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.
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.
Firebrand recently launched with a relatively new business model: Broadcast all advertisements, all the time, but only display the ones that the company deems creative and interesting. Today, we take a look at the new service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today is Blog Action Day, and thousands of blogs (including Pronet) have chosen to participate by both bringing attention to the environment and donating the day’s revenue to a green cause.
What would happen if thousands of blogs decided to focus on one issue for one day, in an attempt at spreading awareness and raising money for good?
When you’re a Web 2.0 startup, it’s difficult to build your customer base and fight for legitimacy in the face of more established, entrenched tech companies. But there are certainly things you can avoid to make things easier for yourself.
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.
Nokia has not pulled its punches with Apple in the past, buying AdWords that have reached straight for the heart of Apple fanboys. Yesterday, photos of Nokia poster ads made their rounds on the internet. Today, we examine the efficacy of these ads.
We use so many different mediums to communicate daily. We have e-mail, instant messaging, blogging, podcasting, and video podcasting. While most things can be conveyed through text, sometimes using visuals is an absolute must, and like most of us if you’re not a video-pro, SketchCast is for you.
Despite privacy concerns and complaints about sexual predators (about which Facebook has decided not to do anything and is now being investigated), the Facebook buzz machine is going strong, valuating the company at $10 billion.
One of the things that I know from personal experience is that if you are passionate about multiple things, it doesn’t mean you dive into all of them because you may not be able to deliver your best on all fronts. It seems that Kevin Rose is having a similar problem by spreading himself across multiple platforms (Digg, Pownce, and Revision 3).
NBC has announced that it will offer a service that allows users to download the company’s most popular television shows directly from their site. The problem? The service is in direct conflict with their Hulu but is too good an opportunity to pass up.
With the advent of Web 2.0 it seems that most new media entrepreneurs have delegated the responsibility of coming up with names for their services to four year-olds. Will these names stick or is it just wishful thinking?