All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Digg’

Remembering 9/11 Across the Web

Today marks the anniversary of one of the darkest days in our country’s history. Seven years later, the memories still haunt us, as well as fuel discussion. The web provides an outlet for venting, theorizing, and just plain memorial, and it’s as good a platform as any for just that. Nothing has a wider reach.

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How Corrupt is the Digg Home Page?

DiggA top Digg user with a popular ratio of 34% has been getting paid well for promoting articles on Digg. His/her popularity has allowed numerous stories to reach the Digg Home Page, and when that happens he/she gets paid even more.

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Use Digg for Your Dialogg with “Leaders of the Moment”

I received a tip in my inbox this morning referring me to a post on "Digg the Blog" highlighting a new program from Digg called "Digg Dialogg". Kevin Rose says he wants to give the Digg community an opportunity to reach out to "leaders of the moment."

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Can You Digg the Democratic and Republican Conventions?

DiggKatie Couric isn’t the only vessel connecting Digg to the U.S. presidential candidates.

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Invisibility Cloaks and Bad Ideas

The trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince debuted on the Internet a couple weeks ago and created some buzz unsurprisingly, and you can bet that as the movie nears its November 21st release date that the Internet buzz will be at full capacity.

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Digg Offers Little To Rumored Buyer Google

Eric Schmidt and company could have a $200 million check waiting for social media site Digg. Google shareholders may be wondering why.

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Is Google Digging Itself?

Rumors had floated for weeks Google was negotiating to buy for purposes of enhancing Google News. But it looks like Google is already integrating Digg-like features in a surprisingly open round of testing in the search results.

With Google’s slate of engineers, one wonders why they would buy a site if they could replicate the same idea. Imagine results created by users voting them up or down, results users can comment on and rate the comments of others.

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Digg Digs The News More This Year

Traffic flowing out from Digg still hits entertainment-related sites the most, but recently the gap between driving traffic there versus news & media sites narrowed.

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Microsoft Preparing Release Of Social Bookmarks

However this new product turns out, Microsoft at least deserves a hand for not making its name irrelevant or unwieldy.  As for the turning-out part, Social Bookmarks should be shown off for the first time this week.

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Five Ways To Score Big On Digg

The big social media sites receive thousands of submissions continually. Yours doesn’t have to be one that never escapes Digg’s Upcoming section, or the basement of any social bookmarking presence.

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SMX Social Media Conference

Last week I attended the SMX Social Media Conference in Long Beach California, here are some of my thoughts about the event.

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Digg Loses Its Techie Luster

The social media site boomed to popularity with its early focus on technology, an area that has become less important to Digg’s masters as they seek a broader audience.

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Web Info Leads To “Shocking” Crime

Putting to use knowledge gained from the Internet, a Connecticut teen was arrested for attempting to shock a classmate—literally shock a classmate—with a rigged disposable camera.

Twenty years ago, this would have earned you detention. In light of certain third graders, though (among other nightmarish events), it means calling the cops.

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Publish2 Receives $2.7 Million In Funding

Online news aggregator startup Publish2 has raised $2.75 million in funding from Velocity Interactive Group, a digital media investment firm.

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Yahoo Buzzing After Digg

As expected by its model, Yahoo Buzz sends plenty of traffic to the news publishers who have agreements in place with Yahoo to be part of their new social media site.

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News And Media Crowd Fond Of Yahoo Buzz

New Hitwise statistics create an interesting comparison between Digg and Yahoo Buzz.  Depending on which side of the "blogs and personal websites" and "news and media" divide a site stands, it seems the second entity is either almost worthless or nearly as valuable as the first.

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Adelson Dismisses Digg Sale Rumors

Purported interest in Digg by Google and Microsoft made for a hot rumor earlier, but Digg CEO Jay Adelson said rumors is all they were.

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Obama, Google Tops At Digg

The following results from my little, informal study are hardly definitive, but they are interesting. Someone following up with a more intensive and scientifically rigorous quantitative analysis might find the same thing I did: stories related to Barack Obama are submitted more often to than stories about Hillary Clinton, John McCain or Ron Paul.

On the tech side, Google takes the prize against Microsoft, and stories about Microsoft outpace Linux.

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SMX West: Social Media And The SEO

Fickle yet valuable, traffic from social media sites represents a way of generating lots of page views in a very short, and profitable, period of time.

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Digg Seeks Questions For Townhall Meeting

Digg’s feisty user community will have a chance to question Kevin Rose and company about the site and its attendant issues on Monday night.

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Yahoo To Launch Digg Competitor

Valleywag is reporting that Yahoo is planning on launching Yahoo Buzz, a social news site that will rank news based on popular search results and user voting. Buzz will be designed to compete with Digg, which is all well and good, except that it will have a particularly nauseating twist: Only sites that run Yahoo Publisher Network ads will be shown on the site.

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Zune Software Download Now Available!

Hey Everyone, The Zune Software is currently up on

» You can find the software HERE. System Requirements

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Digg This: Ask Opens BigNews

A joint project by Ask and Digg led to the opening of BigNews, a service for tracking important and widely discussed news stories.

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Net Payola: Paying For The Digg Front Page

An advertisement appeared on a freelancing site, offering $250 in exchange for getting a couple of movie-related items to the front page of Digg.

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Manipulation and Profit Margins

Central hubs on the web fight off manipulation to keep their status and profit margins in tact. A side effect of this war on control over information access is the butchering of the English language.

Digg is Illegal?

Digg’s CEO Jay Adelson said:

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Rose Explains Digg’s Outage: Algo Update

Midday visitors to Digg yesterday encountered its “out of service” message. Kevin Rose explained why on his blog.

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Make Your Own Reddit

Digg fans have always had the option of creating their own version of the site, thanks to Pligg.

Now Reddit fans are going to get the opportunity to create their own personal version of the popular social voting site.

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Internet Marketing Stories Buried by Digg Editors?

OK, if Valleywag’s revelation–that Digg employs editors to bury certain stories–is news to you, welcome to the nightmare.

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The Digg Reel Courts Viacom Anger

Revision3 added a new show to their lineup, featuring the best of user-submitted videos hitting the Digg social media site.

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The Issue with Hyping Social Media

In most markets worth being in and with most sustainable business models, sales is not a one time event, but a process. You first have to create awareness, then build trust, then finally make the sale.

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CBS Partners with Digg on Election Coverage

Now here’s a strange partnership. CBS Interactive has announced a partnership with social bookmarking site Digg for online coverage of the 2008 election. Through the deal, Digg buttons will be added to CBS stories and Digg’s election related headlines will be displayed on

Read More, Digg, Sharing Election Interests

Heavily Dugg political stories on Digg will be part of as complementary content for the network’s online election coverage.

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How Much of a Distraction is Social Media?

In Friday’s post, I admitted the social media can be a waste of time.  I talked about doing some unproductive things online and how, despite that (or even because of that), marketers should be paying a LOT of attention to social media marketing.  But as many of you have commented in the first post, social media is really not a waste o

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Sheldon Goldberg Sues Google, Yahoo, Etc.

If you’ve ever played a card game on your computer, then, according to Sheldon Goldberg, you may have Sheldon Goldberg to thank for it.  Goldberg holds a patent titled "Method and system for playing games on aSheldon Goldberg Sues Google, Yahoo, Etc. network," and is now suing companies like AOL, Yahoo, and Google over what he seems to consider his property.

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Google Changes Algorithm?

The ball dropped for the 100th time in Times Square, so I suppose that makes it official.  It’s a new year, 2008 to be exact.  So what does this mean for the search engines? Simple, change the way it used to work, right?



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Could Microsoft Be The Big Digger?

$300 million could be the magic number that sends Digg to new ownership, as bloggers speculate on who might end up the new top Digger.

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Best Mixx Posts of the Year

Since we are winding down 2007, I thought it would be appropriate to put together what I thought are the top 10 blog posts about that have been written in 2007.

Certainly there have been a lot of interesting blog posts about Mixx, but these are certainly the best ones.

So, without further delay, here are the blog posts that I think are the top 10 blog posts about Mixx for 2007:

Please note that I have not put these in any particular order.

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Top Ten Sphinn Posts for the Year

Since we are winding down the year of 2007, I thought it would be appropriate to put together what I thought are the top 10 blog posts about Sphinn that have been written in 2007.

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PubCon: Social Media Marketing Tips

The keys to successfully creating content that really grabs social media users – think not just Digg and but also forums – are commitment and creativity, or so says the Interactive Site Reviews panel at PubCon.

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PubCon: Handling Digg Traffic

Sometimes it’s not so much that you’re handling traffic from, it’s that the traffic is handling you. Crashed servers, slow-loading site, all that traffic and nobody clicking on ads can equal wasted time and money, but it doesn’t have to, as long as you know your visitors and how be ready for them.

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Digg Adds Images Category

It seems like Digg users have been asking for–and Kevin Rose promising–a category for images and photos forever. Well the long wait is now over and you can finally uploaded your favorite lolcats image.

At the Digg blog, Kevin Rose announces the launch of image support and also better organization of existing categories. Here’s what Digg users are waking up to today:

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Digg Scoops Up Images, Tweaks Categories

It took a while but Digg finally has an images category available for contributions and sharing with other Diggers.

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What Makes a Great Selection of Links?

Dave Winer has a great post about the next step in Digg clones.

This is something I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about too.

What makes a great selection of links? Does it take a million people? Or only a handful.

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Digg Blocked For “Bandwidth Theft”

It’s hard to find anybody to agree with the logic, and certainly the only people that appear to be writing about it have done so to heap ridicule and scorn, but (apparently) the same person to bring us has now introduced

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Social Media Thanksgiving List

In the spirit of the season – we’ve compiled a few things we are thankful for around here at Ignite.

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Digg Unearths Presidential Candidate Tracking

Users of Digg can keep an eye on how candidates (or presumably their campaigns) interact with stories appearing on the social media site.

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One has to wonder what kind of traffic and ad revenue the New York Times gave up while its Times Select subscription model was in place.

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Free WSJ Online Access Coming

Rupert Murdoch plans to make free to increase readership and generate far more in advertising. Right now the site gets 1 million viewers and Murdoch hopes to see it go to 15 million. For now a subscription just to the online edition is $79 for a year.

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Microsoft Confirms New Messenger for Mac

Microsoft has confirmed that a new version of its Messenger instant messaging software will ship with and when Mac Office 2008 hits stores.

While we don’t know anything about features, or even if it’ll be named Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger (presumably the new name, though), at least Mac fans are getting a new version.

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Digg This: Wall Street Journal Adds Buttons

Only one website’s buttons appear on Wall Street Journal stories, inviting readers to share articles, and those buttons belong to Digg.

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Digg School – 4 Tips To Digg Success

Over the past few years, I’ve written a number of posts that caught the attention of Digg users. Many were surprises, but a dozen or so were written specifically for Digg, mostly for clients.

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When Social Media and PR Work Together

I’m speaking tonight at a panel put on by Business Wire.  If you want to come, please do so, and be sure to say hello.  The topic is on social media generally, but more specifically looking at using social media for enhancing your news value. 

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10 Reasons Why I Hate Shout Outs on Digg

It has now been nearly 6 weeks since the new shout feature was launched at Digg and I am not a big fan. Here are 10 reasons why I hate it:

1. New diggers are now able to get submissions on the homepage.

2. It doesn’t require as much skill to get submissions on the homepage – anyone can do it.

3. New diggers are adding 900+ friends, shouting them all and getting 40 diggs in less then an hour.

4. It’s even harder to get my lame submissions on the homepage.

5. Top diggers are being challenged.

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A Strategic Approach to Social Media Marketing

A Strategic Approach to Social Media Marketing Social media marketing is more than just implementing social bookmarks on your site in hopes that your content spreads like a virus. It’s more than seeding your content in sites like Digg; and/or trying to game their voting algorithm.

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Mozilla’s Top Revenue’s From Google

Mozilla CEO Mitchell Baker in a blog post writes:

Mozilla’s revenues (including both Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation) for 2006 were $66,840,850, up approximately 26% from 2005 revenue of $52,906,602. As in 2005 the vast majority of this revenue is associated with the search functionality in Mozilla Firefox, and the majority of that is from Google.

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SMX: Extra! Extra! The Social News Sites

Digg, Netscape, Reddit, Newsvine and others allow community members to share and rate news stories.

They are primary news sources and influential outlets that must be considered by marketers. But don’t expect to post your old-school press release and get a good response! Learn how these sites work and how to best tailor your message for maximum visibility on them.

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SMX Social Media: 12 Tips For Dealing With Digg

On average, a story making it to the front page of gleans 129 links and generates over 10,000 visitors per hour to a website, or so say the experts at the SMX Social Media event in New York.

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Digg, Pownce Have Gender Issues

A seemingly angry post on Digg by Pownce developer Leah Culver about a duplicate feature in Digg’s new profiles, and a peek at that feature, made us wonder about the fuss.

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Social News Site Launches In Private Beta

Social media Website Mixx, launched today in private beta. The customizable site brings together a combination of user-recommended news articles, videos and images, social networking and personalization tools.

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Digg Gets More Social

Business Week reports today that Digg will be rolling out a brand new, even more social site any minute now.

Designed to bring more of a social networking aspect to the site, the new design will feature the ability to create a “real” profile page, better connect with your Digg friends, monitor their activities and send them stories. Just what die-hard Diggers needed: another excuse to while away the hours on their favorite website.

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Kevin Rose Presents New Digg Features

Digg’s main dude provided the narration for a video about new features on the social media site, as the company announced some forthcoming updates on Digg through the rest of 2007.

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Patent Examination Goes Social

There is little doubt that patents are driving innovation. However, those same patents can hinder the progress if applied incorrectly.

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AjaxNinja Whips Shurikens Into Digg

If you’ve been in a situation like Lee Odden was this year, on the outs with social media site Digg, you’ve probably wondered if there are better places to try and get a site noticed.

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Digg Security Hole Promotes Story with a Couple Votes

If you were lucky you managed to see a Digg security hole get exposed on September 12th

Below is a screen shot of the digg home page with 2 votes. The screen shot shows 5 but that because it was taken after a refresh

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Metacafe Hosting Digg Channel

Video sharing site Metacafe has launched a new dedicated Digg Channel.

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Digg Redesign Worships Videos, Dropdowns

A new look for Digg emerged last night, bringing videos and news to a single page along with some Ajax technology updates to the site’s menus.

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29% Of Technorati Top 100 Never Hit Digg Home Page

I heard about this story from Glen yesterday about his extensive research into the correlation between the Technorati 100 and Digg home page stories.

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Another Technorati Top 100 Benefit

There’s another benefit to being in the Technorati Top 100. In addition to being the most linked-to blogs as tracked by Technorati, the Top 100 blogs have made the Digg homepage 8000 times. looked at Digg’s history to examine whether Technorati’s most popular tracked blogs were popular there, too. And were they ever.

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Plaxo Launches Social Network Pulse

Plaxo launched today its social network, Pulse. Pulse pulls in what they call "people feed" or RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to allow for conversation about the content with your family, friends or co-workers.

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What are Tech Bloggers Good for?

Dare Obasanjo asks “what are those A-list technology bloggers good for?”

He’s absolutely right! (I’ve been saying that a lot today — I’m in a very agreeable mood).

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Digg Ditches Google for Microsoft

Kevin Rose has announced Digg has decided to drop Google in favor of a 3-year exclusive deal with Microsoft.

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Microsoft And Digg In Ad Deal

Digg has ditched Google as an ad provider and gone with Microsoft.
Digg and Microsoft have entered into an agreement in which they will work together to bring advertising to the Digg Web site.

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Facebook Spawns New Industry, Digg Killer

This is the season for Facebook. It used to be that you couldn’t scan Web news without seeing a new Google report. Then it was MySpace, then Digg. Since Facebook opened up to the general public and to developers, it’s all anybody wants to talk about.

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Google Reader Plus Facebook Application = Digg Killer?

Mario Romero has built something very interesting that’s getting more interesting all the time.

If I weren’t on Facebook and didn’t have his Google Reader application plugged into Facebook I would totally have missed it.

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How to Own Yourself on the Web

After having a nice recent conversation with Jeff Liebert lately, I read his fantastic post in the WMW supporter’s forum about Are Businesses and People Adapting to the WWW Publicity Machine?

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2008 to be “Year of Linux on the Desktop?”

On Saturday at the iPhoneDevCamp someone was showing me his computer. It was running Ubuntu. Linux.

I noted to myself that it finally got over some of the ugliness that turned me off of earlier Linux-on-the-desktop attempts. He showed me, and a few other people some of the cool things (much nicer 3D switching than even OSX has, for instance). Damn, I thought to myself, it’s time to give Linux another look.

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If You Spam Digg, Learn English

Gaming has gone international. Or perhaps just retarded, as traffic-minded spammers shuffle in with broken English and a generally poor master plan.

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The Definition of Social Media

After publishing, "The Future of Communications – A Manifesto for Integrating Social Media into Marketing," I decided to take a short break. I wanted it to reside online for people to discover before it was pushed down the page with every post to follow.

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Digg Censoring News About AOL?

The revamp of AOL News today is quite significant, and Reuters being first to break the news is a trusted source of information.

I thought it was strange that the story hadn’t been submitted to Digg, because it was already appearing on Megite.

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Digg, Facebook Hit Magical Mark

Both Digg and Facebook passed the 20 million visitor mark, which measurement firm Compete considers a magical milestone for Web 2.0 sites.

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Digg Mob Strikes Again

Ok so dig. The mob-mentality of users theme is growing thin, I admit. But, as mobs are wont to do, the situation has escalated beyond all reason, and the crowd isn’t sorry, just more vicious.

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Digg Responds to Social Networking Challengers

I’ve always warned that starting a new search engine, no matter how unique the offering, is a risky proposition. Even if you do create something different, what’s to stop Google from rolling out the same functionality? If I can get it at Google, why go else where?

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Things LinkedIn Can Learn From Digg

I came across an interesting article today on titled "LinkedIn Says It Will Own Business Networking".

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Feed Optimization Tip: Don’t Forget FeedFlare

FeedBurner is the only service (that I know of) that will re-publish a blogs feed in order to get feed stats. Being such a great service, many users use it only to figure out how many readers their blogs have.

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Yahoo Site Explorer Figures Jump

It looks like there’s been an update to Yahoo Site Explorer links today, I’ve noticed a large increase in inbound links for a number of different sites.

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The Unofficial Digg Guide

SEOPedia has a great summation or FAQ about how Digg works, and the influence of some of the algorithm changes that they have implemented in the last month. While there are a lot of folks who try to game Digg, and get spam to the front page, many of us smaller, single site posters like Ittoolbox, who have a great Google Page Rank overall, but lower page ranks for individual bloggers have gotten caught up in the changes.

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Hanging with SEOs, Penalized on Digg

It occurred me this week, after seeing my old rant against Digg still pulling in traffic to this blog, that I would be nice and just act normal for once. I’d write a humorous 10 Tips article on usability and see if it inspired any Diggs. Maybe this time I’d have a positive experience because I swear all my friends just rave about the place.

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Another Digg Success Story

Tim Ferriss

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Digg Banning Users for Digging too Often

A member in one of my discussion lists just got his account banned by Digg.

What was the reason you say ?

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Diggers Love Top Sevens

Russ Jones on theGoogleCache took a look at how “Top #” lists perform on Digg. We all know how popular top 10 lists are. Russ’s initial premise was that they’re not necessarily the best performing. He thought top 6s would be best, another coworker bet on top 7s.

The coworker won. Of 90 “Top 7″ stories submitted to Digg, 53 made the front page—59%.

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Top 7 Lists Lead The Pack On Digg

Lists are good, but if they become too long, readers are liable to lose interest.  Too short, and no one will think your 25-word post is worth reading.  Top 10 lists have become the norm – but why?  Russ Jones of the Google Cache combed through over 2,500 Digg stories to see if lists with more (or fewer) points do better.

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Blogging, Affiliate Marketing & Social Traffic

Here’s an open solicitation for questions in the 3 areas I focus on:

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Blog Post Knocks $4 billion off Apple Market Cap

A supposedly false-alarm that Apple’s Leopard (their next OS) and their much-talked-gadget-phone iPhone being delayed, caused their stock to nose-dive knocking over $4 billion off their Market Cap. This is indeed a phenomenal development in the Blogosphere – a blog article can have that fundamental effect in the real work and real money.

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Tired of Digg & Reddit?

One of the great things about Web 2.0 is that when you get tired for what ever reason of a site, it is usually simple to roll your own site to meet your needs, and probably the needs of many other people.

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SEOs Claim Digg Auto-Buries Stories

The running feud between the SEO community and the Digg news site heated up again, with accusation of Digg automatically burying certain stories.

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Digg Burying Stories Internally?

We all know that the main reason why stories don’t hit the Digg homepage is because they get buried. Some say the buries are caused by specific Digg users who have it out for us while others just blame it on the content saying it wasn’t Digg worthy. Well last week we did a test on Pronet Advertising that shows Digg might be burying stories internally.

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The Digg Friends You Never Knew You Had

You can easily discover 10s, maybe even 100s of existing friends on Digg, if you only knew how and where to look.

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Social Media – Finding a Balance

Laurent Haug, a very smart guy and part of the brain trust behind the LIFT conference in Geneva, has written a great post on his blog about finding balance in social media, and how he thinks that we are beginning to do that — in other words, stepping back from the “all users are created equal” view that has driven some of the commentary around sites like Wikipedia and Digg and acknowledging that some people actually might have skills or qualifications that make them more valuable. 

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Digg Founder Looking at Instant Messaging?

Don’t you wish you had “sources familiar with the company”, so you could speculate on new products and acquisitions?

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SEW Live – Marketers: Digg Is Done, YouTube Won

Marketers should think twice before focusing on to produce traffic. Search Engine Guide Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Laycock began her presentation at the Search Engine Strategies SEW Live one-day event in Columbus, OH, with that theme in mind.

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