Factors of Success in social (News) communities

Initially, I just wanted to report about some experience on Crowd news platform - DIGG, but then i noticed that I try to cover at least two different topics in one post, so I decided to split. In that article, I will cover key factors of success on news-driven social communities like well-known DIGG and will cover my first serious steps with DIGG in the next article. Currently, I’m the number 49 of top users of the Russian DIGG sister RDS1, therefore I think to have some experience and some kind of instinctive feeling for mechanisms in such communities....

March 6, 2008 · 4 min · Alexander Holbreich

Yahoo Buzz launched

Yahoo Buzz is launched. This should be probably the Yahoo’s answer to Digg. Let’s prove this theory. At first look on Yahoo Buzz we see several categories of news and voting buttons aside of them with the ability to voting up. Digg principle so far. The difference of the new Yahoo service is that Yahoo Buzz seemed to be intended to work closely with Yahoo’s already existing news providers and services....

February 26, 2008 · 2 min · Alexander Holbreich

Pligg 9.9.0 Test

Pligg developers have released version 9.9.0 of Pligg CMS quite months ago. Now a had time to test it. In comparison to my last pligg installation of pligg 9.8.2this version is more stable. It does not broke pages with PHP errors in the browser on every second click and you get good feeling navigating through it. But some bugs are still there. Some links still does not work (without reporting PHP exception to the user), e....

February 1, 2008 · 2 min · Alexander Holbreich

Pligg 9.8.2

Pligg engine stands behind of many “public voting” - social web 2.0 sites. Most prominent of such is digg.com (it’s not pligg based i guess). Today I tried out the pligg 9.8.2 beta engine, which is the current released version at the moment. I’m impressed with pligg functions, and configuration possibilities, so I think I can use pligg in my future pet projects. But I’m not impressed with the quality of the current version....

December 15, 2007 · 1 min · Alexander Holbreich