Monthly Archives: December 2007

guest post at read/writeweb: alternate reality games: what makes or breaks them?

i’ve written a guest post at read/writeweb on alternate reality games (args) and how to properly use them as a viral marketing tool.

even though i enjoyed participating in them, until recently i hadn’t really thought about what makes them compelling – beyond their premise (i.e. the product they are based around).

read the entire article for 4 things to do and 6 things to avoid when making alternate reality games.

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guest post at read/writeweb: how 2 nerdfighters took over youtube

i wrote a guest post at read/writeweb a couple days ago on how a couple of nerds with the help of some friends, were able to take over youtube.

to help shed some light on the project and how the nerdfighters took over the 4th most popular destination on the web and the number one site for video hosting and sharing, I had a chat with hank, one of the orchestrators of the coup.

check out the complete interview.

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guest post at read/writeweb: what’s coming next at digg?

i wrote a guest post at read/writeweb yesterday, taking a look at the new features we may soon see on digg.

with all the things that we can expect in the next few months, I can really say I haven’t been this excited to see the next phase of digg in a long-time. especially considering that they are reaching out to the community at large to get feedback (usually they get feedback from limited focus groups).

have a look at all the features in detail.

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how would you improve digg alerter?

i have to admit, in the past 2 years i’ve tried almost every greasemonkey script, firefox extention, and api-based digg tool, and there are only three tools that i continue to use regularly, one of which is digg alerter. digg alerter has been at version 1.2 for a while now (and with good reason, the release is really great) but now adam is opening up the forum to the users to request new features they would like to see implemented in the next release of the software.

here are some of the things that i would like to see implemented:

  1. enable comment threading and the ability to see the comments’ current ratings (sort by most dugg comments).
  2. have the option to list more than 100 people that dugg a particular post. this is especially useful for top diggers whose stories often require 150+ diggs before they are promoted.
  3. the ability to double-click a link from digg alerter and go to that story’s digg page. and the ability to double-click a comment to go and respond to that comment.
  4. front the personal file: the ability to record when a story hits front page. sometimes my submissions are promoted overnight and i would like to know how many diggs it took.

if you have ideas on how to improve digg alerter please leave adam a comment or send him an email.

p.s. the other two tools that i still use are the digg this! firefox extension and the add mirrors greasemonkey script.

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