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.
MySpace is now rotating presidential candidate profiles in their “Cool New People” section located in different places throughout […]
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.
While it is hard to argue that Twitter is merely a fad and will soon blow over, we are beginning to see signs that opinion-polarizing micro-blogging service’s traffic may have peaked. As if that news wasn’t bad enough, now it appears that the 19 million member strong social networking site Facebook may put an end to Twitter.
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.
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.
We are well aware, the world over, of China’s infamous censorship laws that block access to any kind of content that disagrees with the opinion of the state. However, seldom do we contemplate the state of content availability and accessibility in the U.S.
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.
Before you actually read this article, try to make an educated guess about the top 1-5 sites visited most frequently by US internet users in March 2007. While many of you will make the same guesses, the results are going to surprise you.
StumbleUpon has released a new feature dubbed StumbleThru, described by the site as simply “A brand new way to explore personalized content within fast-growing sites!” In actuallity, the feature is much closer to a mechanism of viewing content only from sites that are considered ‘high trust’ or ‘pre-approved’ based on ratings received from the masses.
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.
I’ve discussed numerous times before, how traffic measured in page views can be misleading and how Compete’s Attention Metrics that calculate site popularity and influence based on time spent by visitors, are a much better metric. Now we have what may prove to be the final nail in the coffin of the page view as a viable metric.
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).
James Brown once sang “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”. We’ve come a long way since 1966 and that fact no longer remains true, especially in the online world. The demographic of US internet users has changed and is likely to remain that way. Here’s what you need to know and why this change matters.
It’s good to have fun and try to be clever when you’re trying to brand a product, but as Google reminded us yesterday, its more important to be clear and get your message across.