Tag and Ping Fallout
It didn’t take long for the first tag and ping spammers to hit the ground running after the release of Tag and Ping. In fact, the very next morning Charles Heflin in his SEO20/20 blog caught screenshots of an overloaded Jots page.
Just this morning, I went to Jots.com and noticed that one user has taken up the entire 1st page of results…..The user â€œRichizâ€ has hit Jots so hard that (at the time of this writing) Jots had to shut down temporarily.
And Splork from Lost Ball in High Weeds noticed the spam affecting Technorati too:
Now granted I havenâ€™t been paying much attention to tag and ping until recently, but a couple of tags that are currently popular in the last hour are nothing more than spam. They canâ€™t even spell correctly. â€œLoose Weightâ€ or â€œLose Weightâ€. You decide. The Adsense tag is also popular this particular hour and interesting in that if you go to one of the weblogs it is simply an ad for a clickbank product on Adsense. Actually if you go to the top 5 they are all ads for something.
Technorati seemed to be working on the problem by Sunday afternoon, and as I write this the hot tags seem to have returned to normal. Jots is currently “down for maintenance”, which can be loosely interpreted as “we’re shutting off the spam till we get a fix in place”
I didn’t track closely, but I didn’t even notice a blip in the results of del.icio.us and blinklist. Presumably they already had some pretty good systems in place to keep the junk from hitting the front page.
It’s sad to see marketers taking the low road with tag and ping, but it seems as though most of the bookmarking sites have gotten the problem under control already.
This weekend I was introduced to a new feed aggregator called FeedShow. Feedshow is a web-based aggregator that lets feed publishers participate in revenue generation through the display of AdSense ads running in the feeds. The adsense ads only appear in the feeds of participating publishers, and they’ll rotate between FeedShow’s and the feed publisher’s accounts.
The method to sign up as a blog publisher is particularly easy. Simply post an entry to your blog that looks like this:
--[Subscribe FEEDSHOW Revenue sharing program] provider=[Google] uid=[pub-8870932556899172] option= --[Subscribe FEEDSHOW Revenue sharing program]
where uid is your Google Publisher Id and Option is your channel code.
The feedreader is pretty slick, with the added advantage of being available to you wherever you are, as long as you can find some access to the Web.
It doesn’t seem to have a lot of users yet, and much of the navigation of the main site is in french, but it’s worth taking a look at in any case. It costs nothing to sign up, and if you’re already using AdSense, it’s an easy matter to plug in your codes and give it a whirl.
This particular site may not be the future of RSS, but it might spawn some ideas for the “next big thing.”
Web 2.0 Idea Management
Another site I stumbled across this weekend is Wridea.com. Wridea is an Idea Management application based on Getting Things Done that’s pretty slick. It’s got a nice interface, and a lot of flexibility.
There are five core principles in GTD. Collect, create ideas in wridea, Process, move them to another categories and pages or delete them, Organize, create pages or categories for next actions, projects, waiting for and someday/maybe, Review, browse your ideas easily and finally Do, this is your thing.
It’s free, and worth giving it a run-through to see if it’ll work for you.