Front Page Addiction: Destroying Families, Ruining Lives

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A little-known but dangerous epidemic is spreading across members of social media websites like Digg, Reddit, Propeller, Newsvine, and Mixx.  Like a secret scourge, SM-FPA (social media front page addiction) isn’t making national headines yet, but the effects have been felt in thousands of households across the world.

“Ever since my wife’s submission hit the front page of Reddit last month, we only see her on the way to the bathroom,” said Jake Dixon.  His wife Amber, better known as “diggwho”, made the front page of Reddit with a story titled Bush makes more people mad by saying something stupid.  Since then, Amber has been submitting 15-25 stories per day and has a submission hit the front page 3-5 times per week.  She declined to be interviewed.

Research scientists at the Social Media Institute of Technology (SMIT) in Kolkata, India, say that Mr. Dixon and his family are not alone.  They have documented 342 confirmed cases of SM-FPA in 2007 and estimate the actual number in the thousands. Continue reading Front Page Addiction: Destroying Families, Ruining Lives

Sick of Social Media Political Spam? Just wait. It’s Going to Get Worse.

Obama ClintonSocial Media websites are flooded with postings promoting one presidential candidate or insulting another.  Conventional wisdom says that after the nominations are handed out, we will see a decrease simply because there will be fewer people to post stories about.  This assumption is incorrect, but we’ll explain that later.  Right now, the landscape for social media coverage is starting on a temporary downslide. Continue reading Sick of Social Media Political Spam? Just wait. It’s Going to Get Worse.

Bogus Lawsuits, Wins and Losses, Don’t Buy It, and Other Recent News About Digg

DiggDigg.com is always a popular topic on blogs and tech news sites, but recently, it’s been the word of the day.  Instead of posting links to dozens of stories, we’ve hand-picked and summarized some of the best ones over the last couple of weeks.  Some are funny, some are sad, but no matter what, Digg is in the news. Continue reading Bogus Lawsuits, Wins and Losses, Don’t Buy It, and Other Recent News About Digg

Going Social for Marketing, Business, and Fun

porkfriedsocial.comSocial Media Marketing isn’t new. 2008 is simply the year that it emerges as THE thing to do if you want your business, charity, or blog to be “in” instead of “out”.

With companies that aren’t traditionally forward thinking in their marketing techniques, such as Ford Motor Company and Starbucks, making a push to enter social media marketing, it is clear that both big and small business are starting to take notice. Even local businesses are approaching anyone knowledgeable they can find on the subject to help them.

Below are some of the social media initiatives and trends from 2007 that tell of things to come in 2008. First, there are ways to create a web presence that goes beyond building a website or a blog. Then there are ways to drive traffic through social media to these websites. Continue reading Going Social for Marketing, Business, and Fun

The Year that Stumble and Digg will hit the Bridge Club Level

This really should be two separate stories, but we’ll consolidate because there are just to many similarities in the reasons why both Digg and StumbleUpon will take their already-mammoth popularity and truly become household names beyond just the tech households of the world.

Social media in general is growing, but there is still a thin but clear gap between the point that Digg and StumbleUpon currently enjoy and that next level that would yield exponential growth in visitors, pageviews, and popularity.  Call it the tipping point, and there are several points in a website’s life that can be called that, but this particular one is the last that either will enjoy. Continue reading The Year that Stumble and Digg will hit the Bridge Club Level

Compete overtakes Alexa (according to compete.com)

Compete.comAlexa.comAlexa.com was once considered one of the best indications of the health and traffic on a website.  When Compete.com entered the fray in 2000, they wanted to “…help create a more trusted, transparent, and valuable Internet.”  They wanted to compete with what alexa had to offer and become the authority on website comparisons.

If you go by their numbers, they are now that authority.

Other than a brief moment in September, Alexa has always maintained a higher traffic ranking.  This is according to the numbers supplied by compete.com.  Alexa does not rank their own site.  That’s a whole other story.  Here are the numbers: Continue reading Compete overtakes Alexa (according to compete.com)