If you recall, I mentioned three hidden dangers of Twitter, and one of them was the hidden costs accrued through the use of SMS (text messaging). Shortly thereafter, I pointed out a lightweight utility that could help you avoid the ‘Twitter tax’. Now Twitter has made move to address Twitter’s hidden danger number 2, itself.
Whenever you see a list of top sites, whether it is the Technorati top 100, the Alexa top 500, or the Schroeder top 40, each of these ranking methods exclusively use one metric to calculate popularity, and therefore is inherently inaccurate. I got an email today about what could be the most accurate method of ranking top sites. Let me know what you think about this.
Technorati has made several changes to their site and the way they display information about the sites that are indexed by them. Here’s a look at what’s new.
It’s surprising how much email I get from people who simply sign their email with their name, telephone number, and street address. Nowhere to be found is their web presence or how to get in touch with them over instant messaging clients. Not inserting a link to your online presence is simply free traffic lost, but just throwing a link on there isn’t going to work either. Here’s how to use your email signature to increase traffic, the right way.
There is a secret amongst bloggers. We never speak of it, and we never try to show it, but sometimes matters are out of our hands and it becomes apparent even though we don’t want it to (though it’s okay and even good to talk about it). Well today I’m going to let that secret out of the bag.
There are kings and there are king makers. Social media is an example of a ‘space’ that serves both functions. Take for example the case of Mike Gravel, until about a week ago he was a complete unknown, but since the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary Debate of April 26th, he is all that the people can talk about.
Many people have contacted me today wondering why Digg is censoring content, and wanting me to ‘expose’ it. Well, to be honest, the answer is that they had to, and they were right to do it. For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, a story that made it to the front-page of Digg earlier was removed from all views on the site and the url for the site where the content originated from has been blocked from being submitted to Digg.
It is incredibly important to focus your content to one field, niche, or industry and try to deviate from it as little as possible. The mark of a good blog is how consistently focused its content is, and a quick way to judge blogs in this respect is to look at their tag clouds (and if not available, just look at the list of categories).