In Social Media What Do YOU Want Next?

Web 3.0Most of the top social media sites have been busy in the last few months making adjustments and (arguable) improvements to their algorithms, site designs, and features.  It seems that there is a new race to offer their users incentive to stay, be active, and (hopefully) grow.

Most traffic indicators are showing that many social media sites are slowing down a bit after a peak during the heat of the election.  This can be expected as there were users who joined and became active simply to promote their candidate’s campaigns, but the trends are still a little disconcerting.  Mixx.com is the only one of the “big 10″ social media sites that seems to consistently be on the rise.  This can be attributed to smart marketing and a fluid interface that, while far from perfect, seems to be coming out with new features to keep its active users happy and new users interested. [Read more…]

Web 3.0 is (probably) being built as we speak

Web 3.0Is consolidation the road to Web 3.0?

I’ve mentioned a few times on this blog that I believe the “Web 3.0″ revolution will be ushered in by Social Hybrids. We are starting to see large Web 2.0 companies getting eaten up by the larger Internet powerhouses — AOL/Bebo, eBay/StumbleUpon, Yahoo/del.icio.us, etc — but there hasn’t been a true consolidation of web properties that combines social media with social networking.

Are we seeing the Genesis of it now? [Read more…]

Digg Town Hall Prompts New Site Announcement

From Soshable, one social media site in the works lays some cards on the table in an effort to generate the funds necessary for launch.

Digg Town Hall

The Digg Town Hall Meetings so far have been like bad sex in a bad relationship. There’s too much time in between causing a buildup that has to be released. When the climax finally comes, it’s too short and completely disappointing.

Mashable.com, who hosted a live blog with the help of The Drill Down crew, put it very eloquently when they summarized the event:

If you were to sum up what we learned from Digg Townhall #02, I would have to say it was… er… well… Jay Adelson really, REALLY loves Vernors Ginger Soda.

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Read the whole story on Soshable.

If Digg Won’t Listen to its Users, We Will

Digg Town Hall

The Digg Town Hall Meetings so far have been like bad sex in a bad relationship. There’s too much time in between causing a buildup that has to be released. When the climax finally comes, it’s too short and completely disappointing.

Mashable.com, who hosted a live blog with the help of The Drill Down crew, put it very eloquently when they summarized the event:

If you were to sum up what we learned from Digg Townhall #02, I would have to say it was… er… well… Jay Adelson really, REALLY loves Vernors Ginger Soda.

They keep saying it’s coming. The changes are coming. Listening to the community is coming. In the meantime, the promotion algorithm seems to be in a regular state of flux — sometimes active members can’t hit the homepage with 200 diggs, other times they’re hitting 10+ times in a day.

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