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There are those who spend several hours every day on social media websites like Digg, Reddit, Propeller, Mixx, Sphinn, and StumbleUpon.  These sites invariably get huge benefit by having these people, as they can themselves become part of the news.  The question is, “What’s in it for them?”

Is it the fame and notoriety?  Few use their real names as their profile name, so that COULD be it, but I tend to think it’s a small part.

Power?  Most have heard of the Digg Effect, while a power Stumbler can have a huge effect on a website with a click of a button.  Do they enjoy knowing that they’ve helped out a blog or website tremendously (or possibly killed their server) by sending thousands of people to their website?  Perhaps.

Is it an earnest desire to spread quality content?  Maybe they’re promoting an opinion, a trend, a product?  Helping a candidate or a cause?

Maybe it’s just fun.  As one top Digger who already answered the question for me noted, “Some people play Xbox 360.”  He, on the other hand, shuts down servers.  Hopefully, we’ll know soon enough.

The story itself will probably be posted here, but it may end up on my new blog (with nothing currently on it) at soshable.com.  Either way, I’ll let you know.  Please post your comments.

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Banned at Digg? Talk to the Hand!

Banned at DiggThe issue has been building up for a few weeks now. It’s taboo, of course, to discuss Digg.com in a negative light, but there have been “closed-door” secret meetings amongst diggers recently. Via GTalk, it’s a hot topic among active diggers.

A couple of weeks ago, Tamar Weinberg posted Why Nobody Should Buy Digg. It details some of the circumstances behind recent bannings and the apparent turnaround in how Digg handles them. In short, they don’t. If you’re banned, Digg won’t talk to you. They won’t talk to anyone else about you. [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...]