Minor Flaw Grants Uber-Karma through Mixx Communities

Mixx CommunitiesPound for pound, punch for punch, Mixx has been a true innovator in social media as it approaches it’s first full year of popularity in the segment.  Their recent launch of Mixx Communities is no exception — a true step in the right direction that most other social media sites have either ignored or just haven’t considered.

Below is the bulk of the coverage so far regarding the launch of the new feature, but something minor that was overlooked that had a negative effect on the launch was a miscalculation in the Karma aspect of the communities.  It seems to have been fixed now, but for the first couple of days, someone could accumulate thousands of Karma points by simply creating Mixx Communities and importing stories. [Read more...]

Impeachment Coverage – Who got it fastest?

Social News SitesWhen the news wires started buzzing, burning, and smoking about Dennis Kucinich introducing 35 letters of impeachment against President George W. Bush, we started watching the three top social media sites to see who would get the news the quickest to their front page.

As of the time of this post, it was broken 3 hours, 33 minutes ago.  We started watching the front pages of Digg, Reddit, Propeller, Newsvine, and Mixx just over 3 hours ago.  Here are the results: [Read more...]

New Blogs Focus on What Did NOT Hit the Front Page of Digg

PopFAILOn an episode of The Drill Down 3 weeks ago, MrBabyMan, Zaibatsu, MSaleem, and about 50 people in the chat room of their Ustream broadcast discussed putting up a site where stories that didn’t make it to the front page of Digg could “find a resting place.”  After a quick brainstorming session, Lost Shovels was born.

While it hasn’t taken off yet as hoped with only 4 stories posted there currently, a variation of the idea was created at PopFAIL.  This one has much more activity currently (I am one of the contributors) and each submission is accompanied by an analysis of why it didn’t make it and why it should have made it to the front page of Digg. [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.

Tagsum Gets New Name, Fresh Look

Public BlendSocial media site Tagsum no longer exists. Well, it does, but not the way it used to.

Recent updates to the site and a redirect from the tagsum domain highlight the grand “re-opening” of Public Blend. New features include a personalized PublicBlend page similar in concept to Mixx, but with a little more functionality.

We will be surfing, prodding, and poking through the site over the next few days. In the meantime, check it out and tell us (or more importantly, them) what you think.

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Digg has moved away from being about the news

Here’s a post on Soshable about how Digg is moving away from being a social news site and becoming more about being weird.  The example listed is based upon this image which is currently on pace to break the 10k digg mark before the day is done.

Read the whole article about how Digg is no longer a social news site.