May 24, 2007 |
Let me start this entry off with some perspective: “Diggspose” sucks. It’s terrible. Absolutely terrible.
Digg Expose, a mashup of Digg.com and Snap.com’s polarizing code (there are those who love it and those who hate it) created in the wonderfully rich environment that is Adobe Flash and even hosted by Yourminis, is a showcase item of good ingredients – supposing Snap falls into the bucket of “good” Web 2.0 inventions – put together in a bad way.
I first came across this mashup via a post on Webware, CNET’s blog about the world of web apps. I must say I was intrigued upon first glance [of the corresponding screenshot]. Within the image you’ll find a pleasant Yourminis-esque horizontal bar fixed to the top, with a group of miniature screenshots of various webpages linked on Digg scattered about the window. It looks compelling.
The “preview” of the mashup, however, is only a preview, and if you pay a visit to Digg Expose (in honor of the OS X desktop management feature), you may quickly find it to be somewhat of an annoyance; in my own experience, a major one.
Digg Expose wouldn’t be so terrible if the assortment of windows wasn’t set to shuffle in intervals automatically. It’s disorienting, to say the least. I can understand why it’s creators opted to include such a feature – it can make for a little entertainment – but it really serves no purpose other than to frustrate the user. Stick around long enough, and it even gets a bit dizzying.
To finish the Webware post on the item, Josh Lowensohn reminds that on Thursday May 24th, 2007 Digg would reveal the list of the top 10 finalists in the company’s API visualization contest, and they’ve done so. Among them, Digg Expose stands fairly tall. (It is second from the top in number of ‘diggs’ at the moment.) I do trust however that entries like Digg Charts or Wheel of the Upcoming will trump Digg Expose in the end.
No hard feelings for the creator(s) of Digg Expose, of course. I myself couldn’t so much as hope to fashion anything a fraction as well.