Cleaning the Shoutwaves: Digg makes changes to shout system

Shouts.  I noticed a couple of changes in the way that shouts work.  I could be wrong, as I wasn’t much of a shouter, so please feel free to flame me if none of this is news to you.

A week and a half ago, we published Lost in a Sea of Shouts: 7 Ways Digg can Fix the System.  It made it to the front page of Digg, but as fate would have it, it occurred just after 3am PST on Sunday morning — the worst possible time to go popular.

Whether someone at Digg read the article and started applying the changes (highly unlikely) or if they had already recognized the flaws themselves and changes were in the works for a while (much more likely), it still looks good that 2 of the 7 suggestions seem to have come true: (more…)

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Cleaning the Shoutwaves: Digg makes changes to shout system

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Shouts. I noticed a couple of changes in the way that shouts work. I could be wrong, as I wasn’t much of a shouter, so please feel free to flame me if none of this is news to you.

A week and a half ago, we published Lost in a Sea of Shouts: 7 Ways Digg can Fix the System. It made it to the front page of Digg, but as fate would have it, it occurred just after 3am PST on Sunday morning — the worst possible time to go popular.

Whether someone at Digg read the article and started applying the changes (highly unlikely) or if they had already recognized the flaws themselves and changes were in the works for a while (much more likely), it still looks good that 2 of the 7 suggestions seem to have come true: (more…)

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Facebook jumps ahead of Myspace in Traffic (depending on who you believe)

MySpaceFacebookThis really isn’t a question of Facebook vs. MySpace.  It’s a question of Alexa.com vs. Compete.com.

According to Alexa, Facebook jumped ahead of MySpace last week to technically take the #6 spot.  While it hasn’t changed on the official Alexa Top 500, a close examination of the line graph comparison shows the too big dogs in social networking neck and neck on Novemeber 20 and 21.  Facebook jumped ahead by a small margin after that.

Compete.com paints a completely different picture.  Despite the slower updates, MySpace still have a huge lead lead in October, 2007.  It shows MySpace at 65 million versus Facebook’s 24 million. (more…)

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Facebook jumps ahead of Myspace in Traffic (depending on who you believe)

MySpaceFacebookThis really isn’t a question of Facebook vs. MySpace. It’s a question of Alexa.com vs. Compete.com.

According to Alexa, Facebook jumped ahead of MySpace last week to technically take the #6 spot. While it hasn’t changed on the official Alexa Top 500, a close examination of the line graph comparison shows the too big dogs in social networking neck and neck on Novemeber 20 and 21. Facebook jumped ahead by a small margin after that.

Compete.com paints a completely different picture. Despite the slower updates, MySpace still have a huge lead lead in October, 2007. It shows MySpace at 65 million versus Facebook’s 24 million. (more…)

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Propeller: Knock knock knockin’ on Reddit’s Door

RedditPropellerCompete.com’s and Alexa.com’s numbers are far from gospel, but they do offer an excellent comparative indicator for traffic. Looking at the traffic estimates and trends for Reddit and Propeller, it’s very conceivable that Propeller will overtake Reddit for the #2/#3 (depending on whether you consider StumbleUpon a social news website) position behind Digg amongst the social news powerhouse websites.

For a long time, Netscape was technically #2 in traffic, but most acknowledge that this was misleading. Many people typed in Netscape, not realizing it had become a social media website. Other sources sent traffic to Netscape, but only a small percentage used it for it’s news-based purpose. When the move to the new Propeller.com URL was announced, many believed that it spelled doom for the once-proud alternative to the Yahoo! and MSN homepages. (more…)

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Social Media: Experts Offer Tips for Success

There are always articles about getting started in or getting better at social media, but this week was flooded with some great ones written by talented, respected authors.  Here, I have compiled some great resources, some “must reads” for anyone wanting a leg up.

Social media is huge and growing.  Those who have had success are often not willing to offer advice.  It was a great week — the advice was strong and it seemed to be free flowing.  Enjoy

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Social Self Sabotage

Ben Cook with bloggingexperiment.com takes a very straight-forward, conversational approach to showing the primary mistakes that submitters of social media make.  Faking comments, misleading titles… we’ve all been tempted to try it.  Some of us (myself included) have had marginal success doing these things.  In the long run, it is futile and hurts your chances of building a strong profile that puts stories on the front pages consistently.

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What can fix (I mean save) MySpace?

MySpaceRumors are flying.

“MySpace is getting a complete redesign.”

“MySpace is getting bought out.”

“MySpace is losing money.”

When rumors like these start flying, it’s normally a bad sign, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be fixed.  The Social Network’s meteoric rise and subsequent decline in users to Facebook has created these rumors, but there are still strengths that can be exploited.  If they are going to make it, they will need to make some changes, but more importantly, they will need to rethink their focus and reimpose their will through marketing-guided changes.

Instead of making it the easiest platform to spam and game, they need to appeal to their current best demographic, teens, pre- and post-, and create ways for them to stay with MySpace instead of defecting as they get older to Facebook or someone else.  More importantly, they MUST expand to the business sector. Sounds ridiculous, I know, when you consider the current state of the company and the growing disdain towards its inner-workings. Stay with me while (more…)

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Lost in a Sea of Shouts: 7 Ways Digg can Fix the System

The shout system has been a roller coaster ride of emotion for me.

  • First impressions: “WAY Cool. Now I can talk to friends and if I have something that I really want to get out to the peeps, I can!”
  • Second impression: “Oh s**t, here come the spammers.”
  • Third impression: “Hey, the spam seems to work! A ton of them are hitting the front page. I better give it a try.”
  • Fourth impression: “Damn. It’s not as effective anymore. People are ignoring their shouts.”
  • Current impression: “The system is a broken one, but by golly it can be fixed…”

And here’s how:

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Stumbled! (too soon)

StumbleUponWelcome Stumblers!

Our goal was to have a news story about StumbleUpon up and running before we got the homepage stumbled, but it’s too late now.  We’ve been researching the Web 2.0, social media “wild card” (that’s one of the angles we were considering) for several weeks now.  Tons of story ideas, but with a website like StumbleUpon, if you’re going to write something, it better be the right story.

The effect that SU has had on the Internet has been unique and engrossing.  On the surface, it shouldn’t work.  People want to see what they want to see, not what others want them to see, right?  It just isn’t so. (more…)

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