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Digg Adds Image Functionality
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Digg Adds Image Functionality

Day before yesterday, Digg launched its new image functionality feature. Although its primary effect on Digg will probably be to silence the countless users that keep complaining about no image section, it also makes some interesting changes to the submission process that are worth mentioning.

Gamespot: How To Destroy Your Brand And Alienate People
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Gamespot: How To Destroy Your Brand And Alienate People

Digg (and the rest of the internet) was ablaze this weekend as gamers took to message boards to protest the firing of Gamespot’s long-time reviewer, Jeff Gerstmann. The incident not only had broad ramifications for the whole game enthusiast industry, it also demonstrated how badly the P.R. division of a major company like CNET, owner of Gamespot, can completely melt down, destroying one of its precious brands in the process.

Political Backlash on Reddit
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Political Backlash on Reddit

Unlike Digg, Reddit allows its users to submit pages from the Reddit.com URL. Often this leads to wildly popular headlines that are simply criticisms of Reddit and its voting system. While the efficacy of these critiques is debatable, it has certainly fostered a degree of openness that is very difficult to find on Digg. Today we take a look at one particular form of backlash brewing against the culture of Reddit.

The Qualities of a Good Digg Title
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The Qualities of a Good Digg Title

Each day, thousands of stories are submitted to Digg by its users, who often have vastly different reasons for submitting them. Some use Digg as just a personal bookmarking service, while others submit their own content in the hopes that it will get attention from others. Still others just want to share good, quality content with the world. In any case, a key component of getting people to notice your story is having a good Digg title. But exactly what makes a good Digg title? This blog has written about the characteristics of good Digg titles in the past but today I thought we should take another look.

The Curse of the Daily Post
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The Curse of the Daily Post

When faced with the myriad Content options that users have when they surf the web, many bloggers feel enormous pressure to update their blogs on a daily, consistent basis. But is this truly a productive practice? Today we take a look at one theory.

Comedy Central Takes Control of Its Content
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Comedy Central Takes Control of Its Content

For months, sites like Rawstory and Crooksandliars have been taking content from The Daily Show, re-purposing it for their site, and getting it onto the front page of Digg and Reddit. With Comedy Central’s (CC’s) recent launch of their official Daily Show website, CC has made it incredibly easy to view and submit their content to a host of social networking sites. Today we take a look at the new site.

Protecting Your Online Reputation
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Protecting Your Online Reputation

Customers deserve the right to review your services in an impartial and public way. However, they don’t have the right to deceive people about your business. Now more than ever, when disgruntled customers spread falsehoods about you online, the damage can be significant. Today, we look at one example and evaluate some ways to protect yourself.