into it." the change from a read-only to writable API marks a movement in plan for Digg, which in recent months has concentrated on growing through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. In the year, Digg has included its user accounts with Facebook and launched with an effort called the "DiggBar" directed at making it simpler to take action on links shared thru sites like Twitter.