Top Social Stories

January 26, 2008

So are you tired of visiting Digg.com, Slashdot, Propeller, and Stumbleupon just to get your latest news?

Well with the release of Top Social Stories you can get all of your news in ONE place. Every hour on the hour we grab the top stories from Digg, Slashdot, Propeller and Stumbleupon and add them to our database so you can VOTE on them all in once place.

That alone would make this an amazing site, but we also allow users to submit their own articles and have users in the community rate them as well.

Since we are such a new site, currently it only takes 5 votes for your site to hit our FRONT page which is receiving 100s if unique visitors each day and we have been up for only a few days!

Check us out and get on the bandwagon! Visit the site here: http://www.topsocialstories.com

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Digg Changes And Word Of Warcraft Changes Compared!?

January 24, 2008

One of the largest social bookmarking sites on the internet today makes changes to their algorithm which will open the doors for more webmasters and websites to gain exposure. Read how this compares to the changes that the largest online MMORPG made to satisfy the masses over the hardcore grinders.

Its no surprise that Digg.com has the largest user base of any Social Bookmarking site on the internet today, however Digg.com has been primarily dominated by a small group of “Digg Elitists” who had major control on which articles made the front page and which did not. The problem with this is that most webmasters have feel that gaining exposure from Digg was a waste of time, just take a look at some popular webmaster forums such as DigitalPoint, Syndk8.net, and WebmasterWord.com there are countless threads about people who abandon Digg because “its hopeless to get any exposure there”.

I agree that its time Digg evened up the score and allowed users who don’t spend day and nigh on Digg to still gain exposure from this popular social medium.

So how does this even compare to World Of Warcraft? Well the answer is simple, when burning crusades came out Blizzard made the decision to do away with the 40-man instances and only offer 25-man instances. Many so-called “Hardcore Raiders” where very upset about this decision and many “Casual Players” where extremely excited.

Here is a great article which explains in-depth what exactly blizzard did to open up more content to the “Casual Player”

http://www.wowinsider.com/2008/01/11/wow-casually-the-year-of-the-casual/

So why should “communities” such as these continue to try and give a far advantage to the “Casual User” well the answer is quite simple, its the casual user that is going to make or break the site. At the end of the day its the “Casual User” who generates income for these companies not the “Hardcore Users”. It isn’t that we don’t appreciate the hardcore WoW players or even the “Digg Elitists” who helped start and generate the buzz surrounding these companies, because we do appreciate you, but for any company to succeed they need to continue to help even the playing field.

I know I don’t have 10 hours a day to play WoW but I would still like Epic armor, sorry but that is a fact, I would bet most people don’t have 10 hours a day to grind and raid but would still like SOME of the benefits. The same thing goes for Digg, I don’t have 10 hours a day to submit and Digg articles, I can most defiantly spend a few hours a week working on content and promoting what I feel are good, well written articles so should i be penalized because my life doesn’t revolve around Digg? NO.

I also don’t have the time nor the want to try and build some elitist Digg  community so we can inflate the number of “Real” people who are actually interested in my article. This is the wrong approach and its about time Digg and WoW and all other community drive applications take a stand and continue to make their services available to the “Casual Consumer/User”.

So thank GOD Kevin Rose is looking out for the “Casual User” we enjoy your site just as much as the next person, we value the content and we appreciate the chance to have a fair chance with our articles.


So Called Top Digg Users Cry About Digg Changes

January 24, 2008

For years there has been a small group of Digg users who think they control the digg community. Kevin Rose has posted a blog about the recent changes to the Digg.com algorithm that will change the future of digg and the small community that controls it.

“Digg’s promotional algorithm ensures that the most popular content dugg by a diverse, unique group of diggers reaches the home page. Our goal is to give each person a fair chance of getting their submission promoted to the home page. Since Digg began more than three years ago, we’ve constantly been making tweaks to the promotional algorithm and will continue to do so. Most of our additions go unnoticed, and others take a few days to normalize as we watch them run live on the site. We spend a lot of time analyzing the data and improving the system.

These people have even been so bold as to come out with an outright “Open Letter To Digg” that is intended to TELL DIGG how to run their own site. An overview of the main points found in this open letter are as follows:

  • Lack Of Digg Communication: These “Top Users” these Digg elites think that digg reports to them, that Digg is somehow accountable to the user community.Look if 10% or more of the front page articles are controlled by 20-30 people that is a big problem and I comment Digg for “fixing” their algorithm. I attended this so-called “Live Protest” of Digg.com and they believe they are so important that Digg will go away with out them.
  • Unexplained Banning Of Digg Users if your account is being banned chances are you are violating the TOS of the website DIGG.com which allows you the privileged of posting on their website. If you sit arround and ONLY digg your friend’s posts there is a problem, if new users must bow down and kiss your behind just to get a front page ranking there is a problem.
  • Manual Editing the last concern of these so-called “top diggers” is that Digg.com has employed manual editors who are deranking their submissions because Digg has something against them.

Its amazing that these people think they built digg.com, here is a reality check you DID not build digg. If I am not mistaken Kevin Rose built Digg.com. There is a reality here you must accept, if MOST webmasters feel that they are unable to receive a front page digg because of “illegal” rings like yours then there is a problem. Digg needs to expand the webmaster base that can submit articles and still hope to hit the front page.

So in conclusion, there are other important websites besides yours, there is other VERY important information to be read on Digg.com besides yours. This community desperately needs to reach out to the general webmaster community and offer a fair opportunity to all, new and old Digg users alike.