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.com 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?

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  1. andk says

    I saw that digg downtime screen yesterday, it really looked bugged out on my igoogle application.. The weird thing was that the google app was down longer than the actual site was. Not sure what the deal was there… Anyways, I agree with you on the profiles… I think it’s easy to overlook these things, which add a great deal of legitimacy to the message you’re trying to get out by putting a face behind it.

  2. Akhmad Guntar says

    I don’t use digg, but I thank you so much for the tip. I didn’t know that I can aggregate several social media RSS feeds and combine them appropriately and then create additional content. Thanks :-)

  3. Tom Lindstrom says

    Yep, Digg was down for some time yesterday.There are so many social sites with new coming all the time.I stick to Mybloglog, stumbleupon,Mixx and Digg.

  4. Federal Watch says

    I haven’t checked my Digg account for weeks now..I think I’m just starting to grow tired of reading senseless stories that get to the top page..(do I sound envious?) ^^..

  5. Gus says

    With all the social media sites coming up everyday, it becomes increasingly harder to keep track of them all. Even with things like FriendFeed, there are now multiple sites that provide social media conglomerations. And overall, it is so hard to keep track of all of these in a given day, especially if you work full time.

  6. Carlos says

    Social media sites are link farms, the only people that seem to use them are website owners trying to build links…

  7. Los Angeles Liposuction says

    I use Digg very infrequently now. I only check their feed whareas Stumble i actually use the site. I like the way you are suggesting to use FriendFeed . That looks useful and I’ll have to try it!

  8. James says

    Yeah, Digg, Stumble, redditt… about useless unless you are an entrenched power-user with a several dozen member list.

  9. Social media agency says

    So many feeds to subscribe to, so little time :)

    The use of aggregation and filtering to sort out the uniques and duplicates every day is something I believe will become more and more important as the amount of content becomes larger and larger.

    Regarding the other discussion, I find Stumbleupon a better alternative than Digg since its not so much about the front page but more about the toolbar and sub topics.

  10. Iphone Fan says

    I like SU more than Digg but it’s also a waste of time in most cases, so I use it not very often.
    The same relates to RSS-feeds. I try and cut them to the minimum, so as to limit them to those which help me to make money.