Finding your old stories with Digg's Search vs. Google. Guess who wins?
Some of you already know this, but if you don't it will save you a lot of time. Digg's Search Could use some improvements, I try looking up old stories I've Dugg, and end up using Google instead, almost every time. I use Digg on a daily basis, not only to read interesting stories and important news, but sometimes to look up an old story I Dugg and reap its benefits. Most of the time, I'm looking up an old story to find a link to a free download I found on Digg while I was at work and want it at home, or a Photoshop tutorial, CSS tips, etc. Useful stuff. What bugs me is you can't choose the time period or scope of your search at the top of the window. The default time period when you search from the top of page is the “Last 7 Days.” 99% of the times I search, I'm searching for an OLD story, imagine that. If I wanted to find a story from the past 7 days, it would be a lot easier to find, and I might not even need to use the search, especially if it was a popular story. Some of you may think this is ridiculous, but for those of us who digg a large amount of stories, a search feature should be the easiest way to find dugg stories. In Digg.com's case this just simply isn't true.
One other thing: Do you ever get the error message saying digg is experiencing high traffic, try your search later? NO! I want to search RIGHT NOW! That's usually when I go to Google.
I chose an old story I dugg and tested this theory to illustrate how Google finds Digg stories Faster than Digg.
I remember a cool story I saw on Digg a while back with a 360 degree underwater panorama that I thought was really cool. (Notice that it was made popular 17 days before this experiment). So Lets try to find it on Digg first, then Google.
I searched from digg using the search term “underwater panorama”
This is what I got as a result:
So I changed the scope of the search to “Last 30 Days”
And . . this is what I got as a result:
Now lets try Google, Shall we?
I used the same exact search term “underwater panorama,” except I added the word “digg” in front. This usually finds the story you are looking for every time, with Google.