Best Advice for Mixx: Stop Following Digg

This won’t be a popular article.  It can’t be Dugg because it mentions Mixx and it can’t be Mixxed because it seems to lean towards being critical.  In hopes of my true feelings being expressed and understood, let me say that I love Digg and I love Mixx.  Both are the best at what they do.

What do they do?  Digg serves up the ultimate in news niblets for us to ingest at our leisure.  It grants incredible exposure to quality content and helps blogs, large and small, to pop up on someone’s screen who never would have visited otherwise.  This doesn’t even touch on the other recipients such as YouTube, Flickr, and traditional news sources online.

Mixx does the same thing, right?  Well, sort of.  Mixx does offer the same type of quality content.  It does grant exposure, but not on the same scale (or in the same ballpark) as Digg.  Still, its strength lies in the people and their attitudes.  For the most part, Mixx is a much more social and sociable platform that Digg or any of its clones. [Read more...]

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. [Read more...]

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. [Read more...]

Digg wins in 2007, Looking great in 2008

2007 was the year that social media truly emerged as a power player on the Internet.  2008 will be the year that it hits the next, final level.  Expect Digg.com to lead the way in more ways than traffic.

First, the numbers.  Compete.com shows that 2007 was huge for all of the major social media sites.  Even though Reddit showed the highest percentage increase, Digg is still tracking at 10 times more traffic.  The graph below compares Digg, Reddit, and StumbleUpon.  You’ll notice that Reddit and StumbleUpon have very similar trends, while Digg has mixed movement — sometimes huge increases, sometime steady.  This really speaks to the growth potential — it can jump up at any time.

 Digg Reddit StumbleUpon

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Don’t Submit this Story to Digg

BuriedWarning: submitting this story to Digg will result in a quick burial.

Over the last two months, we’ve had a lot of fun with this blog, thinking of stories and headlines that would appeal to social media users.  Since social news is the topic, we didn’t think it would be that hard.  All three of us are active on several SM sites with friends who are even more active.  It was the perfect fit.

After 8 stories that made the front page of Digg, we have officially pissed some people off.  It’s my fault for being too arrogant, too greedy, too addicted to the traffic boost and mass exposure.  We used a ton of “digg bait” that has proven to be our downfall. [Read more...]

Winds of Change in Social Media Promise Improvements

PenguinsOn the internet, change is part of the definition. In social media, changes are happening literally by the minute. 2008 promises to show humungous growth and an incredible amount of change for major and minor social media websites.

Certain things will be universal as the websites below grow. Some were acquired, some will be acquired in the future, but one thing that we have seen and that we will continue to see is a lack of a shake-up based upon the acquisitions. When a larger company buys a smaller company in the “real world”, there are normally big changes made right from the start. These changes rarely result in mass exodus of employees (unless done by design) nor does it yield a major drop in consumers.

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