Are you tired of seeing newsworthy stories on various topics of search engine marketing buried at popular social bookmarking site Digg, simply because the powers that be don’t care for the SEM community? Well now there is an alternative – BUMPzee, which is described as a niche blog aggregator with a community on top. BUMPzee is organized into bite-sized communities into which they pull the latest relevant blog entries from around the Internet. Members of those communities keep up with the latest news, vote on the best stories, and discuss them, either here on BUMPzee or over at the blog itself.
The folks over at MyBlogBlog have made some updates that will make it more difficult for spammers to game the system. This action is in response to an exploit taken advantage of over the weekend where a spammers sent multiple requests to join their communities as co-authors and then automatically approve the requests. Danny Sullivan and Shoemoney were just a couple of many impacted by this.
Is this a sign of trends to come? Large companies setting up MySpace types of sites? Disney has now jumped on the social media bandwagon and will launch a new site next week focused on social networking for kids. The site will be similar to MySpace.com but will have parental controls and feature chat and video clips. WebProNews goes on to say that analysts are skeptical about the success of the site despite the strong brand behind it.
What is a “brand advocate” anyway? ClickZ defines them as “consumers who spread opinions via word of mouth, as well as over social networks, instant messaging, chat, photo sites and blogging.” According to a new research report released today by Yahoo! and comScore Networks, not only is social networking’s influence on marketing growing, but particularly vocal individuals are having more of an effect than ever.
WeeWorld has a new site that allows one to build and fully customize a cartoon character that represents themselves. They can then participate in live chats, see existing friends or meet new ones, create their own web space and even buy shirts, mugs and other items in which they can apply their character. Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz invited a few of us to join up for a chat this afternoon. read on to see what happened.