it’s almost been a week since digg launched digg the candidates, and it’s about time i took a shot at it. the new section let’s you keep track of presidential candidates’ profiles on digg (i.e. their submissions, votes, comments, and so on) and add them as friends.
you can now check out the 2008 presidential candidates profiles on digg! add your favorite candidates as a friend to show support, and to see all their digging activity in your friends’ activity feed. many of them will be digging, commenting and even submitting content.
on the digg the candidate’s main page you will see a star next to each article by each candidate’s name, this article is the candidate’s most recent favorite. when you add a candidate as a friend, a box will also be created on your profile showing which candidates you have added.
there are three three parts to ‘digg the candidates’:
1. the 2008 election primary calendar
the election primary calendar is incredibly simple. it just displays dates and the corresponding states next to them.
a much more interesting implementation would’ve been to allow each candidate to create a campaign hub with a detailed calendar of events that their campaign plans to hold, including a list of televised appearances and addresses, sponsored debates, candidate endorsements, endorsed advertisements, and so on. then we would really be digging the candidates.
2. the candidate profiles ranking page
the main ‘digg the candidates’ page does several things.
the candidates are divided into two lists based on their party affiliations and are ranked based on the number of friends they have on digg. underneath each candidate’s ranked profile is the latest story they have made a favorite. finally, in the right sidebar, the page displays the recently popular stories from digg’s u.s. elections category along with the candidates’ recent profile activity.
3. individual candidate profile pages
the final piece of ‘digg the candidates’ is the actual candidate profiles. these profiles function exactly like the rest of the users’ profiles.
keep in mind that this is the first iteration of ‘digg the candidates’ and even then, the feature is in its very nascent stages and is bound to evolve and improve as we head into 2008. at the same time, if you’re expecting an in-depth look at the issues rather than a straightforward popularity contest, i would suggest you take a look at political base.