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Mainstreaming Reddit

August 6, 2013 John 0

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.

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Digg relaunches, takes archives offline

August 1, 2012 John 1

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?


The wrong way(s) to use Twitter

April 2, 2011 John 1

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.


Cable and web providers fight back against internet TV

January 14, 2011 John 1

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.

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Is Digg self destructing?

September 7, 2010 John 2

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?

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Reddit Mod Can’t Escape Controversy

March 19, 2010 John 1

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!

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When Marketers become Moderators

March 5, 2010 John 4

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.

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Remember, the Internet Moves Faster than You

January 22, 2010 John 2

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.

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Notes on New Media

December 7, 2009 John 0

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.

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SideWiki – Hardly Worth Writing About

October 7, 2009 John 1

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.

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Follow-up rant: Digg nofollow ignores site’s problems

September 9, 2009 John 0

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.

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Digg Goes Nofollow – Keeps Pushing Framed URLs

September 3, 2009 John 3

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.

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Nofollow Bookmarking Heats Up the Aggregator vs Content War

July 17, 2009 John 0

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?

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Digg Cleans Up SEO Mess

April 23, 2009 John 0

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.

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Digg Gets into the Content Theft Business

April 4, 2009 John 4

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!