Now you've probably noticed that I've made the link submission icons a little more visible on the thread pages. We've had some interesting and wildly varying results with a few people suggesting links from the board to the various social networking/bookmarking sites, and now it's time to get more of you to jump on board. It costs you nothing but a few seconds, and will really help us bring more eyeballs to the board (and, who knows, MAYBE one or two pairs of eyeballs will belong to people who actually register and make posts of their own!)
The key to these sites is, the more "votes" they get, the more exposure they get, so even if someone has already submitted a thread, feel free to add your own thumbs up because more people will look at something with ten yes votes than one yes vote. Or so they say.
Here are the sites we currently provide links for - click on the icons to be taken to their registration page if you would like to give it a go:
- Digg - digg.com - probably the largest social bookmarking site as of right now. If you're ever bored, click on their spyglass (digg.com) and you'll find something to read within about thirty seconds. If you only join ONE of these places, let's make it this one, because I believe it could potentially bring the most people to the site. We also already have three or four people submitting threads to Digg (for which I thank them!)
- Netscape - netscape.com - I wasn't paying attention to when they became a portal, but they've attracted a few disguntled Digg users and pay them to keep more interesting content at the top. The current advantage Netscape has for people who provide content because there are so many less links fighting for votes as there are with, say, Digg, is it takes a lot less votes to stay near the top of the page - downside is there are fewer people looking, but with ebb and flow it's hard to say this won't change later. I'm currently on here plugging the DVD threads on movies.netscape.com just for grins.
- Reddit - reddit.com - a lot like Digg - a lot of links, links drop pretty fast without votes, not as much "fun" as Digg in my experience...but maybe I'm using it wrong
- Newsvine - newsvine.com - New kid on the block last year, don't know if anyone's really using it, but it does have a rather involved interface. You can set up your own feeds - mine is http://crz.newsvine.com/ f'rinstance.
- FARK.com - Actually, I don't know anything about this one. Ask Alessandro. All I know is when we DO get linked from them, we get A LOT of hits...and then I yell at Alessandro. I don't know if we really have anything to offer them, but if you think we do, submit away!
- FURL - furl.net - I don't know if we've ever gotten a hit from it, but you can store bookmarks for yourself here and then share them with others.
- del.icio.us - another bookmarking site - another place I don't think we've ever gotten a hit, but another useful place to stash bookmarks of things you may want to find later - I'm keeping the DVD threads at http://del.icio.us/kzim, for instance
- MSN's Live.com favorites - favorites.live.com - I've never used this, so I can tell you nothing about it. I must have just stolen their code from somebody else or something.
- Yahoo!'s My Web 2.0 - myweb.yahoo.com - again, no clue - it's all clicks and whistles
- Google Bookmarks - google.com/bookmarks - guess what - I don't know anything about this one, either
So (as DEAN would say) there you have it. At the VERY least, now you at least know what all those little icons represent.
You can probably tell I've arranged the site icons in order of "most importance" starting with the left, so feel free to work your way as far to the right as you'd like.
Again, don't feel like you HAVE to do this either - it's all one big social experiment, sure, but not participating as just as valid a choice as any other. But I know there are a few of you who want to "do your part" for the board, but not necessarily go shopping or look at a bunch of ads, and maybe this is a way for you to spread the word about the board and maybe, just maybe, make the Internet a better place. Or...at least a place where more people are unnecessarily exposed to THIS place. ;-)
If it's possible, a page listing all of the threads which have been dugg (or otherwise) might be useful. I might not think to submit a certain thread, but if I saw that someone else had done it then I'd most likely add my vote in too.
Ken Kennedy debuted a new finisher: Jeff Hardy fans will insist on calling it the Swanton Bomb, but it looks WAY more devastating when not performed by a 180-pound fruitcake. -Rick Scaia 06.12.2006
Originally posted by samoflangeIf it's possible, a page listing all of the threads which have been dugg (or otherwise) might be useful. I might not think to submit a certain thread, but if I saw that someone else had done it then I'd most likely add my vote in too.
We kinda have something like that already with the referral tracker. In addition to the default of http://the-w.com/referrals.php, every thread page that shows referrals should have a link to referrals for THAT thread right above the thread table - clicking on that referrals link should tell you where the referrals are from. I realise that's asking you to jump through a hoop or two, though - maybe I can come up with something more useful/clever in the future.
Propeller replaces Netscape. (I'm sure SOMEBODY thought this was a good idea. After all, who'd ever heard of "Netscape?")
Furl appears to have stopped working, so I've removed it for now. I'll either try to fix it (or see if it CAN be fixed) or it'll just stay disappeared. I don't think we ever got a lot of Furl love anyway.
Facebook has been added - if you want to plug a thread on your Facebook profile (or in your newsfeed), you have a button for that now.
As always, if there's a button you'd like us to add to that group at the bottom of every thread page, let me know! (Also, don't be shy about using the ones that are already there!)
You didn't ask and we didn't care. Tumblr is yet another place you can (not) tell people about discussion taking place here. Maybe I can get Kim to use it, I dunno.
I've also "alphabetized" the list a bit, for no good reason. I just think it's funny to have alphabetized logos in the middle of that block.
Looking back through this thread, I think I now have enough information to where I could stick a Yahoo! Buzz button in there now, too. Would anybody (by which I mean Alessandro) actually use this if I programmed it?
Wow, I haven't added a reply to this in over a year! I'm sure I've been changing this, but probably nothing exciting enough to tack on here. Including today, probably...
Some time back, I changed some of the Twitter links to use Twitter's official Tweet button (and t.co URL shortener) on all thread pages where I could get away with it.
I have finally added Google's +1 button. (I was reminded of this with their "Google+" announcement (plus.google.com) earlier today) - this one's neat in that if anybody ever DOES +1 a thread here, the graphic will update to show something that ain't a big ol' NULL. (I +1'd the "RAW Roulette" thread (The W) if you want to see this in action.)
Looking at that bar now....wow, it's really a graveyard down there, but I can't bear to remove any of those pretty little icons.
GET SOCIAL! Proudly tell the world what a nerd you are by sharing what you're reading and what you're a fan of - promote The W!
Reading this about the +1 made me wonder...have you ever thought about installing some kind of voting/liking system on individual posts? I know we have the instant rating system, but I view that as more of a rating on the poster, not the post itself. Is that something that could be cool, or something that would generate more troubles than it's worth?
Am I in Horseville? Because I'm hearing nothing but naysayers!
Technorati seems to be working with our feed again so I've added a few of their gimmicks to the bottom of the index. Please let me know if there are any problems stemming from that (or even if you use them!) via PM or email.