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The Atlantic has returned to Reddit.
Here’s an interesting revelation from Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman: The social news site was built on a lie.
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.
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 .
By Evan Miller February 6, 2009 ( Changes ) PROBLEM : You are a web programmer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 trick Instead of taking a passive role you could always go with Captain Obvious. Get a disposable email, preferably something like email@example.com, nothing says I’m a complete spammer like a hotmail address. A hyphen in there will never hurt.