Digg Citation Search bookmarklet

If you have one or more blog posts “Digged”, Digg might yield more incoming traffic than Blog Search engines like Google Blog Search or Technorati – even long after the story got dugg, and without getting even close to the Digg Frontpage. Lots of people use Digg as a search engine – and because of its huge popularity, Digg might be more important a search engine than Technorati or Google Blog Search, even if the search feature for Digg is secondary.

Digg searches are analogous to the above-mentioned blog searches:

  • full text search for keywords in story titles and descriptions
  • a link search to list the stories digged with (and within!) that url, or…
  • stories pointing to a specific url

Which is why I adopted my Google Blog search bookmarklet to a Digg version:

Digg Search Bookmarklet installation


  • Right-click this link: Search Digg and choose “Bookmark This Link”
  • Click the “Create in” dropdown and choose “Bookmarks Toolbar Folder”
  • (quick alternative: drag Search Digg to your links toolbar…)

Internet Explorer

  • Right-click this link: Search Digg and choose “Add to Favorites”
  • Click “Yes” if there is a “May not be safe” popup
  • Choose “Links” in the “Create in” pane and click “OK”

Using the bookmarklet

  • Select a keyword or a phrase in your browser and click the bookmarklet, and you’ll get a list of “hot stories” on that subject.
  • With nothing selected, get the digged stories who have a url containing your current location (you probably will want to start from a homepage, e.g. to see the “Digg popularity of a certain blog, unless you search for stories pointing to a specific frequently discussed URL like www.google.com/calendar ).
  • Firefox users: open a new tab with CTRL+T, click the bookmarklet, and you’ll be prompted for a seach query

The bookmarklet yields searches ordered by number of Diggs, but you can easily modify the “http://digg.com/search?xxx=” phrase in the javascript to any of the advanced options by test-and-replace. Digg will probably not be your most often used search engine, but it definitely has its place next to general search (probably Google), mainstream news (Google News), resources (del.icio.us!) and blog search (I use both Technorati and Google Blog search)…

Inspired by “Digg for Power users“, via Steve Rubel.

9 Responses to “Digg Citation Search bookmarklet”

  1. Micro Persuasion Says:

    Digg Search Bookmarklet…

    Pascal Van Hecke has developed two essential bookmarklets that are worth adding to your toolbar. The first, which is brand new, searches digg for relevant citations. There are two ways to use it: a) select a keyword or a phrase…

  2. Miel Says:

    Heheh. Dan is het weeeeken stil, staat hij er gelijk weer, én hoe ! Nice work !

  3. John Says:

    I was just wondering how did you get the “Digg this story right here” to display? I tried using the “Blog This” button on Digg… and it sure doesn’t look like your entry.


  4. Ramu Says:

    Nice one. Always good to find another Digg tool.

  5. Digg Search Bookmarklet » Project Syndicate Says:

    […] The first, which is brand new, searches digg for relevant citations. There are two ways to use it: a) select a keyword or a phrase in your browser, click the bookmarklet, and you’ll get a list of “hot stories” on that subject or b) with nothing selected, hit the bookmarklet and it sends the current URL you’re on to digg and pull up its status if it has indeed been dugg. […]

  6. mark gilman Says:


    Totally off topic: Did you ever get an answer to your question if Koha can be installed in a shared hosting environment? I’m interested in that.

    All the best,
    Mark (in Dallas, TX)

  7. Pascal Says:

    Wow, Koha… that’s a long time ago :)

    I’ve been delving in my mails from that period, and the answer would be:

    – theoretically yes, but your hoster needs to
    — have the right perl version and modules, — and/or needs to allow you to install them
    — have the ability to define subdomains because the koha version then (in 2004) was set up using subdomains

    Some relevant links I put together in a wiki back then:

    http://lists.katipo.co.nz/public/koha/2004/003074.html perl on a shared account
    http://lists.katipo.co.nz/public/koha/2004/003055.html installing koha without shell access
    http://lists.katipo.co.nz/public/koha/2003/002606.html : .htaccess and koha
    Since these constraints were to heavy, I turned to a similar project in php (via http://oss4lib.org/node/439 ) :

    – demo: http://pmb.biblio.free.fr/opac_css/
    – development: http://www.pizz.net/communaute/

    It was started by a French company – they ought to have an English-language user community by now I think. English-language pages on pmb are scarce, but on the translators mailing list pmb.trans@sigb.net (see http://www.sigb.net/listes.php they help you out in English as well)

    I setup a demo installation for this project and there were plans to work together on a Dutch translation, together with some other Dutch-language users, but the customer changed its priorities and the project stalled…

  8. Pascal Says:

    @ June 27th John:

    I first used Alex Bosworth’s “Digg this” script  which produces an iframe in which the entire Digg page is loaded, but meanwhile I switched to this magnificent WordPress plugin that uses the (recently released) Digg api itself, which makes it a lot cleaner.

  9. engtech Says:

    Worth mentioning… but you can do a digg search for a URL and subscribe to the RSS feed, so it’s possible to use an RSS widget to populate your sidebar with stories from your site that are making the rounds at Digg.