Front Page Addiction: Destroying Families, Ruining Lives

*** As my first real parody piece, I am moving this up in the blog to see if it gets more comment luv. ***

A little-known but dangerous epidemic is spreading across members of social media websites like Digg, Reddit, Propeller, Newsvine, and Mixx.  Like a secret scourge, SM-FPA (social media front page addiction) isn’t making national headines yet, but the effects have been felt in thousands of households across the world.

“Ever since my wife’s submission hit the front page of Reddit last month, we only see her on the way to the bathroom,” said Jake Dixon.  His wife Amber, better known as “diggwho”, made the front page of Reddit with a story titled Bush makes more people mad by saying something stupid.  Since then, Amber has been submitting 15-25 stories per day and has a submission hit the front page 3-5 times per week.  She declined to be interviewed.

Research scientists at the Social Media Institute of Technology (SMIT) in Kolkata, India, say that Mr. Dixon and his family are not alone.  They have documented 342 confirmed cases of SM-FPA in 2007 and estimate the actual number in the thousands. (more…)

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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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