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Why I have 2 accounts in each of these 80 social networks

I want to be able to test every social network for its promoting power for my stories. Some of them are going to be more receptive than others, depending on its size, difficulty, subject and to the importance they give to old, reliable accounts.

Social networks give a value to each user, sometimes called ‘karma’, and that value is useful for promotion of stories, either the own user stories or stories from ‘friends’ and strangers.

I am sticking to 2 accounts per network because it is well known that they detect some features that could point to spam, namely IP. Of course, IP can be defeated by using a navigation proxy, but that needs information, expertise and a potentially self-destructive desire to spam the sites. The second account is used if the first one loses value, or to start polemic discussions that are often followed with more attention.

I read about a “snowball” effect while promoting stories in the Digg-like sites, started from a minor network, where it should be easier to get noticed, and bringing users/friends/voters to the other sites. It would be useful if the home of your stories included the links pointing to the other social networks where the visitor can vote you. For that, I included a couple of plugins in my WordPress blog.

Stories are improved by user feedback and testing as they pass thru networks.

I am starting to test the power of this promotion technique, not too fast because I need my accounts to be mature enough. An account is mature when it had some time and healthy activity in the networks. As in real life networks, you cannot arrive, post your story and expect everyone admire you.

It is also good if your stories refer to the same subject, and if you develop virtual ‘friends’ that show their trust in you. It is important to complete a profile and include a photo.

This is the partial list of the networks where I am now. If this story gets enough Diggs, Propellers, Reddits, and so on, I plan to add the age, votes and karma of all the accounts, to help value them.  Continue reading

Top Diggers have potential for Top Businessmen or Top Politicians

The social networks are the biggest thing in the Web these days. The large amount of garbage that the web accumulates every day needed a cleanup mechanism, and Digg and the others succeeded at selecting the good and burying the bad.

People who are opinion leaders in Real or Virtual life share some positive qualities: smell for value and potential, balance, information, focus and native leadership.

Then, if the Digg model model works for news, it should also work for political views and business ideas. If many qualified voters digg up a political idea, the idea is closer to be imposed by the upcoming politicians. Moreover, if you are a Top-100 Digg.com User, you probably have a smell for good news and ideas, and you can BE a good politician. After all, your views are followed by a large community.

Thus, I implemented 2 social networks using a Digg-like system called Pligg: one is http://business-ideas.com.ar . Its focus is on business ideas that can be pushed up if they are good, or buried if they are bad or merely shy. The other is oriented to political ideas, for now in my home country: http://ideaspoliticas.com.ar. I seeded some ideas of my own, and I expect the public and the Top Diggers will tell me if they are good or not. Of course, both systems are open to anyone’s ideas or proposals.

What comes first? A story being Top 100 because Top 100 Diggers liked it? Or a Digger reaching the Top 100 because he diggs Top 100 stories? Both seem to be true. As in real life, once trend-setters start setting trends, they continue doing so for whatever the do. In business, that is the Midas touch. It also applies to the stock exchange and real estate markets. If Donald Trump or Bill Gates buy, you better buy. If they sell, do as they do. Or you will be stuck with unvaluable land or an Apple II relic.

Now, if you are a Top Digger, you will recognize your own status as Idea Judge, and my recognition to your recognition, and you will Digg Up this story!

Viral Business Proposal: Complaint boards as means to enforce website service quality

The original idea was a “CompanyBoard” business, in which I would run a Complaint Book for my clients. This Book would have been a forum system hosted in my server, where customers could complain or endorse the company.

The owner of the Complaint Book would supply a link in to the forum in my domain. My hosting the forum would prevent the owner from doctoring the results.

However, I found some complexities related to judge posting quality. Company enemies ccould be negative in public or paid supporters could be over positive.

I still think the business is feasible, but I would not use a forum, but a Digg-like News Aggregator. I am running one named Business-ideas.com.ar, expecting that the best business ideas will climb to the top. I am also running one for political ideas in Argentina: Ideaspol.com.

The news aggregators have a sophisticated voting system that would allow users to write reports about a company, and the community would vote about quality of the report.

The users develop ‘karma’, a quality related to credibility. Karma is automatically managed by a hidden algorithm in the system.

The pligg module will be modified to improve the quality of the complaints, preventing fraud or manipulation.

The companies will be offered a free or paid service. The paid service will have many more features.

This idea is ready to be launched. Today, Oct. 22-2007, I need a partner bringing U$D 6000, for 40% of the business.

I am listening…