(click on the tweets to go to it in a new window)
Amidst his guilt-ridden apology for burying a Digg submission, he makes a very good point:
“Does the desire to build credibility and authority outweigh all other guidelines and principles?”
In other words – has good content gone out the window for the next measly Mixx?
In this week’s Overheard on Twitter, we’re taking a look at branding, reputation management, and the amazing lengths some people will go to protect (or damage) that perfect image for a bit o’ traffic.
Special Note: We tag YOU, @doshdosh, @andybeard, @chrispirillo, @converseon, and @chrisbrogan to show your smug mug in your Twitter avatar for one week – and @nowsourcing will do the same. (see the “Opinions of the Week”)
Google is Crashing the Party… Again
|rafiq Google to punish pagerank for Digg stories? @zoopedup http://sphinn.com/story/35232 12:19 PM March 18, 2008 from im|
“Google employee says ‘Webmasters who rely heavily on bookmarking their own sites to gain traffic will likely see a drop in pagerank before the end of 2008, and we will be working closely with two major social bookmarking sites to find a solution that will have no detrimental effect on the average internet user.’” – StartupEarth
Counting Our Chickens
ProBlogger shares some numbers!
|problogger @suziecheel – #8 technorati, #9 bloglines, #10 netvibes, #11 aol organic and #12 popurls – digg was at #39, diggers hate problogger 🙂 05:06 PM March 18, 2008 from twhirl in reply to suziecheel|
|problogger @susanreynolds some posts on SU – hope it answers the Q – http://snurl.com/22025 http://snurl.com/22027 http://snurl.com/22029 05:04 PM March 18, 2008 from twhirl in reply to susanreynolds|
|problogger @susanreynolds StumbleUpon tffc varies from day 2 day but hs steadily grwn over the last months 4 me here’s a chart – http://snurl.com/2201x 04:56 PM March 18, 2008 from twhirl in reply to susanreynolds|
|problogger #1 Google organic, #2 ‘Direct’, #3 Stumbleupon, #4 Google referral, #5 yahoo/organic, #6 delicious, #7 jobs.problogger, #8 technorati 04:47 PM March 18, 2008 from twhirl|
|problogger twitter has moved up to my #13 in terms of traffic sources for ProBlogger – still not massive but increasing every month 04:42 PM March 18, 2008 from twhirl|
Some People “Get It“
|waynesutton Note to self: stop promoting, start thinking again (or “Scoble’s Law”) http://tinyurl.com/3aphdj via @jasoncalacanis going to try 2 about 3 hours ago from twhirl|
In a nutshell, traffic went up when Jason wrote about topics within the industry, instead of himself or his latest project. Hmm, interesting…
Opinions of the Week
And the tweet that inspired it all… @BarbaraKB
kateritchie @mayobrains i like people to use their pic/face – shows real human connection rather than bot. I wouldn’t mind a logo or banner with face… about 18 hours ago from twhirl in reply to mayobrains
Krisjohn @nowsourcing Yes. I know that’s not what you meant, but either is good. As long as it’s something clear (and they stick to it) it’s all good 01:08 PM March 19, 2008 from TwitterFox in reply to nowsourcing
Conclusion: It seems people like to use logos, but see faces. As @humanlever notes, logos may well be easier to identify, but @remarkablogger quite astutely points out – using your face makes you recognizable at conventions.
But would using your face translate to being more engaging in social media, and hence lead to more followers? We shall see!
The Challenge: If you use a logo, do a little experiment and switch over to that crooked tooth smile we’ve all be aching to see, for just one week, and track the results. You’ll get to see Brian’s mug plastered on @nowsourcing – so, uhm, I guess that makes it worth it… right? 😉
You Know It’s Not a Fad When…
Someone proposes over it. Yep. There has officially been a marriage proposal on Twitter… shocking.
So what happens when TechCrunch cites ReadWriteWeb as a lead on a story? Bickering – that’s what happens. (Edited for brevity – there were about 15 more tweets)
Love and Hate
And if you don’t like it, well..