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1 Hour in the Life of a reddit Post #socialnews

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I decided to have a look at the effect that posting an item, originally blogged on Wednesday, to would have, this is the item that I posted:

You can see below that I get the most hits from the what’s new section, although I get some hits from the front page. Now I wouldn’t advise link spamming this certainly shows that there’s an advantage to posting your news items to reddit, and certainly more statistics are needed to breakdown the effectivity of reddit posts.

Naturally I also had organic traffic, and the post to reddit generated 24 of the 26 hits to the article with in the first hour, half of which came from the ‘what’s new’ feed.

Now just imagine if I had said something interesting in my reddit post.


Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

November 15, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Simplicity Is Key – Trends in Website Design

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I’ve been noticing a trend in the frontpage of website design, which I have briefly modeled below. I have an idea that this might have been inspired by Google’s “more is less” for their landing page, although they tend to go for less simplicity with the exception of search.

Firstly it’s the two or three tone webpage, a colored band of content in the centre of the page separating the top link bar and the bottom rest space. In the top row the navigation is placed slightly left aligned, with or without a small logo preceding it on the absolute left. Usually the sign-in and -up possibilities are aligned at the right of the page.

The centre band usually contains a large logo left aligned or a large non-descriptive image, left there is possible a login box, although usually there is a sign-up or pricing box advertising the paid for version. Underneath there are three boxed the left box containing video or or an interactive feature, the centre mentioning a special feature – or niche feature – of the product offered, and the right hand box containing “Something Special”, which can be anything like mobile applications, Google Apps or platforms supported.

The top of the lower band usually also contains 3 boxes, the left containing video examples – if not used before. The centre contains the other common features of the product. And the right is often a media exposure box, although it can also contain a social media box, such as a Twitter or FaceBook stream. The next row in the lower band usually contains a broad box containing blog or news items, although customer or media feedback is also very common here, and the right box contains that what wasn’t included in the upper box. Finally the last row, if it’s there, contains any 2 or 3 box combination with any of the items not mentioned above, although it often contains a social media box on the right when it hasn’t been mentioned above.

The lowest part of the site, mostly contains a sitemap, with direct links to most of the important pages on the site.

So now you know how it’s made.

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

November 10, 2010 at 3:11 pm

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My First Promoted Tweet #twitter #advert

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November 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Social Media Syndication – Feedback Loop

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Screaming Man - geishaboy500

In the last two days I’ve not been posting so much, and focussing on updating my “Social Media Syndication” flowchart. During the building of this which includes over 100 services I made some configuration errors, which lead to a number of services taking their input from or and reposting this to another site which reposted this to Twitter or Ping.FM. This has show me that in principle the application of Social Media Syndication can be an even more powerful tool than I first realized. (Which I will explain in a later post.)

As I have always said is that I make mistakes so my clients don’t have to, and in this case I made some mistakes which is helping me to create a new flowchart which can – under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 – be used by all to ensure that they can be available on multiple platforms. Naturally this doesn’t remove the essential human element that is the primary part of Social Media.

I will be able to share this with the world at the end of November, I’m going to release more than just the result image this time and will release the source document in an open format so that it can be extended for mashups and remixes can be made.

Image source: geishaboy500

Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

October 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Sync Web with Phone #html #javascript #scratchpad

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Having some fun today with , JavaScript and the Google Analytics URL Builder to produce an image which can be used to sync the webpage you are on to your phone using a QR code.

document.write("<img src=\""+ escape(document.href) +"&choe=UTF-8\">");

Naturally the Javascript code should probably be more DOM oriented, but this was just for fun!

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September 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm

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Blekko, discovering a new search engine #seo

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Scoble posted he had invites for . I had no idea what it was, but if Scoble tweets something like that I know that the beta will soon be full, so I asked for an invite.

As I didn’t know what it was about, so I looked it up on TechCrunch‘s CrunchBaseblekko – and found out that it is a search engine. And the first thing I do with a search engine is much the same I do with a new dictionary or encyclopedia – although I’m usually not listed in a dictionary – I look up myself, or in this case my blog.

Blekko - Search Result

You’ll notice the SEO tag below the title, I noticed it to and clicked and got wonderful distribution graphs. There is a breakdown a click away, where I would need to check in a number of sites by different vendors to be able to discover similar information about a different site, I get it here as a part of my search result.

Blekko - URL - US distribution
Blekko - Domain - US distribution
This world distribution graph did surprise me, I never I got links from Austria. And there is so much more to discover.

UPDATE: I received another invite to share.

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August 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm

YouTube Channel Unsubscribe #bookmarklet

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I like , and often subscribe to new channels and unsubscribe after a while. There is a lot of good stuff on YouTube, and a lot of rubbish. YouTube has been smart in making it possible to easily add channels, and in my opinion they have put less thought into making it easy to leave the channels. In the case of multiple channels I would either need to go to each of the channels and remove them one by one, or I would go to My Feeds / My Subscriptions and remove them one by one from there. In both cases I need to modify the subscription settings shown below.

Editing the YouTube channel subscription

Editing the YouTube channel subscription

My issue with this is not that it takes a long time, although that is certainly a small factor. Or that having subscription management for a channel is overkill when I just want to leave a channel. Personally I believe that it should be manageable from one page, just push of a button, like subscribing. And it wasn’t, until today.

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May 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm

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