13
Jul 10

What’s Wrong with Digg

No, it’s not a question, but a statement. See?

What's Wrong With Digg

Here’s a digg.com submission of a well-written article critical of the new Digg V4. It received 321 votes in about one day’s time, yet did not make it to the Digg front page. Can’t take the criticism?


04
Nov 09

Is Dosh Dosh Dead?

Dosh Dosh Tombstone

I am one of many who enjoyed reading the DoshDosh.com blog written by social media poweruser DoshDosh/MakiMaki.

DoshDosh regularly blogged in detail about everything from making money online with Google AdSense to case studies. The frequency at which he turned out above average posts was remarkable and quite unmatched. Okay, doubters, tell me who matched DoshDosh/Maki? I’m listening. He was the best.

From the about page of www.doshdosh.com:

Dosh Dosh is a blog offering internet marketing and blogging tips, alongside social media strategies. Best consumed by bloggers, entrepreneurs, web publishers, marketers, freelancers and small business owners.

Dosh Dosh - www.doshdosh.com screen cap

Dosh Dosh - www.doshdosh.com screen cap

His Popularity? 34,000+ RSS Subscribers and large numbers of followers on major social networks.

He disappeared.

DoshDosh, aka Maki or MakiMaki has not dagg, stumbled, sphunn or tweeted in a while–that while being longer for social media denizens.

So what happened to Dosh Dosh? He’s either moved on and not active anymore, aka burned out. Or…

Is Dosh Dosh Dead?

While, I am not one to wax morbid, I noticed that one blogger speculated that Dosh Dosh was dead. Let’s look at Dosh Dosh/Maki around the web on various social media sites where he lives/lived.

Twitter

Last Tweet: Gotta head out for class. Be back later.2:15 PM Sep 17th from TweetDeck

digg.com/makimaki

Last Digg: 04/29/2009
Last Digg Submission: 05/14/2009

StumbleUpon

Last Stumble: autorave‘s last login was “4 months ago” as recorded by Stumbleupon.

Sphinn

Last Sphinn: 200+ Days ago

Has Dosh Dosh Updated his Blogging Software?
Ah, but I know one sure way to discern if Dosh Dosh/Maki is still alive. If he is alive, he would have updated his blog software as any good blogger would, no? So, I checked and DoshDosh.com is runing WordPress 2.8.4 which is not the current version of WordPress, yet not very old. The release date of WordPress 2.8.4, a security release was August 12, 2009, which predates the September 15th Twitter post, the last known communication which Dosh Dosh/Maki made with the social media community. So, this doesn’t really help. We are still stuck with not being able to show that he was alive any later than September 12th.

Dead? Or is DoshDosh aka Maki a victim of social media burnout?

Dosh Dosh, this is not intended as an obituary. If you are still there, please do not take this post as mere link bait but as a plea to make yourself known. In honesty, there are many of your fans out here who miss your thoughtful posts and would like to hear something from you, even if it’s just a quick post to let us know you are alive.

Update: He’s alive! I am happy to report that this post coincided almost precisely with the reappearance of Maki on Twitter and a few fresh posts on DoshDosh.com. Still no activity on Digg for some time now. But, anyways, we’re glad to know you’re alive. If anyone knows the reason behind the lengthy disappearance, please post.