Last week I received an email from Delicious announcing that they’d been bought out by the people who originally created YouTube and that things were going to be changing over within 30 days. If I wanted to keep my account and bookmarks I’d have to go in and change things on my own before that time, otherwise I was going to lose it all.
For me, that was pretty much the last straw, of sorts. I wasn’t angry by any of it; not even close. Instead, I was bored and tired because this seems to be a common occurrence lately. These social bookmarking sites change things around, don’t give much of an explanation of the changes, and we’re supposed to roll with it and be happy and on our way.
I was also irritated 18 months ago when Technorati made its drastic change and suddenly no one had any idea what the numbers meant. I think I’ve been back twice since I learned of it, and I had never used the site to bookmark any posts at all as far as I can remember.
I’m wondering if the heyday of bookmarking sites like these has passed or is about to go away in its present condition. I read where people have major gripes about sites like Digg and StumbleUpon all the time, and it seems to be more prevalent and easier to do to just retweet posts to Twitter, something we’ve talked about a lot here lately. Indeed, it’s even easier to click on the “like” button at the bottom of some posts and share in Facebook because you don’t have to go anywhere else to do it. And let’s face it, Facebook is much bigger than all these other sites at this time.
I had a brief conversation with someone on Twitter about sites like Amplify and FriendFeed as well. I asked why it’s not just as good to post a link to one’s own site directly everywhere instead of going through one of these other sites. His belief was that these sites were much larger and could help get the word out easier. My gripe was that one clicks on a link in Twitter thinking it’s taking you one place, instead it takes you to one of these sites, and then you have to click on another link to actually take you to the article you want to read. I can’t be the only one that thinks that’s irritating. If it’s a news aggregator you happen to be visiting, like Alltop, that’s one thing; but sending out links to another site instead of directly to your own content just seems silly.
But maybe I’m fighting the new way because I’m older; I can’t believe that but it’s possible. What thoughts do you have on this topic?
There’s something going on these days that I really don’t understand. I’ll be on Twitter and I’ll see someone linking to a post or an article that they want to share. Since I know them, I click on the link to see what I’m going to be reading. However, instead of taking me directly to the article, it takes me someplace else where I now have to click on the link to read the article.
Sharing Dogs by Richard Stine
I must be missing the point about blog directories or social sharing sites. Sites such as StumbleUpon or Digg or Amplify or Ping.FM or any of the others allow people to post links to them, kind of like Delicious. Then those sites help them build up readership or visits or traffic in some way, supposedly, because people are visiting those sites and reading one’s material through them.
Okay, I get that… kind of. I only use Delicious to post some of my articles, but I’ve never gone through a single article I’ve ever seen there. I have a Technorati account more for the tracking of blog performance than anything else, even though I’ve pretty much decided it’s a joke since their numbers don’t make any sense to me anymore. I’ve never known if I get any bounce through those sites or not. According to Google Analytics, almost nothing comes from those sites now, though I can’t say whether it’s always been the case.
However, what I don’t get is why someone would send a post to Twitter through those sites instead of just sending people to their blogs. Maybe for articles that they’ve posted that belong to someone else that aren’t on blogs it makes sense, but otherwise… someone will have to explain this one to me.
It works differently in a few other places. For instance, on both Facebook and LinkedIn you can post a link to your blog post but you’d be irritating everyone is you posted your entire post into either of those sites. As a matter of fact, you wouldn’t want to do it anyway because suddenly you’d have duplicate content; that’s never good. Even so, what good would it do me to post a link to a blog post of mine on Facebook, then go to Twitter or wherever and post the link to my Facebook account so people can only see the headlines there and click on the post so they can come here?
Nope, I’m missing it; I don’t get it. And I know some of you are doing this. So, if you’re not afraid to “out” yourself, can you explain to me how this benefits you?