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...]

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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Startups End Down – Bring Sexy back to Geeky

Sexy StartupsRead MashableTechcrunch.  Any of the websites that follow startups.  Trends emerge.  Hopes are high.  Hope is lost.  Startup rises.  Startup ends down.  The question is, “why?”

Instead of going into any of the dozens of high-potential startups that we looked at from 2007 that aren’t going to make it through 2008, let’s explore one general theme.  Startups aren’t as sexy as they once were.  I’m not talking about sexy, as in porn or meeting “friends” online.  The sexy that I’m referring to is the kind of website that you read about, try out, and say:

“Wow.  I really need to use this.” [Read more...]

Predictify: Collective Wisdom Fortune Telling

PredictifyI stumbled upon Predictify recently and the my Social Spider Sense started tingling.  “There’s something here, man.  There’s something potentially good here.”

Upon joining, reading, examining, and predicting, I soon discovered that the site was loaded with potential.  The basic premise is that large groups of people offering their predictions about future events can often offer more accurate looks into the future than small groups of experts.  The platform offered at Predictify is designed to harness this power to determine who, what, where, and when. [Read more...]