It looks like Social Media is loosing it's warm fuzzy all are welcome democratic mentality. Instead they've taken some pretty aggressive moves banning many sites and blogs in the SEO community. Yesterday I learned that Lee Odden has his domain banned at Digg. Chris who's a regular TW member also put together a list of some domains banned at Digg. The problem is it's possible to be an innocent bystander and have your domain banned, I put up post showing you how to get someone else's domain banned in digg earlier this week.
Well, not wishing to be left behind in the multi-billion £££ social networking sector, DaveN has announced TickMe.com, an interesting twist on the social networking idea, with some elements of speed-dating thrown in (or just the ability to stalk Dave if you like.
I'm no programmer - but this sounds like a pretty cool tool to experiment with if you are.
libSNA is an open-source library for Social Network Analysis, licensed under the LGPL. This library is under active development by Abe Usher in hopes that it will serve as a catalyst for improving the field of Social Network Analysis.
This story is a few days old, but new information continues to be added:
Basically the proposed law would force all websites to report any illegal images or obscene content to the authorities immediately. They would also be required to keep records of the incident for 6 months or face criminal and civil penalties.
In a somewhat surprising development, Techcrunch revealed this morning that The NY Times has decided to integrate social media links to Digg, Newsvine and Facebook into a majority of their online articles, under the "Share" link.
Alex Tew creator of the original The Million Dollar Home Page has come up with a second version Pixelotto. In this version he's giving away cash prizes to people who click on the ads and visit the sites, and cash back to one of the advertisers after all the links are sold (See How It Works).
Another one bites the dust I'm affraid, as the domain www.sma-eu.org has epxired and now holds one of the usual spammy holding pages.
What happend to SMA-eu? They launched with gun blazzing trying to tell eveyone that THIS was the Euro organisation for SEM/SEO, but they died down very very fast. We never got an answer to our initial application so of course we ditched it all together. But people have been asking lately?
an investigation by The Sunday Times has discovered that hotels and restaurants are drumming up business by posting glowing reviews of themselves.
In the course of the investigation it found:
* Proprietors describing hotels as 'outstanding', 'excellent' and 'charming' without declaring their interest in the business.
* Marketing executives to top British hotels recommending perks be offered to customers in return for a promise of a good review.
* Hotel star ratings on well-known websites that could be easily 'ramped' with just a few e-mails from bogus customers
Patrick Gavin just pinged me to announce Text Link Ads has been acquired by MediaWhiz. The TLA staff will be moving to New York City and working as a part of MediaWhiz, a holding company offering a variety of advertising platforms.
Many people have complained about the TW feed being broken. I am not sure if this is a Feedburner issue, or an issue associated with our Drupal or our server. Anyone a bit more in the know want to hook us up with a bit of knowledge on how to figure out the problem and fix it? In other words, heeellllllpppppppp :)