Submitting stories, blog posts and articles to social news sites such as Digg, Mixx, Sphinn and others can be very time-consuming but if done properly, can also have huge payoffs. Why then do so many people shoot themselves in the foot by not following proper etiquette? Is there such a thing as “social bookmarking etiquette?” Certainly there is! Here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to get the most out of your social bookmarking activities.
I should almost make this a weekly column as the fine folks at Mixx are always working to make their social news service better. Here are some of the latest updates, most of which are a result of feedback and suggestions from members.
It appears that Mixx has rolled out some new features through the night – the main one being that you can now edit stories and comments on the Mixx social news site. There is one catch – you have just 15 minutes to do it. However, this is a great feature as I don’t know how many times I have hit the submit button and then regretted my impatience because I had listed something incorrectly.
I know that LinkedIn Company Profiles is in beta but seriously, they should have fine-tuned it a bit more before announcing it to the world. In a March 20th announcement, LinkedIn informed us that we would now be able to see over 160,000 company profiles in the same manner that you can see individual profiles. These include Fortune 500 companies such as eBay to philanthropic organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mixx has added a new feature to help get stories that are considered “breaking” to the “Popular” page faster. The feature is called “Breaking News” and is only accessible to Super Mixxers. Breaking news stories can become popular just like any other story, but they gain additional visibility since the Breaking News category is visible on Mixx’s “Popular” page. As an additional check, one Super Mixxer is not enough — it takes two to Mixx a Breaking News story.
Social news site, Mixx must be getting more popular. I am seeing a lot of spam recently, mostly of the kind where people are submitting stories to multiple categories. Now there may be times where this is justified, however in most of the cases I have seen, it is nothing but spam. I can only assume people are doing this to try to gain additional exposure for their submissions but in the end all it really does is make a lot of noise.
While social news site Mixx is currently only sending a small fraction of the traffic that a popular post on Digg can send, there are several reasons why Mixx is better in my opinion. Not only is the Mixx staff much more friendly to the search marketing community than Digg is, they outscore Digg in several functionality features. I will highlight those below.
Mashable reports that YouTube has answered the call of making sure you can see your favorite videos just about anywhere. The popular video site has announced they are launching several new APIs that will let you be even more interactive with their service from just about anywhere.
I love the fairly new social news site, Mixx and find myself spending time there each day, adding stories and voting on others. While viewing my profile today, I see a “Super Mixxer” badge next to my name. Cool, but what does it mean? According to the Mixx FAQ page, “A Super Mixxer is a user on Mixx, who, through a combination of Karma points, high quality, diverse submissions and comments, and being a model Mixxer for at least 30 days, has access to special feature enhancements.”
For you Twitteraholics, I’d like to point out some gadgets that may help to simplify and enhance the experience of using Twitter. They range from browser plug-ins, desktop applications and even mash-ups that turn the Twitter experience into a three dimensional geographical event.
I came across an excellent post yesterday by Allen Harkleroad, a small business owner I have met over at the social news site Mixx, where he outlines some of the lessons he has learned playing and marketing on social networking sites. It is common sense for most that there is a right way and a wrong way to go about interacting on social media/networking sites. Allen compiles the lessons he has learned in a most excellent read.
I love Twitter. It is a continuously open tab in my Firefox browser right alongside Bloglines. Yes it can be a huge time waster and some people “abuse” it by updating about the most ridiculous things. However, I like it and find it quite useful for a number of things. Maki of DoshDosh has come out with an excellent post listing 17 ways one can use Twitter.