Why Reddit is More Politically Powerful than Other Social Media Websites

Digg has the traffic.  StumbleUpon has the users.  Reddit has the game when it comes to influencing political opinions.

All of the top social media websites have their advantages and disadvantages.  For political prowess, Reddit has the one major advantage and several minor advantages that make it more of a focal point for politicians than the mass exposure that Digg and StumbleUpon enjoy.  The major advantage is the discussion and debate through comments. [Read more...]

SEO Spammers: Leave Social Media Sites Alone!

Spam 2.0You’ve seen them before.  They create accounts that have either a gibberish name or “SEOSuperstud”.  No avatar, or one that is their company logo.  They might have lots of people befriended.  They may have none.

They always submit.  They never vote/Digg/upmod anyone else’s submissions.  Their submissions get 1 or fewer votes (unless they are a MASS – a Multi-Account-SEO-Spammer, in which case they will have more than one, but it will always be the same amount and always voted by the same “people”).

They submit stories or websites that nobody from social media visits or votes for, and they don’t care.  They are the social media SEO Spammers.  If nobody clicks on their link, no worries.  The only visit they care about is from Googlebots, and sadly (in some cases) Google will visit and take note of the website.

We wanted to make a video spoof on the “Leave Britney Alone” theme, but neither Chris Crocker nor Seth Green were available.  Instead, we’ll just put together a nice little rant about why Reddit, Propeller, Newsvine, Mixx, StumbleUpon, Sphinn, Digg, and the others are not communities tolerant of spammers.  More importantly, we’ll offer ways to combat the issue.  Read on. [Read more...]

Digg is from Mars, Reddit is from Uranus

(In other news, Front Page Addiction: Destroying Families, Ruining Lives

Digg RedditThere are many mini-wars being fought on the Internet.  Facebook vs. MySpace.  Google vs. Yahoo.  Apple vs. Microsoft.

One of the most polarized mini-wars going on is Reddit vs. Digg.  While the two differ so greatly in look, feel, style, and membership, they are generally going after the same crowd – those who want to read and share in media on the Internet.  There are others out there – Propeller (formerly Netscape), Newsvine, newcomer Mixx – but in the end, Digg is the top dog and Reddit is #2.

Those who are dedicated to either Digg or Reddit sometimes find it hard to crossover between the two.  If you look at the top members for both, you will not find any duplicates.  MrBabyMan, Digg’s top guy, does not have a Reddit account (unless Andrew is using a different name, which is unlikely).  QGYH2, Reddit’s top guy, does have an account on Digg that has had some success, but not to the extent to be considered a “top digger”.  Down the lists, this trend continues.  Top Diggers are not Top Redditers.  Period.

In any polarized war there are differences.  Here is a breakdown of the differences and an analysis of their impact on each website. [Read more...]

Propeller: Knock knock knockin’ on Reddit’s Door

RedditPropellerCompete.com’s and Alexa.com’s numbers are far from gospel, but they do offer an excellent comparative indicator for traffic. Looking at the traffic estimates and trends for Reddit and Propeller, it’s very conceivable that Propeller will overtake Reddit for the #2/#3 (depending on whether you consider StumbleUpon a social news website) position behind Digg amongst the social news powerhouse websites.

For a long time, Netscape was technically #2 in traffic, but most acknowledge that this was misleading. Many people typed in Netscape, not realizing it had become a social media website. Other sources sent traffic to Netscape, but only a small percentage used it for it’s news-based purpose. When the move to the new Propeller.com URL was announced, many believed that it spelled doom for the once-proud alternative to the Yahoo! and MSN homepages. [Read more...]

Social Media: Experts Offer Tips for Success

There are always articles about getting started in or getting better at social media, but this week was flooded with some great ones written by talented, respected authors.  Here, I have compiled some great resources, some “must reads” for anyone wanting a leg up.

Social media is huge and growing.  Those who have had success are often not willing to offer advice.  It was a great week — the advice was strong and it seemed to be free flowing.  Enjoy

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Social Self Sabotage

Ben Cook with bloggingexperiment.com takes a very straight-forward, conversational approach to showing the primary mistakes that submitters of social media make.  Faking comments, misleading titles… we’ve all been tempted to try it.  Some of us (myself included) have had marginal success doing these things.  In the long run, it is futile and hurts your chances of building a strong profile that puts stories on the front pages consistently.

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