01
Jul 10

The New Digg

A new Digg.com is on the horizon. I’ve bee hearing about it for a long time and wondering whether I will like it. I’m not sure. I hope Kevin Rose doesn’t change too many factors so as to alienate the original gangsters of Digg. Here’s an invitation to the Digg alpha party. I’m honored. Did you get one? Then maybe I’m not honored :)

You’ve been invited to participate in the new Digg alpha! Some of your friends on Digg are already using it. Check out what they are digging and submitting, and how they can help personalize your Digg experience.

Here are three things you can do to kick-start your Digg v4 alpha experience.

Find and follow your friends, influencers, and news sources you trust! Once you follow these Digg users, we’ll build a custom news homepage for you called “My News.” My News will display news stories to you as dugg by your friends.

Get more followers! Aside from digging great content, one of the best ways to attract new followers is to update your profile. Add a photo and link to your blog, Twitter account, or Facebook profile.
Explore the “My News” and “Top News” pages. My News is the custom news page we build for you based on the people you follow, Top News is the global zeitgeist showing you the most popular stories on Digg.

We’re relying on you to make the site better, so please use the feedback links on the bottom of each page to let us know what you think. You will receive an emailed survey as well. Come back frequently as we’ll be adding features often.

Get started here http://new.digg.com and log in using your current Digg credentials.

Welcome!

Kevin Rose, Founder


05
Apr 10

Twollow Sucks

Twollow Home Page

As the title indicates, this post is going to outline why Twollow sucks. You can choose to use Twollow if you want. You shouldn’t be ashamed. I certainly use services that suck. But, just set your expectations from the beginning. If you would like to further investigate Twollow, you can do so at Twollow.com.

First, what is Twollow? It’s one of the first services that allowed automated Twitter following. At one time, it seemed all of the A-List Twitter bloggers were using it and promoting it. Apparently, a large number of Twitter users still employ the service today. In Twollow’s on words:

Find & Follow People On Twitter by Keywords. Gain targeted followers!

Screen Shot of Twollow Price Points

Oh and I bet they won’t include www.smoblogger.com on this list that appears on twollow.com:

As seen on Mashable, KillerStartups, and AskDaveTaylor!

I fell for the Twollow “Bronze” service which as you can see from the price points above, it’s the cheapest. I foolishly paid the annual price of 79.99 thinking I would be saving money. I just happily went along with all of the A-Listers and trusted them.

Quickly, I received about 2000 followers related to my keywords. I was loving it. Then, something happened and everything just went dead. I was stuck at 2000. Why could I no longer get followers? I contacted Twollow support over and over and over and received one response initially, but then radio silence afterwards.

I made this final plea:

Final request. Twollow has not been working for me on my account [removed for privacy]. The info was sent. The transfer has not been made. I’ve sent numerous requests to support asking for help. No response. Please let me know something by tomorrow or I’m out.

Normally, when I purchase a product or service that fails to deliver as advertised, I dispute it with my card company and usually get a refund. I kept holding out for Twollow because of those darn A-Listers, I guess. Still want to believe this product works. But, it doesn’t.

Here’s my satire of the Twollow features:

  • Potentially Find & Follow people based on keywords
  • Interact with Twollow customer support – increase your social life
  • Track what people are saying about your website or products if you can log in.
  • 20th Century Networking.
  • 40,000 Users Can be Wrong!
  • Pay money to a service endorsed by A-List Twitterers!
  • Tweet how great Twollow is!
  • For reference:
    Twollow Twitter page: @twollow (nofollowed)

    Does Twollow suck for you too?


    08
    Mar 10

    Weird Google

    Weird Google Search Results

    I got the above when I was searching on Google for a SMO product I heard about on a podcast called knowem. It basically helps companies reserve their social media profiles across the multitude of social sites, keep away squatters, that type of stuff. Apparently my desktop brought up a page that was intended for mobile.

    Weird Google Search Results2

    I have no idea what this error means. It seems to be saying that a previous page (a google search results page) is sending me to a TechCrunch page. Why would Google provide a warning about a redirect from google.com?

    I invite your opinions about these two screen caps.


    11
    Oct 09

    Wikipedia Sucks: Here are 10 Reasons Why

    There are many reasons why Wikipedia represents a flawed model for publishing accurate information. These 10 reasons critique Wikipedia and will hopefully provide some impetus for improvement.

    1. The theory that everyone’s contributions to a topic are equally valuable sounds good, but is clearly nonsense.
    2. Wikipedia has no way of recognizing expert knowledge over inexpert knowledge. The members with most authority are the ones who have spent the most time working on Wikipedia – their “knowledge” is often just a combination of Google results and prejudice.
    3. Wikipedia gives people’s opinions undeserved authority by virtue of its search engine rankings and authoritative presentation and identity.
    4. Too many people (especially students) who use Wikipedia believe the articles will be reliable – and Wikipedia’s stance as an encyclopedia encourages this misguided belief.
    5. At the core of Wikipedia is the idea that bad articles will eventually be edited by the community until they become good (i.e. factual and well-written). In fact, they are likely to be edited until all but one member loses interest or gives up trying.
    6. “If you don’t like an entry, you can fix it yourself”(1). But I came here for information, not to provide it.
    7. “Wikipedia pages have become increasingly complex and Wikipedia doesn’t support a WYSIWYG editor.”(3) This and other technical aspects of Wikipedia effectively prevent many people with valuable knowledge from participating.
    8. The lack of any required standard of writing, error-checking and fact-checking means that many Wikipedia entries are poorly-written and contain factual inconsistencies.(1)(2)(4)
    9. Wikipedia articles only ever skim the surface. Which is fine – but they don’t ever indicate what might be below the surface either, leading people to believe that everything is as simple and uncontroversial as Wikipedia says it is. (2)
    10. Wikipedia entries are meant to be “notable” – but only Wikipedia’s (self-appointed) editors have to think so. Is Stroyent really important?

    Publish this article on your blog with a followed link to http://www.smoblogger.com/.

    References

    1. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/10/18/wikipedia_quality_problem/page2.html
    2. http://www.techcentralstation.com/111504A.html
    3.http://www.calacanis.com/2007/02/20/technological-obscurification…
    4.http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2005/10/the_amorality_o.php


    23
    Sep 09

    Sphinn Stalking

    I felt a little uneasy the day I saw that I was “stalking” a female SEO on Sphinn.com, Danny Sullivan’s social media news site for search. No worries, in Sphinn v2, stalkers have been decriminalized and replaced by the more politically correct “followers.”

    Sphinn Stalking SEO Woman

    We can all feel a little better about ourselves now. Kudos Sphinn for trying something different!


    08
    Jul 09

    Digg Error Gallery

    digg-friends

    digg-err

    digg-error-add-friend

    digg-slow-down

    digg-iphone-error

    digg-error

    shouts

    digg-will-be-back-soon

    eas


    05
    Mar 08

    Flickr Nofollow

    Flickr, I will nofollow you to the gates of Hell!

    Flickr, once a popular source of dofollow links for SEOs has recently turned its links to nofollow automatically! Whereas you could link to your site(s) before and pass juice, now external links are nofollowed.

    Sphinn Flickr Nofollow post…