MyBlogLog's Relevancy Overhaul
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MyBlogLog's Relevancy Overhaul

MyBlogLog is a great service for building up your site and encouraging community. However, with the site’s own rise in popularity over the past several months, meaningful interaction was becoming less prevalent and distinguishing those community members who were actively participating in your site from those who simply joined and then never returned was becoming more difficult.

The Funniest Infomercial
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The Funniest Infomercial

Infomercials are well known for selling products, but how many of them are actually entertaining? The problem with watching them is that they are boring so even if they are selling a great product it is hard to keep viewers concentrated. Today I was surfing YouTube and I actually found an infomercial that was humorous enough to keep me tuned-in.

Why You Should Use Full Feeds
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Why You Should Use Full Feeds

Using full feeds to disseminate your content over RSS may seem silly. After all, if people can consume all your content through their RSS reader, they have no incentive to visit your site. Whereas if you only provide them with a snippet from the entirety of the content, then they have to click through to your website to read more, there by increasing page views, right? Not quite, according to Rick Klau, the Vice President of Publishing Services at FeedBurner.

Netscape's Fatal Flaw
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Netscape's Fatal Flaw

Every social news site has its strong points and its weak points. Netscape, while manages to get many things right, has a fatal flaw that may eventually destroy the community aspect of the site if they keep allowing people to abuse it without any consequences.

Social Networks Are The New Porn
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Social Networks Are The New Porn

Since the rise of the internet in the 1990s, pornography has ruled the internet. While difficult to measure accurately, the online pornography industry is estimated to be worth about $1 billion, and counts for about 13% of website visits in America (compared to search engines, which account for 7%). But it appears that new uses are about to overtake pornography in terms of online popularity.

SEO 101 for politics
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SEO 101 for politics

As the presidential race begins to heats up, search engine marketing is going to play a big role in the elections. It will be critical for candidates to have good visibility in the search engines for issues related to the election. It is also critical that candidates effectively manage their reputations as they don’t want the dirt to be visible to those people using the search engines to help with their voting decisions.

Google’s Dice: It’s a Gamble
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Google’s Dice: It’s a Gamble

About a month and a half ago, Google Operating System noted that a previous iteration (from 2001) of the Google Toolbar had an intriguing functionality that at the time no one thought much of: voting a site up or down (via smiley face or frowning face). I noted the obvious, that this functionality was identical to StumbleUpon‘s thumbs-up or thumbs-down vote, but also that it was odd that Google would lack the foresight to see the social implications (or potential) of this feature (not only as used by StumbleUpon but it was also similar in many ways to Digg with the up or down vote for a site).