46% of the Digg Front Page is Controlled by 50 Websites

Recent changes and restrictions made by Digg.com to encourage diversity in the range of users whose submissions reach the front page have had 2 profound results. Newer and less active users have seen their stories reach the front page, but the sources that are able to hit the front page have tightened.

Despite tens of thousands of submissions every week, the last seven days have shown that 46.6% of the Digg front page comes from 50 websites, according to data accumulated on di66.net.

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Top 237 Twitter Users Who Will Follow You Back

As Twitter hits its stride and emerges as a juggernaut in social media, the top users on the site are distancing themselves from the pack. The race to 1,000,000 followers will be achieved in a few months by some accounts. With such strong followings, many new or inactive Twitter users may not think that there are top accounts that will follow them back.

On the contrary, there are many. In fact, many users with tens of thousands of followers will follow just about everyone back. Some use tools to automatically follow anyone who follows them. Others actually go through and manually add their new followers. Regardless of the method, these 237 accounts will most likely follow you back, even if you’re a Twitter newbie.

Twitter Followers

(image source: ProBlogger’s excellent article about growing your Twitter presence)


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How Twitter Tears Friends Apart – When Louie met 0boy

Twitter FailIt’s easy to make friends on the Internet, especially through social networking. When, through coincidence, those Internet friends turn into real-life friends because of proximity, great things can happen.

Thus starts the story of “When Louie met 0boy.”

We first noticed each other on Digg. He was an up and coming power user and I was an active old-schooler. We met through the IMs proudly posted on each of our accounts and started chatting about Digg. Following an afternoon of Irish Shepherd’s Pie at a local Orange County pub, we were officially “real life friends.”

It didn’t take long before we started crossing paths more often on other social media sites. We exchanged ideas, strategies, helped each other with stories, and even started planning a social media meetup in Los Angeles so we could go cut through the veil of social media nicknames and avatars and see the real people behind them. (more…)

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