What it Means to Build a Tribe: A Fan’s Story

What it Means to Build a Tribe: A Fan’s Story

Seth Godin would be proud. After years of building a loyal tribe on NowSourcing, I had the pleasure of speaking with a long time tribal member, Peter EganĀ of EganMedical.com. Having recently connected with him on LinkedIn, he thanked me for helping him through the years in building his business online. When I asked him specifically what helped the most, here’s what he had to say: Getting a feel for the culture. I didn’t fit in at first, and one of the things I picked up from you and your crew is that I didn’t need to become someone I’m not in order to succeed and thrive. I didn’t have to buy and watch the entire Star Wars (or was it Star Trek?) series on DVD, know what pwned means or understand why a lol cat is funny. What I had to do was be myself and be confident in doing so. When I first started promoting my business interests online, subtly as it may have been — and for the record I’ve never spammed anyone in any way, shape manner or form — but I nonetheless faced a lot of rejection in those first 8 or 9 months. I was banned from Digg for reasons still unclear to me, didn’t know what WordPress was or why it was superior to Dreamweaver and FTP, and was completely oblivious to most of the topics being discussed at the time by the people with whom I needed to integrate in order to develop a name for myself and be successful. If you don’t remember me specifically, it’s probably because I went by...
The Future of Mixx Social Voting: An Interview

The Future of Mixx Social Voting: An Interview

4 years ago, we interviewed Greg Davies, a then newly banned Digg power user. Greg helped lead the way to bring a great number of users to social news newcomer Mixx. We then watched Mixx in its rise to power through fearless leader Chris McGill. Well folks, there’s a new chapter in the Mixx story – you may have heard that Mixx has been acquired by Ubermedia – looks to be a very cool move. What’s interesting is that Mixx in its classic (read: social voting) form won’t be going by the wayside. Original Mixxers Greg Davies and Jay Fowler of Social Blend podcast fame are ramping up a social voting site of their own which will grandfather in much of the current Mixx environment. We caught up with Greg and Jay to hear the rest of the story. Here’s what they had to say. 1 – Welcome back Greg and Jay! How have things been? Greg: DILLIGAF to you, my friend. Things are as random and ridiculous as ever, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Jay: Busy to say the least. Greg and I are still doing the podcast, I have been doing guest writing for other web publications, then there is always Social Media Rage that still has new posts every now and then. I tell you though, I wish I had Greg’s constitution. Not only is he working on our new project, but he is also writing for other websites, has two other podcasts, and is still going strong. He impresses the hell out of me sometimes. 2 – Glad to hear it. So...