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OMG, Fark To Trademark NSFW
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A trademark registration filed on behalf of Fark.com’s owner Drew Curtis generated plenty of attention when news of it hit social media sites.

YouTube Account Shut Down Over Police Brutality

Reuters writes:

The video-sharing Web site YouTube has suspended the account of a prominent Egyptian anti-torture activist who posted videos of what he said was brutal behaviour by some Egyptian policemen, the activist said.

Wael Abbas said close to 100 images (sic) he had sent to YouTube were no longer accessible, including clips depicting purported police brutality, voting irregularities and anti-government demonstrations.

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.

The Loss of Reddit

Reddit and I go way, way back.

I was there when Alexis and Steve presented the early idea (and a working application) at one of the early Web Innovator’s meetups in a small, cramped bar in Kendall Square, Cambridge.

Several months later, there was a startup meetup at MIT.  I was one of three groups presenting at a startup gathering at MIT.  The guys from Reddit spoke right after me.

BlinkList Closes Eyes For Over 20 Hours
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It’s nice to have a popular site, but if the popularity becomes overwhelming, the owner will (temporarily) be left without a site at all.  According to a new Royal Pingdom survey, that may be what happened to the people at BlinkList.

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.

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.

More Digg Fallout

As the fallout continues on the Digg and AACS key, probably the most cogent statement made in this whole process is civil disobedience as performance art.

Who Gets the Majority of Your On-line Attention?

It just occurred to me that if I look at the on-line services I used most, there’s not really a clear winner when it comes to who gets the bulk of my online attention. Here’s the current list along with the current owner of each (since 3 of the 4 were acquisitions):

Sensational Titles: So 2006

Well now that people on the social media sites are starting to catch on / have caught on to link baiting, I’ve noticed it’s much harder to make the likes of the digg or reddit front pages. One to two months ago this was a much easier task. I’m not exactly sure if there has been one incident or algorithm change that caused the increased difficulty of making digg’s front page, but I do know that the window on link baiting is quickly closing.

Say Yea, Nay To Reddit’s Ads

"Brace yourself, ads are coming" – and you can vote on them.  Of course, you may choose to give every single one a thumbs down, but that’s Reddit’s problem.  They’re the ones with the new ads, and they’re the ones with the new voting system.

Bad or Good? – Wrong Question

Aaron Swartz is an interesting guy. One of the co-founders of Reddit, the Digg-like recommendation engine that was recently bought by the Conde Nast magazine-publishing empire, his blog often has long and thoughtful posts with a refreshingly different perspective. His latest is no exception: In a post entitled “Everything Good is Bad For You,” he writes about what he sees as the downside of Web services like Twitter, and even Reddit itself.

Jupitermedia, Getty Deal Falls Apart

Jupitermedia has ended talks with Getty images concerning a possible merger. In a press release from February 22 the company confirmed they were in discussions with Getty Images only after speculative articles had been written in the business press about the proposed deal.

A Little Help From Your Friends on Reddit

Reddit is one of the most difficult social sites to get your content popular on. It can drive thousands of visitors to websites and hundreds of links, but the question is how can you get to the top of the homepage so you can get the traffic and links?

We already know that good content and attractive post titles can really help get a story to the top of social sites. Another obviously important factor that helps a story get to the top is the amount of votes it gets. On most social sites, the friends feature can help a story get a large amount of votes in a short amount of time. If you are not too familiar with the friends feature that social sites have, it is the feature that allows one user to befriend other users.

A Nifty Keyword Cleaning Tool
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Managing keywords is a daunting task, and while there are a
number of places from which you can pull keyword lists, whittling that list
down to specific targets of value is often nonplussing and discouraging.

Luckily, there are some philanthropic souls out there
willing to help out. Recently, Aaron Wall, author of SEObook.com, created and
made available a “Keyword List Cleaner Tool” that helps organize
those vision-blurring lists.

J’accuse! Wired Attacked Over Digg Story
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Annalee Newitz engaged in a test of Digg’s ability to withstand a paid effort to boost a story to Digg’s front page, and has earned her some pointed barbs from the blogosphere.

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Dave Pasternack SEO Contest Comes to an End

The much hyped Dave Pasternack SEO contest has come to a close and the winner is

Small Business Ingenuity

A television station who couldn’t afford the $20,000 commercial link for their station enlisted the help of a wok and saved $19,990.

Google Ad Sales Head Quits

Patrick Keane, the head of advertising sales strategy at Google has called it quits. Now he will become executive VP and chief marketing officer at CBS Interactive. Keane served at Google for more than four years. Before joining Google, Keane was a VP and senior analyst at Jupiter Research.

A press release reports:

Top Contributors Get Rewards from MySQL

I just read about MySQL’s Quality Contribution Program (QCP) and I have to say it rocks! It’s a great way to build and maintain community.

Essentially, folks who submit bug reports, test cases or code patches get “QA Points”. When contributors reach a certain level of points over the past 12 months, they get a 1 year subscription to MySQL Enterprise Basic, Silver, Gold or Platinum.