Google+ Halts Image Saving from Right-Click on Google+ Posts

Google+ recently added some features but also made some other significant changes to the Google Plus social network. Among one of the changes that they made does not appear to be mentioned by anyone yet–the fact that users can no longer save images that have been uploaded by other users. This a rather significant change, and will have an effect on a lot of the images that are shared on Google+.

Let’s me explain, using a specific example. Let’s say, for example, that you’re browsing Google+ What’s Hot page, and see a photo or image that someone shared. Just like the image that I’ve added below:

whatshot-image-google-plus

You really like the image, and want to share it with your friends. Okay, that’s great. You have a few options:

- you can click on the +1 button to +1 it, and, because of the way Google+ works, stuff you +1 will show up on your friends’ feed/timeline. You don’t have to actually share it with them.
- you can click on the “share” button and share it with your friends.

Before this recent Google+ change, you had a third option: click on the image, and the image would be displayed on another page. Then, you could right-click on the image and “save image as…” and save it to your hard drive. Then, you could upload the image to your own feed/timeline or simply share it on another social network.

After this recent update on Google+, you can no longer save images. You can no longer “right-click” to save the image.

Now, your only option is to use some sort of screen capture program or browser add-on to grab the image and save it.

This is actually good news and a good change for Google+. As a result of this minor change:

- We will see a lot less ‘image saving’, thus if your original photo or image is posted, it’s less likely to be copied and used elsewhere.
- We will see more image sharing, and less of the same image shared over and over again.

I have seen many cases where the same exact image or animated GIF file is on the “what’s hot” page on Google+ all at the same time, shared by separate people. With this new change, it will be virtually impossible for this to happen in the future, unless, for example, it’s attached to a news story or contains a link out to another site.

The only ‘bad news’ part of this is that it appears that Google has disabled the right-click to save option on the actual post page (what happens when you click on an image to see the Google+ post) and not on the actual Google+ feed/timeline.

So, if you were to click on the photo in a post, you will get to a page like this, the actual post page:

whatshot-photo-example-page

If you are on that page, you cannot “right click” to save the image. But, you can still save the image directly from your feed/timeline.

Update:
It appears that although Google+ has disabled the right-click save as… feature, they’ve actually sort of “moved” this ability to save the photo. I’m not sure of the actual intentions of this (perhaps they want to know which photos are downloaded?), but you can actually download the image. Here is how to do that:

1. Click on the photo from the timeline/feed.
2. You will see another actual post page, with the comments (if any) on the right side as shown in the screen capture below:

download-photo-google-plus

3. Click on the “more” menu and then click “download”.

I suspect that Google has done this because they want to take more control over the photos that are downloaded. And, they want to know which photos are downloaded.

Don’t forget to add me on Google+.

Read What I’ve Written About Google+
How to Create a Google+ Page For Your Business
How to Get Your Google+ Posts Indexed in Google
Google Buys Illegal +.com Domain Name
Google Stops Indexing Google+ Posts
World’s Largest Googe+1 Button
Why You Should Use Google+
How to Remove Circle Counts on Google+
How to Promote Your Personal Brand on Google+
Are Google+ and +1 Changing Web Marketing?
How to Increase Your Followers on Google+
Google Halts Image Saving On Their Social Network
Study Google Ripples to See Why Posts Go Hot

Pinterest Review: What is So Pinteresting About Pinterest?

You may or may not have heard, but there is a new social media site called Pinterest. Unlike other social media sites where the main focus is to build a profile, with Pinterest, the emphasis is on “pinning” pictures that interest you to your various pin boards (hence the name Pinterest). From there, you can vote up pinned pictures, or make comments. Getting started with Pinterest is easy, but getting in is not quite as simple.

First off, the only way to get on Pinterest is through an invite from someone already on Pinterest. Once you get your invite, you can use either your Facebook, or Twitter account to set up a new Pinterest account. Once you have logged in, you can upload a picture to serve as the avatar for your profile. From there you are taken to a listing of default “pin boards” where you can start pinning up pictures immediately to get you going (ex. Pictures of Me, Things I Love, etc.). You can even make up your own pin boards, and pin pictures to them as well. There are several categories to choose from, such as Art, Fitness, and Sports. There’s even an Other category if you still can’t find a category that would fit your picture. Surprisingly enough, Pinterest is not limited to just pinning pictures. You can also pin videos as well. So if you have a favorite video that you would like to share with others, just go ahead, and pin it up.

Here’s where it gets interesting for those who are doing marketing, and looking for a new avenue to market your products (for those who haven’t figured out some ideas already). Pinterest also has a Gifts category that is sectioned off according to price. Therefore, if you are looking to market a low, or high dollar item, then doing so on Pinterest is a possibility. Please keep in mind that spamming the site will get this feature shut down eventually, so please utilize this feature with wisdom, and some degree of moderation.

Here are some ideas of how you can use Pinterest to market your products:

– Write an article about various products that you offer under a particular price point (ex: Great Gift Ideas Under $20). Pin the pictures in the article to a pin board in your Pinterest account, and share them with others.
– Create a video teaching someone how to do something, and share the video on Pinterest. To make this idea even more powerful, you could write an article, or blog post, and include the video on the blog post, and then pin the video from the blog post to your Pinterest account.
– Take some funny pictures in your area, or neighborhood, and put the URL to your website at the bottom of the picture, and then share the picture on one of your pin boards.

While Pinterest is definitely a marketer’s dream, in order to help keep it that way, there are still a few things to ask yourself before posting a product picture, or video to Pinterest:

– Does the picture that you’re sharing provide value? Is it one that people would be willing to share? If the picture appeared in a regular magazine, would people pause to look at it, or would they skip right over it?
– Does the information in the video that you are sharing solve a problem? Does it highlight something unusual, or different? If its a video that you wouldn’t mind writing an article about, then there is a good chance it would do well on Pinterest.
– Have I “Liked”, or commented on other media shared on Pinterest that is not my own? If you show that you are interested in other people’s work, this will persuade people to be more accepting of your marketing efforts.

Pinterest definitely has some great possibilities in regards to marketing. Since the majority of people who use Pinterest are interested in finding interesting things on the internet, and also sharing those little known gems with others, Pinterest is a great place to share your articles, pictures, and videos with a growing population of people who engage with others via social media. Also, due to the fact that person wishing to join Pinterest must first get an invite from someone already on Pinterest, you won’t have to worry about having only “spam bots” view your shared media. But again, all of this must be taken with a grain of salt. If Pinterest is used wisely, then it can continue to be a profitable marketing avenue for many years to come. But if it is abused, then soon restrictions will be put in place making it difficult to market successfully on Pinterest. Keep that in mind when you formulate your marketing plans for Pinterest.

Do you need a Pinterest Invite? Feel free to get in touch with me. And don’t forget to follow me, you can follow me on Pinterest as Bhartzer.

How Social Media Helped Get Top Search Engine Rankings with 2 Hours

Today, I performed a really simple test to see if Likes from social media type websites could contribute to a top search engine ranking in the search engines. Granted, there are a lot of various factors here to take into account–but after analyzing the results, it appears that social media “likes” contribute a lot when it comes to search engine rankings.

So, what did I do to set up and prove my theory that social media likes contributes to search engine rankings? I registered a brand new domain name, put up a very simple web page on it, and used a few social media websites to “like” the site. The results? Within 2 hours the domain name was crawled, indexed, and ranks in the top 5 for its main keyword phrase.

These results just goes to show you that it is “worth it” to pay attention to social media and include social media in your overall website marketing plan. Not only is social media marketing good for marketing your products and services, it can help your search engine optimization, as well. So, let’s take a look at the experiment and some specifics.

The Experiment
This morning, I registered a brand new keyword rich domain name, www.DoYouLikeThisDomain.com. Using Notepad, a simple text editor, I used my html coding skills to put together a very simple web page. As you can see on the website, it literally is as simple as you can get. And yes, I am using some pretty basic Search Engine Optimization Best Practices. A keyword rich domain name, a keyword phase in the title tag, as well as a keyword phrase in the H1 tag on the page. I added one simple phrase of content on the page.

I then added three different “social sharing” options: the Google+ button, a Facebook “Like” button, and the Tweet button. Nothing else.

Once I added the code, I then added a footer link back to the home page on the site.

After logging into Google+, Facebook, and Twitter, I returned to the site and “liked” the page using the buttons on the page. I also used a few other social bookmarking websites (about five of them) and social bookmarked the site using a title, description, and tags. No other “manual” or “traditional-style” links were used other than these social sharing and social bookmarks.

The Results
I monitored the results, watching to see how long it would take Google and Bing.com to crawl and index the site. I am happy to report that Google has the site indexed within 2 hours, and the site ranks in the top 5 for its main keyword phrase, “Do you like this domain”. Granted, there are a few factors at play here, including the social bookmarks. But the social sharing (Google Plus and Facebook) is new.

From what I can tell, it appears that social media really DOES help your search engine rankings. And not only can it help you get a top ranking at Google, it can do it fairly quickly.

BrightTALK Hosts Social Media Marketing Summit

BrightTalk is hosting a Social Media Marketing Summit asked me to present. At 2:15pm Pacific Time on October 7th, 2008 I talked about Social Media and Search and how your search engine marketing efforts can benefit from social media marketing.

I’ve embedded my presentation right here so you can watch it. If you’re reading this after the event, then you can still be able to view the presentation.

Here are all the details of today’s Social Media Marketing Summit:

WHAT: Social Media Marketing Summit hosted by BrightTALK™

BrightTALK hosts live webcast summits each week around themes that matter to business professionals. At this summit, experts will share information on trends in social media, answer questions, and offer strategies and tips to marketing professionals.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 7, 2008 @ 7:15 a.m. Pacific Time

WHO: Presenters for the Social Media Marketing Summit include:

– Bill Hartzer, head of social media marketing at Vizion Interactive
– Chris Kenton, CEO of SocialRep
– Dave Evans, vice president of social media at Digital Voodoo
– Edith Yeung, vice president of marketing at Clue Market, Inc. and founder of SFEntrepreneur.com
– Frank Cutitta, general manager at IDG Connect
– Jennifer Jacobson, author of “42 Rules of Social Networking for Business”
– Jerry Hart, partner and vice president of sales and marketing at Power to be Found
– Mary Lou Roberts, Harvard University Extension School instructor and author of “DIY-Marketing” and “eBrandMarketing”
– Sean Mulholland, director of emerging media at Atomic Public Relations

WHERE: The Social Media Marketing Summit is available on brighttalk.com:

Here are some additional presentations on social media marketing that you might also want to watch.

Sphinn is a Dysfunctional Social Network Because Internet Marketers Don’t Understand Social Networking

Eric Lander has a great blog post about Sphinn. If you have not heard of Sphinn.com, Sphinn is a “News, Discussion Forums & Networking for Search & Internet Marketing Professionals” site. It’s Danny Sullivan’s social networking site for internet marketing professionals.

Eric Lander's Blog

Since Eric has written a great post and has pointed to my activity on Sphinn, I thought that I would respond to his blog post and make some observations about Eric’s post, about Sphinn, and, more importantly, point out that the typical search engine marketer does not understand social networking.

Eric points to some interesting statistics. I agree that these statistics are a few weeks old. Nevertheless, they definitely get the point across. Let’s look at the statistics of Sphinn that Eric has collected:

Registered Users: 12,410
Users with 5+ Submissions: 750
Users with 2+ Comments: ~1,300
Users with 1+ Sphinn: 6,259

To be honest with you, Eric, I have to say that I’m not surprised at all with the numbers. Really. You have to understand that the majority of the people who are members of Sphinn are internet marketers, SEOs, Online Marketers, or whatever you want to call them. What they are not is social networkers. Yes, you heard me correctly, the majority of Sphinners (Sphinn members) are not social networkers. Frankly, I would say that the majority of the users on Sphinn “don’t get it”. They do not understand that to build your own personal social network you have to add friends. You have to submit stuff. You have to comment. You have to be active. Yes, you have to vote on stuff.

Unless I’m entirely off base here, and I know I could be – I believe that five submissions would classify a casual user of the network, not a leader.

No, Eric, you’re absolutely not off-base here. You are correct. I would actually say that those Sphinn users who have only submitted 5 things are not even casual users. They are probably search engine marketers who have just “jumped on the bandwagon” and become a member of Sphinn because others in their industry are members there. I would not even all those people casual users, they’re just registered users. That’s it.

Bill Hartzer, The Sphinnmaster
Bill Hartzer (bhartzer) has cast 10,427 Sphinns. The next active user, Maki (DoshDosh) has 5,108 Sphinns. That’s 48.9% of the actvity of Bill. In other words, Bill’s out there giving our Sphinns like candy on Halloween. Stopping short of accusing Bill of just sphinning everything he sees, I’ll say this… Bill has 1 comment for every 100 sphinns cast. Continuing the comparison, DoshDosh has nearly 5 comments per 100 sphinns cast. aimclear, Sphinn’s third most active user produces nearly 12 commens per 100 sphinns.

I’m sorry Bill, I just don’t see how you can vote for that many items without providing more commentary. I’m certainly open to your response though. Am I just assuming too much on the numbers?

Thanks for bringing this up. Yes, really. I’m very glad that you have pointed out that I am active. Obviously very active. Take a look at how many friends I have on Sphinn. I have to admit that I visit every single day (sometimes more than once a day) and look at the Sphinn home page. And yes, I don’t have any problem with Sphinning (or voting) on everything on the home page. I actually use the Sphinn home page as one of my personal news sources. It’s a great way to keep up with what’s really going on in the industry.

who sphunn this

Let’s take a look at another reason why I am so active on Sphinn. I love being active. In fact, voting is a part of being active in the social networking communities. Part of being active means that you vote on your friends’ stuff. And oh yeah, have you seen the “who Sphunn this” link on the Sphinn pages?

who sphinned this

Wow, that’s a link back to your profile. In fact, those are links back to your profile. I guess you could actually say that there are probably 10,427 links back to my profile page on Sphinn.

Regarding the comments? Well, let me just say that you probably have never met me in person. I do admit, though, that I really need to start commenting more. Could you consider this blog post one large comment. Perhaps. Take a look, though at how many others are commenting. Some are just more talkative than others.

Is there enough data?

Sphinn is a new social networking community. There is enough data to make some pretty broad assumptions here. In fact, although Sphinn’s goal is to be a social networking community for search marketers and SEM topics, you have to realize what they community is made up of. A social network is only as good as its user base. Sphinn is made up search engine marketers. Search engine marketers are search engine marketers, They know PPC, they know SEO, they know how to get links to sites. Search engine marketers, the majority of Sphinn users, are not social networking experts. The typical search engine marketer does not understand social media. And the numbers really show it. The majority of Sphinn users are not active. Friends’ stats are not available, but I would imagine that most Sphinn users have not added a lot of friends to their network.

Is there enough data? Yes. Is Sphinn the typical social networking community? Absolutely not. It’s a great community of search engine marketers. The typical Internet Marketer does not understand social networking. And that is not a bad thing.

Digg Down Today and Other Social Media Revelations

For many years now, I have always been a fan of creating custom, unique 404 error pages. I have also, at the same time, been rather annoyed that a site as large as Digg can consistently serve up an error page like the one below.

Digg down

Not only have I been rather annoyed from time to time to get that error page, apparently many others have been seeing it today. It might have to do with some sort of upgrade they are doing, but that is only speculation on my part. In fact, I would only hope that Digg is doing some sort of upgrade because their rather slow page load times have been going on for a long time now. And it’s those slow page load times that have caused me to go on over to sites like Mixx and a few other social networks.

Anyhow, enough about Digg. I thought that I would post today about something that has helped me be rather successful in the social media space; paying attention to your social media profiles.

My Social Media Tip for Today
If there is one thing that I love is social media and the way I can share my favorite resources, stories, news, URLs, and other things that have found online. If you are into the same sort of stuff that I am into, then it would pay to follow my RSS feed or, better yet, follow my social media RSS feeds. I recently posted on our company blog about why it makes perfect sense to pay attention to your social media feeds.

One thing that I didn’t really go into a lot on that blog post is the fact that you can aggregate several social media RSS feeds and combine them appropriately and create additional content. If you have a blog or a personal website you might consider including some of your own social media RSS feeds as a part of the content in your own site.

FriendFeed Add Feeds

There are also other sites like FriendFeed (mentioned in my blog post) that will allow you to bring RSS feeds into them and create new content. I would certainly take advantage of this whenever you can, as the whole point of social bookmarking is to get additional traffic, visitors, and links to the URLs that you are sharing, right?

Worst Demographic Targeting Ever: Hannah Montana Tickets Given Away on Digg

Digg   Hannah Montana
I usually do not make it a habit of pointing out badly implemented online promotional campaigns. However, in this case, I could not help but point out one of the worst demographic targeting that I have ever seen on the web. Hannah Montana tickets are being given away on Digg.

As you know, I am a pretty big fan of Digg.com. I try to get over there as often as I can. For the last few days I could not help but notice the Hannah Montana tickets being given away on Digg. Seriously. I keep seeing an ad for Reliant Energy; if you switch to Reliant Energy then you will have a chance to win Hannah Montana Tickets. Here is a screen capture I made of the ad running on Digg:

Hannah Montana Tickets

Whoever made the decision to run an advertisement for Hannah Montana tickets on Digg.com didn’t make a very bright decision, in my opinion. In fact, I am going to go out on a limb and say that it’s one of the worst demographic targeting decisions that you can every possibly make.

Hannah Montana Tickets

I’m not saying that there are not any pre-teen girls from Texas who hang out on Digg and talk about techy stuff, but the last time I checked, pre-teen girls are not typical Digg.com users:

According to ZDNet.com, “Recent published Digg demographics indicate that the Digg community is 94% male and generally twenty or thirty something techies earning $75,000 or more.”

As you might recall, if you want to advertise on Digg, you need to go through Microsoft. Even Microsoft publishes the demographics on Digg to their advertisers:

These are the key demographic* indicators:

- 66 percent male
- 42 percent 35 to 49 years old,
- 26 percent 21 to 34 years old
- 44 percent with annual income $75K and above
- 68 percent college and above education
- 14 percent professionals
- 10 percent executive or managerial occupation

* Source: Alexa.com, June 2007

Hannah Montana Tickets ad

Nowhere do I see any indication that anyone possibly remotely interested in Hannah Montana or Hannah Montana tickets would be hanging out on Digg. But again, perhaps I might be interested in switching to Reliant Energy and giving the tickets to my daughter. Wait. I don’t have a daughter, I have two sons, aged 7 and 20 months.

I just don’t get it. Someone please enlighten me.

Sway Social Media Marketing Company to be Acquired by Cornerworld

Sway
Cornerworld

Cornerworld Corporation has signed a letter of intent to purchase Sway, Inc., a social media marketing company that sells digital media tools to advertisers. The terms of the Letter of intent states that Cornerworld would acquire 100 percent of Sway for $30 million through a combination of cash and Cornerworld Corporation stock.

Sway homepage

Sway’s products and tools allow you to control and administer marketing campaigns across a number of platforms.

Shoutlet homepage

Sway pioneered technology that helps brands build social networks. Their flagship product is called Shoutlet, described as a “comprehensive social media marketing tool that allows content distribution across multiple Web 2.0 platforms”. Shoutlet gives real-time results tracking to advertisers so they can monitor campaigns. The Shoutlet platform includes HTML email, RSS, video syndication, HTML email, and SME mobile phone text messaging.

Cornerworld homepage

Cornerworld is a free, business management and social networking platform that allows independent content creators to share and profit from their skills, offering a mash-up of the best Web 2.0. Cornerworld adds live video feeds and video capture to enhance the social networking aspects of content sharing, and inserts new functionality that displays, rates and encourages interaction. Cornerworld is easy to visit and free to join in four levels of membership: amateurs, rated amateurs, instant professionals and professionals.

TechCrunch has also mentioned the acquisition, and points to a demo.

Top 10 Blog Posts about Mixx for 2007

Mixx.com

Since we are winding down 2007, I thought it would be appropriate to put together what I thought are the top 10 blog posts about Mixx.com that have been written in 2007. Certainly there have been a lot of interesting blog posts about Mixx, but these are certainly the best ones.

So, without further delay, here are the blog posts that I think are the top 10 blog posts about Mixx for 2007:

Please note that I have not put these in any particular order.

Mashable Mixx First Look

First Look: Mixx’s Digg Alternative

Mashable was one of the first (if not the first) to take a good, hard look at Mixx. I think this was the first time I had heard someone important say that Mixx is the “Digg alternative”.

Mixx does a good job on the social news angle, but the real twist here is the personal start page. Mixx allows you to choose the categories you would like to see on “Your Mixx” and then allows you to see the most popular, recent, and commented items within your categories. You can then organize YourMixx page with a drag and drop editor. Additionally, Your Mixx lets you keep track of what your “MixxFriends” are submitting, voting on, and leaving comments about.

Mixx MixxingBowl Techcrunch Post

Techcrunch: On Mixx and the MixxingBowl
Mixxingbowl.com wrote a great blog post about Michael Arrington’s followup article. This is a must-read if you haven’t read it. Apparently after Techcrunch talked about Mixx there was a huge surge in new members on Mixx.

Since the publishing of that article, this Mixxer (Bdog2g2) has noticed a huge surge in registered accounts on Mixx. The MixxingBowl forums also gained about a dozen new members.

Mixx Techcrunch post

Digg Refugees May Be Heading To Mixx

Here is the original post by Michael Arrington at Techcrunch, telling everyone that Digg refugees are heading to Mixx. This post was a must for this top 10 Mixx blog posts list.

Digg users, including top contributors, are showing an increasing amount of frustration with the Digg community, and many are leaving. Conspiracy theories that Digg auto buries stories with certain topics or linking to certain sites only compounds the problem.

Mixx Tamar Techipedia Post

Mixxing In, and Why Early Adoption is Important: A Review of the Newest Social News Network

Tamar, one of my favorite “techie bloggers”, one who is always “mixxing” it up, did a great review of Mixx, and, like me, has been an early adopter of Mixx:

That’s why Mixx has a lot of potential. It’s so new that the community is being created right now as we speak. At this point, you can be part of it too. I’ve said before that social media requires a time investment, but right now, you can be one of the first influencers and the investment will not be as substantial as it would be if you were trying to break into an already-established (and well-formed) community. Mixx is a little island that is growing in its membership and each is contributing his/her unique flavor to the melting pot. Your voice can be heard now, and it should be.

Mixx Moxie Drive post

Why Mixx Is Better Than Stumbleupon

All you have to do is mention why Mixx is better than some other social networking site and you’ve got my vote. Turnkey Business blog Moxie-drive.com has a great number of reasons why Mixx is better than StumbleUpon. In fact, there are 8 advantages that Mixx has over the other.

Overall, Mixx is a different kind of social media site. It’s design is borrowed from some of the best characteristics of all the popular social sites including Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit, del.icio.us, and more. The biggest difference is that it is very much easier to “rinse and repeat” the process on a daily basis and keep the traffic coming without having to communicate to your network that you have a new post.

Mixx LA Times

latimes.com Gets Personal with Mixx

Okay, so this is not a blog post. But this has to make the list because, well, it’s the Los Angeles Times. And they are Mixxing it up. Cool. Especially cool because they put their money where their mouth is so to speak. They invested in Mixx.

“Mixx is leading the way in making social news accessible to a mainstream audience, and we are pleased to have formed a strategic and progressive arrangement with them,” said Jason Oberfest, managing director of product strategy for Los Angeles Times Interactive. “Latimes.com’s collaboration with Mixx perfectly complements our mission of providing our readers with the kind of content, services and tools that add up to a great online experience. In order for news, stories and videos to be relevant, they must be personal, local and timely and content must be flexible and compelling.”

Mixx Techpin post

Most Popular Diggers Leave Digg for Mixx

Techpin reported that the most popular Diggers were leaving. The posted about their experience, and then talk about moving to Mixx.

There were many rumors traveling over the Internet among bloggers, suggesting that Digg applies preferential treatment for specific users that link to specific websites or write about specific companies.
After these came at TechPin’s ear we realized immediately that it had actually happened to us too.
We were using our account on Digg to post the most interesting stories from TechPin daily, together with interesting news coming from other websites.

Mixx Onreact post

12 Reasons to Join Mixx and Abandon Digg

The guy with the taco hat says that there are 12 reasons to join Mixx and abandon Digg. Definitely a good post, and hey, I just love that hat.

Why is that? I want to tell you why, I will provide you with 12 reasons to join Mixx and thus also to abandon Digg. Many of them also apply to Reddit or Propeller.

Mixx Collective Thoughts Interview Post

What A Mixx Up: Interview With Mixx Founder Chris McGill

Any interview with Mixx Founder Chris McGill should make this list. But this was definitely the best one. Collective Thoughts does a good job asking the proper questions. I just love the question and answer to this one:

4 – What’s your whole take on Greg (aka cGt2099) getting banned from Digg episode? Looks like quite a number of Diggers have come over to Mixx since this episode.

Let me start off by saying that we have a lot of respect for what Digg has created. They’ve provided their users with an amazing set of tools to recommend content to each other. They also have a very strong community, and they have obviously been very successful and a key part of the Web 2.0 movement.

As far as Greg getting banned…I have no idea what happened. All I know is that Greg is a fabulous and active member of the Mixx community and we are very happy to have him.

Mixx ReadWriteWeb

Mixx, a Gorgeous Digg Competitor, Gets in Bed With LA Times

Read/WriteWeb covers the Latimes.com Mixx partnership, I think this is the first time I heard about it. They also talk about reasons to join Mixx.

Mixx was clearly built by people paying attention to user demands at Digg. Its popularity algorithm is said to be a simple one, according to Matt Marshall’s coverage of the LA Times deal today, but there’s a lot that’s interesting about the site.

Well, there you have it, some of the best posts about Mixx that I could come up with. Certainly there may be more, so feel free to mention some in the comments if I have left any great Mixx blog posts out.

Top 10 Blog Posts about Sphinn in 2007

Sphinn

Since we are winding down the year of 2007, I thought it would be appropriate to put together what I thought are the top 10 blog posts about Sphinn that have been written in 2007. Certainly there have been a lot of interesting blog posts about Sphinn.

So, without further delay, let’s get on to what I think are the top 10 blog posts about Sphinn for 2007:

Note that I have not put these in any particular order.

Sphinn Awards

The First (un)Official Sphinn Awards
The Sphinn Awards, even though they’re the unofficial ones, are definitely something that should come on an annual basis. I didn’t choose this Sphinn blog post because I happen to have one a Sphinn award, but just thought that if it’s an award about Sphinn it should definitely be on this list.

DoshDosh Sphinn post

Sphinn Launches: Social Voting Community for Search Marketers
DoshDosh, as always, did a great review of Sphinn, full of screen captures and everything. Even outlines part of the the submission guidelines that we all need to remember:

Yes, you can submit your own stories. In fact, we’d rather you directly submit your own stories you think are of interest to the community than have someone do it for you.

Yes, you can submit your own blog post about a news story you read. However, we’d prefer you only do this if you’ve added something unique to the general news topic, such as an extended opinion or further clarification.

Search Engine Land Sphinn

Sphinn: Our Social Site For Search & Internet Marketing Professionals
Danny’s explanation of Sphinn back in July is a great overview and recap of Sphinn. I just had to put this in the top 10 list. [Read more...]