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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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...]

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. [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...]

Stumbled! (too soon)

StumbleUponWelcome Stumblers!

Our goal was to have a news story about StumbleUpon up and running before we got the homepage stumbled, but it’s too late now.  We’ve been researching the Web 2.0, social media “wild card” (that’s one of the angles we were considering) for several weeks now.  Tons of story ideas, but with a website like StumbleUpon, if you’re going to write something, it better be the right story.

The effect that SU has had on the Internet has been unique and engrossing.  On the surface, it shouldn’t work.  People want to see what they want to see, not what others want them to see, right?  It just isn’t so. [Read more...]