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Digg users get their old data back

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The relaunch of social news site Digg a month ago was accompanied with a slight controversy: what happened to the years of links and comments people had submitted on the old site? Turns out they didn't throw them away after all, and you can download yours right now.

All you need to do is go to the Digg Archive and put in the email or username you had back in the old days. You'll get an email right away with a download link, or you can use tools they provide to import your old links and comments using Pinboard or Kippt, two link-managing services.

It's easy enough, but most users won't find much use for a big file of years-old comments with no context. Still, it's a gesture of goodwill that many developers and power users will find handy — and it's good to know that the team behind the new site didn't just throw the old one in the bin.

Note that this doesn't go back to the very early days, just the version of Digg that existed before this one. If you haven't been on the site in a couple years, there probably isn't much for you to download.

Devin Coldewey is a contributing writer for NBC News Digital. His personal website is coldewey.cc.