I have to say that the people running “new Digg” do not seem to be great communicators. You can imagine my surprise when I tried to log in and everything had gone: my identity, my submissions, my history, my friends – like a Tsunami had come and wiped us all out!
I believe the change took place August 1 – the same day US healthcare took a step forward covering various issues including Birth Control. Birth Control was the subject of the post I submitted on Digg, August 2nd. I have no idea where it went – I couldn’t find it on Google and older posts that did show on Google couldn’t be opened. I tried to be open minded and searched around a little, but still have no idea what “new Digg” is trying to achieve. The page I could open, showed a bunch of articles, newspaper style, but no way to get to my submissions or check out the submissions of interesting friends I had exchanged with earlier on Digg.
I am not pretending to be particularly knowledgeable about the various sites. I still have no idea what Google +1 (if that is the name) is all about. I have never used +1’s and in general don’t like sites that treat us like school kids, constantly trying to get us to rate things. I use Google for searches (except on Firefox where Babylon has usurped). Back to Google – I was shocked to find advertisements heading results for my searches and being told I can “opt-in” and see ads. geared to my interests, or “opt-out” and see ads. unlikely to be of interest. I opted-out as I am not interested in any advertisements and don’t want Google to choose them for me, although I thought that already happened – by geographic location etc.
Klout is a little more interesting. With Klout I go directly to topics I am supposed to be influential in – that amuses me. I like being influential in “Greenland” and have been proud of various other ones like “Magic” and “Turkey”, but some I cannot guess how they became attached. Plus K’s mean nothing to me, but I would like my overall rating to get back over 40 – it went down when, in addition to Twitter, data from other sites I barely participate in were included in the calculation. However, I don’t do anything deliberate to increase my score, in spite of perks that I would be eligible for if I completed my profile.
I like Twitter, but I don’t see the various changes on Twitter as improvements, but at least I still have my identity, although various things seem harder to follow. I hardly understood Facebook at any time, so didn’t notice when they made major changes – still confusing but in a different way!
So, those are a few grumbles as I watch the Olympics. Do you think Social Media is getting better? Am I just a stick in the mud?