It’s really old news, but I love this illustration – Justin Bieber Has Dedicated Servers at Twitter
Hello! Before we get down to business, here’s just a quick announcement: This weekend I launched a new WordPress plugin called Foursquare Map – any readers with your own blogs, please check it out and let me know how it goes!
Another thing I did this week was to set up my own GTD system with a fresh Moleskine book. I’ll be using this set of icons to help me manage my growing to-do list. First on that list was to follow up on a note to “Map the Digital Cortex Ecosystem“, so *tick!*
What does that entail? Over the two years the site has been running, I’ve tried and tested loads of ways to syndicate content, drive traffic and grow my following. I think I’ve just about maxed-out on the optimisations I can make, and expect further growth to come solely from publishing interesting content. So what does my so-called ‘optimal’ set-up look like? Thanks to Paint.NET you can see for yourself (click for full-screen):
Some tips for building your own blogging ecosystem:
- Try StumbleUpon – it shows me the coolest stuff every day because I’ve spent time telling it my interests, and then fine-tuning the system with thumbs up / down. I use it about 50 times a day.
- Get Read It Later – when you don’t have time to give a site the attention it deserves, click the ‘RIL’ button and it’ll sync to the cloud, for reading at a later date. I’ve racked up so much cool stuff this way.
- Use Delicious Effectively – it’s immensely powerful when used in the right way, and I use it to write one sentence descriptions, along with loads of tags, that publish to my Tumblr each day.
- Start a Side Blog – some stuff is too cool not to blog about, but sometimes that stuff doesn’t warrant a full blog post (esp. when you’re busy). That’s where Tumblr comes in, and mine is now the fifth largest referrer here, after just two months!
- Don’t Cross the Streams – sure it’s fun to publish everything everywhere, but it’s sensible to apply a bit of intelligence: what’s really the most appropriate content for that channel? That’s why only blog content goes to my Facebook fan page.
- Twitter is WIN! – It’s an amazing tool for bloggers, both for content discovery and for content syndication. It’s especially powerful when paired with Tweetmeme buttons on your site (like below). The same is true of the Facebook ‘Like’ button.
There’s probably more to structuring a blogging ecosystem than this, like the ‘star system’ with Twitter/Spotify/Google or the X-Marks approach. There’s also the big question of how you go about measuring any of this stuff, and no word has been made of an actual content strategy but hey, that’s the eternal battle, eh bloggers?!
That’s it from me, hope you enjoyed this post. Let’s discuss tactics… Go!
So it appears Twitter is A/B testing the text of their sign-up button on the twitter.com home page. I can currently find five variations of the sign-up section located on the right-hand side of the page:
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The different texts suggest different approaches to writing…
These are my del.icio.us links for December 13th
- The Number 4 Blog –
A well-produced blog administered by my younger sister Laura, soon to be an intern at Vogue.
- The Millennials – Pew Research Center –
The Pew Research Center begin a yearlong series of original reports that explore the behaviors, values and opinions of today’s teens and twenty-somethings.
- Internet rules and laws: the top 10, from Godwin to Poe – Telegraph –
Meant to be funny, but there’s actually some useful stuff here!
- 13 Ways to Promote Your Next Blog Post –
Some great advice for noobs and pros alike.
- Twitter Guide Book – How To, Tips and Instructions by Mashable –
Great for clients looking to break into Twitter – very concise info.