The dark side of the digg likes
Reddit lifts its ban on "The Atlantic" The Atlantic has returned to Reddit.
A month after the social news site kicked out the news magazine and dozens of other sites —including Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and Discovery News—for spam, Reddit has welcomed many back into the warm embrace of its monster traffic, with little fanfare. Organized spamming has long plagued Reddit, and though the site takes many measures to combat the practice—most visibly, the user-run subreddit r/reportthespammers—it instituted a site-wide ban feature last June. According to Reddit staffers, the measure was a last resort, and the bans were more akin to a frightening night in the county jail than a life sentence.
How Reddit's cofounders built Reddit with an army of fake accounts. Here’s an interesting revelation from Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman: The social news site was built on a lie.
Many hundreds of lies, to be more specific, in the form of fake user accounts that Huffman and fellow cofounder Alexis Ohanian used to populate the site in its earliest days. “You would go to Reddit in the early days, the first couple of months and there’d be tons of … fake users,” Huffman says in a video for online educator Udacity. Through those fake accounts, Huffman and Ohanian submitted high-quality content—the type of articles they wanted read. Reddit bans "The Atlantic," "Businessweek," others in major anti-spam move. Reddit just dropped the banhammer.
As of today, more than a half-dozen prominent websites have been banned from the massively popular link-sharing site, including digital publishing heavyweights The Atlantic and PhysOrg. Redditors are collecting the blacklisted sites at a freshly minted subreddit, r/BannedDomains. The list so far includes at least five: Businessweek.com, Phys.org, ScienceDaily.com, TheAtlantic.com, and GlobalPost. Redditors are prevented from submitting links to any of the above sites. Instead, they’re greeted with the following message: “this domain has been banned for spamming and/or cheating.” How “The Atlantic” successfully spammed Reddit. When redditor slaterhearst got banned from Reddit last month, it was easy to assume he was just an ordinary Reddit spammer, selling out his services to the highest bidder.
He wasn’t. The Daily Dot has confirmed that slaterhearst was Jared Keller, the associate editor and social media editor at magazine giant The Atlantic. How Not To Sort By Average Rating. By Evan Miller February 6, 2009 (Changes) PROBLEM: You are a web programmer.
Not_available. Why Is Quora Mass Creating Twitter Accounts On Mechanical Turk? Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is, among other things, a great place to get cheap labor to perform simple tasks that help black hat SEO efforts and general social network spamming.
The problem is growing so large that it’s becoming a serious pollution issue, and we’ve begun real research to try to track the big guys who are behind it. And we’re using new search engine Blekko, which is transparent about page ranking, to understand how search engines deal with all this stuff. During our research we found something very peculiar – Quora is using Mechanical Turk to mass create Twitter accounts: “Given a name, username, password, and email address, create a new Twitter account,” says the posting. You’ll be paid 15 cents, and as of today there were 1,483 opportunities still available. My job was to game Digg using infographics, voting networks, and bait-and-switch. It was the company's core business, and it was sleazy as hell. AMA. : IAmA.
Reddit games the new Digg. Has 7 of its own posts on the front page. Ever since the launch of Version 4 of Digg, people have been up in arms about how the site has essentially turned into nothing more than a glorified RSS dump for sites.
In case you’ve missed the news, the biggest problem behind the new version is that it allows sites to push their RSS feeds directly into their timeline, which can cause the overall quality of front-page posts to diminish. Much has been written about the things that need to happen in order for Digg to keep its users happy, but it seems that some people are taking the matter into their own hands. MrBabyMan: Digg Users Revolt, Against the One Pure Man at the Top. Andrew Sorcini lives in Los Angeles, works as an animator for Disney and is the most powerful user that social news site Digg.com has ever seen.
Known at Digg and elsewhere as MrBabyMan, Sorcini has submitted a site-leading 2,400+ stories that have hit the site's coveted front page. Those front page submissions have delivered an estimated 50 million pageviews to the sites the submissions came from. Right-Wing Group Conspiring to Control Digg Uncovered.
There's something rotten going on at massive social news site Digg.
A sprawling campaign of political conservatives working together on secret mailing lists to orchestrate systematic burying of news stories and other users believed to be politically liberal has been uncovered by an investigation published on today on Alternet. Report author Ole Ole Olson focused on a group called Digg Patriots, which he alleges used a now-deleted Yahoo Groups email list to distribute bury orders for more than 40,000 stories over the past 15 months. In addition to explicitly liberal political articles, "articles about education, homophobia, racism, science, the environment, economics, wealth disparity, world events, the media, green energy, and anything even slightly critical of the GOP/Tea Party/FoxNews/corporations are targets," Olson writes.
The Big Picture. The hypocrisy of digg and spam. More aggressive SMO marketers often talk about being careful not to get user accounts banned on digg.
But what about the domain name? Banning user accounts has to do with the actions of the user. That is, behaviors and actions the user can control. However, a domain name brings into other considerations. How to be a Dirty Digger. Ok I’ve been carrying this post around in my head for a while and am I’m finally going to spill it, here are my tips on how to completely screw your competition in a web 2.0 social media world.
Everyone who’s ever submitted a story to digg knows a snappy title can mean the difference between making the homepage and getting half a dozen votes and fading into oblivion. So when your competition publishes a new blog post, do them a favor and submit it on their behalf. Something with click poison all over it like ‘cool new idea’ or ‘Good post on www.example.com’ should do the trickInstead of taking a passive role you could always go with Captain Obvious.