To This Day, Digg Still Makes Me a Little Sad

Digg pages

Time heals wounds, right? Unfortunately, the time since Digg was at its peak in mid-2010 until now has not been enough time for me to really let it go. They had something wonderful growing in social media and I was a part of it. The demise of the site still stings today.

I put together a piece that spilled my social media heart out on the table. While I wanted to post it here, this is a venue for positive growth in social media today and tomorrow, so reminiscing about what might (should) have been doesn’t go here. Still, it had to be written, so I put it on Medium. If you want to check it out, here’s a snippet:

There has never been a social media site that acted more like a meritocracy than the old Digg.com. It required true talent at both finding the content and “gaming the system” to become a power user. Only a few hundred people in the world mastered it.

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New Twitter Advertising Rules – Some Tweets Illegal!

Wikimotive Twitter FTC

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released their newest .com disclosure guidelines, the first new release since the year 2000. It takes them a long, long time to update this document, and they never really say anything all that groundbreaking. The general message is that the same guidelines that apply to traditional advertising mediums apply to the net, so your affordable SEO company is safe. There is only one piece of really noticeable news that jumped out to people so far, and that pertains to Twitter.

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Free Social Media and SEO eBook Stash

Wikimotive Free Books

We always loved reading free eBooks when we were learning the trade, and this year we made it a point to start releasing our own. We did the research, pulled from our own experience, grabbed  a designer, and put together some eBooks we’re really proud of. We never released them in a single place before though, so here is the list of free eBooks from Wikimotive, covering everything from social media to small business SEO services. You can get any of them you’d like for free by following the links below. If you want the whole library, you can shoot Sean Haney an email and he’ll send you the big file directly.

Thanks for reading!

THE LIBRARY:

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Google Location Tracking

Wikimotive GPS Tracking

Google’s newest patent will prove to be both beneficial and terrifying to users, which is just about par for the course for the search engine juggernaut. It involves tracking you wherever you go and then collating and analyzing that data for personal identification trends. Creepy? For sure. Useful for Business SEO and social media? You betcha. [Read more...]

Pinterest User Infographic

Wikimotive Pinterest Banner

Marketing on Pinterest seems to become more viable every day, and that’s no accident. Pinterest has been doing their best to compete with other social networks, looking to edge into a market full of people Marketing with Twitter and Facebook. Is it truly worth your time (and your money) though, or is it just Pinterest generating hype for themselves? Let’s take a look at an infographic that sheds a little light on the situation.

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Subreddit r/funny Breaks 3 Million Subscribers

Reddit Alien

If there’s one thing you can say about the Reddit community, it’s that they have a sharp sense of humor. The king of social news sites hit another milestone this week when the biggest subreddit, r/funny, surpassed the 3 million subscriber mark. The second biggest subreddit, r/pics, is not far off and will hit the same mark in the next couple of weeks.

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Social Media: The Year in Review

2013

Every year, we select the “best year ever” recipient. It’s the social website that made the best gains, contributed the most to social media as a whole, and demonstrated trends that meant they were going to continue moving forward in the coming year. winners in the past included:

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Revisiting @Digg: Despite the Hate, the Quality has Improved Dramatically

Digg Revisited

We’re four and a half months into the new version of Digg. The social news site that was once the darling of technology and business bloggers alike had seen a dramatic downturn in traffic and users over the previous couple of years and there was a lot of excitement about the potential rejuvenation of the site. What came shortly afterwards was a flurry of criticism, a dramatic drop in traffic due to the scrapping of millions of pages that had been indexed in Google, and a loss of individuality – users were no longer really users that engaged with the site. The “social celebrity” status that many such as MrBabyMan and LouieBaur had achieved through years of work were destroyed by the new site “as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.”

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Social Media Reputation: Making Social Media the Business Hub

Hub

This is Part 5 in a 5 part series. Please read the previous posts first or none of this will really make any sense.

There was a promise back in 2007 and 2008 that was made to businesses, particularly those with physical locations. It was clear that there was something about social media sites like MySpace, Delicious, Digg, and the up-and-coming Facebook that could be used to promote business activity in the real world. Fewer people were on it and most businesses either dabbled, waited, or dismissed it, but for those who dove in and really gave it a shot, the promise was that it could eventually become the most important part of online marketing. Some even said that it would replace websites altogether.

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The Dead Horse, Beaten: Digg is Gone and Never Coming Back

Digg

At first, there was a bit of shock. The shock turned to anger and disappointment. The disappointment turned to disbelief.

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