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Digg's search engine gets a reboot with new filters

The social-news site's updated search functionality give you a bird's-eye view of how any topic has been trending since its creation three years ago.

Digg has just relaunched its site search engine with an all-new results page that gives users better ways to filter what it comes up with. It now gives a new visual breakdown of how much a word or phrase has appeared on the site, going all the way back to 2006, as well as showing how many matching stories have been been submitted to the site within the past day, week, and month.

While there's still the option to sort by media type and source, new to the results page is a way to filter by the number of diggs a story has received. For instance, if you're looking for all CNET stories with more than 1,000 diggs, you can now sort out just those stories from the rest of the results. Previously, the only way to do this was to sort by the highest number of Diggs and work your way down. For sites or phrases with a lot of results, this was tedious.

Search modifiers let you tweak results.

For power users, the search now includes keyboard shortcuts that let you hop to only the results of stories that have hit the front page, as well as those that are upcoming or have been buried. You can also put a search in quotes, which will only bring up results with that exact match, or cut out specific words from a search by using the "-term" command.

Earlier on Thursday, the company also announced that the DiggBar has already been boosting traffic to by 20 percent. This is likely due to people who are coming back to the site after visiting a shortened Digg link sent to them by friends. The company did not comment on whether that has turned into increased user registrations or site submissions.

The new Digg Search has a slew of filters to sort out the results, including by how many Diggs the stories have received. Screenshot by Josh Lowensohn/CNET