Reddit is pushing hard – and well on its way – to being the next big thing on the internet, but the process threatens to undermine what made the community unique without necessarily delivering the profitability that Reddit’s parent company wants to see.
After a complete change in ownership, Digg is back online with a brand new design that completely unpublishes all of the 14,000,000 URLs Google previously had indexed on the domain. While the effects of these changes for Digg’s declining user-base and Google’s search results have yet to be seen, it is certain that the latest big splash is going to cause some waves in the online ecosystem. While the new Digg hasn’t exploded on to the scene as a superstar, but it isn’t inspiring the same kind of anger as earlier updates had. Will apathy be good enough to keep this one-time powerhouse online?
A judge upholds Twitters claim to own your tweets, and this ruling is already being used to present social media records in criminal prosecution. Unfortunately, this is far from the only attack against online freedom of speech.
Now that I’ve actually given Twitter a proper chance, I’ve learned about how I was using it in the completely wrong ways. Learn from my mistakes before missing out on the potential of the platform.
Many ISPs are heavily invested in cable and satellite television distribution, so they’ve got an interest in stifling internet TV and a position from which they can actually fight back. In the long run though, the old media models are simply doomed.
The newest release of Digg has gone online and the initial reaction has been quite negative. Will a new direction bring on a new set of users and a more viable business model, or drive away loyal long-time members?
Does every business and brand need its own army of social media profiles and Twitter accounts? They sure seem to think so!
Social media can be a powerful way to promote a popular product, but if that product is no good it is an advertising strategy that is likely to backfire in a big way.
If you thought that being outed as a marketer would be enough of a conflicting interest to cause moderators to be banned or at least demoted, then you’re wrong! Despite the backlash and fallout, Reddit’s most infamous mod is still trying to use her authority position to promote links and ban complaints. Does it all work out in the end? Of course not!
Taking on a powerful moderation position in a popular social website might seem like a dream gig for an online marketer, but the consequences of such conflicting interests can also backfire in a really crushing way.
Is Identi.ca the superior micro-blogging service? For web publishers, I would say the answer is a resounding yes.
The internet’s social media sphere is moving fast, and there’s no way you can realistically keep up with the sheer volume of links and content fighting for space on the front pages. There are though, some other ways to make sure that your contributions are still visible to people and search engines.
The rise of new media will not be without problems and obstacles – from logistical and financial concerns to deliberate road blocks in the way of a social mode of sharing information, the future of journalism is far from clear-cut.
Google SideWiki has been hailed as everything from a revolutionary approach to web democracy or an evil scheme to maximize pageviews. In reality, its a bunch of noise and nearly useless comments that doesn’t seem to attract much activity.
Digg’s latest move to make upcoming story links set to “nofollow” won’t do much to address the problems with the site. It certainly hasn’t done anything to improve the quality of upcoming links… Instead, the front page is controlled by a few users and a few domains – and if you happen to become popular with submissions from outside of the white listed sites you may be at risk for a ban.
Digg is trying to fight spam the laziest way ever invented – by slapping a nofollow attribute on all upcoming stories, profile pages, and comment links. In the meantime, they will continue to frame your content and encourage users to link toward the framed version of your website.
Content writers have increasingly threatened legal action against aggregators, and nofollow is a significant part of the widening rift. How does a legitimate social bookmarking site differ from a content scraping system? How is the traffic faring for those who balance the interests of content writers versus those who don’t?
Not all promotion strategies work for every type of website – for example, niche marketing and social media don’t tend to get along in the long run.
I mentioned in the last post about Digg’s adventures in content framing, and specifically about how these changes were affecting search engine indexing. After just a few weeks of publisher outrage, Digg finds a way to keep their frame while keeping publishers placated.
Digg goes beyond link sharing to outright content theft. Will the new toolbar help generate revenue or alienate users and force publishers to get their pitchforks out? I vote for pitchforks!