Everything related to social networks, communities, group publishing and editing etc.

Digg puts the 'disease' in Social

Wired: I Bought Votes on Digg

Quote: CEO Jay Adelson told me before I conducted this experiment that all the groups trying to manipulate Digg "have failed," and that Digg "can tell when there are paid users."

OUCH, hutcheson!

Quote: "Resource" is an encomium bestowed only by users; "authority" is bestowed only by previously recognized authorities. Anyone who calls himself either one, is just an ego with vocal chords.


Techdirt editorial: Why People Are Such Jerks Online

Why People Are Such Jerks Online

Truth be told, and excuses aside, I suspect that one's online personality is cutting pretty close to the core.

SEO Days Launches

DaveN, Greg Boser, and Jen Slegg are launching a 2 day SEO conference series named SEO Days.

LinkedIn: I'm not a joiner by nature...

...but I gotta admit, I'm impressed.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not getting all warm-n-fuzzy about social networks, 99% don't have a snowball's chance in hell and I'd assigned LinkedIn to that category. When I joined up (I think over 2 years ago, but couldn't find a date field in the profile), I didn't see much critical mass, and promptly bailed out. I figured the profile would die. It didn't, evidently, and I was ping'd a day or two ago by an old friend in the SEO industry.

Battelle says YellowPages 'gets it'

Read the comments, there may be a TW pop-quiz later. Debbie says (yes, Debbie is back); Uummm, this and $4 gets YP a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

YellowPages.com Gets It

Video Gary Replies

Gary Ruplinger, the guy with the famous social bookmarking video, recently replied on Greg Boser's blog about his video:

I think that for a lot of new people, they’ll spend hours trying to get their meta tags just right or get their keyword density to an optimal level because some free article they read, some outdated forum post, or some friend just as clueless as they are told them to. When instead they should be focusing on two things – quality content AND quality links.

NickW Has A Social Disease

Nick Wilson posts about his new it'll-do-until-the-next-real-one-comes-along-baby, ClickInfluence.

Clickinfluence is a dedicated social media marketing agency focused on helping companies build traffic, relationships and brand awareness within the social media space.

Server Clock Error @ TW

Some of the comments are out of order because for a while the site was posting comments as though it was tomorrow already...I think it was a server clock issue assocatied with the site recently moving servers...sorry about that.

Danny gets thumbs-down at Digg


Oh, sorry Danny. That's a tough crowd. What was the quote I once used under my nick at SEW?... "There's no justice like angry mob justice!"

LondonSEO.org Party Confirmed For 15th

After the success of last year's event, the London SEO community has announced another even bigger party to coincide with this year's SES London conference.

Rand Proposed on TV

Congrats to Rand...he was the guy behind the Superbowl proposal, and she said yes.

Flickr users will need a Yahoo login

Flickr announce that all users will need a Yahoo login to continue using the service after March 15:


More Big Names Heading for Second Life

For those not familiar with the Australian version of ABC think in terms of very conservative broadcasters of a similar type to the BBC and you're close to the Australian Broadcasting Commission


MySpace partners with NCMEC to provide added distribution for Amber Alerts

I wanted to follow up this thread about my petition to MySpace (which asked them to show us profiles of children that have gone missing in our areas, based on our Zips and/or IPs.) A few days ago Simrin Mangat, the Manager of Safety & Security of Fox Interactive Media Inc., sent me the following press release that said they are going to do precisely that...

Announcing The Dave Pasternack SEO Contest

Threadwatch has decided to get on the SEO contest bandwagon. Whoever ranks #1 in Google for Dave Pasternack at noon Eastern on March 1st, 2007 wins $1,000 from Threadwatch. In addition to the $1,000 prize for the top ranking site, Threadwatch will also give away $100 to the most interesting PPC ad running at that time, as voted for by our editors.

mySpace launches suit against CPAEmpire for Phishing

Scott Richter has been named specifically in a suit filed on friday in Los Angeles by MySpace/Newscorp. http://money.cnn.com/2007/01/22/technology/myspace.reut/?postversion=2007012215 http://news.google.ca/news?hl=en&ncl=1112944821

MySpace has long been a repository of SPAM, but now they are looking to stem the flood by targeting the most troublesome of the bunch, Phishers.

How do you keep your kids safe online?

Prompted by the recent myspace thread, I'd like to ask the question:

"What are others here doing to protect or monitor their children's online activities?"

It's a tough job. There's all sorts of nasties out there, from viruses to predators, to porn, to disturbing videos. All stuff we don't want our kids viewing during their formative years.

MySpace Sued For Not Being Better Parents

The lawsuits have started flying and you have to wonder how long it will take before other social networking sites are next on the list.

MySpace Hit With Online Predator Suits

Matt Cutts can't even make Wiki

In the latest display of arbitary deletions, Matt Cutts entry at wikipedia was marked for deletion...and the regular trend of 'we have to listen seriously to these stupid requests' ensued.