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Digg Buries Reddit and StumbleUpon in Reader Vote [POLL]

We’ve seen some epic battles in our weekly Web Faceoff series, where we put opposing social media and tech tools into the Colosseum and have them go to war for your vote. Our very first faceoff, Firefox vs. Chrome, had over 8000 votes, while only 31 votes separated Last.fm vs. Pandora.

None of those battles compared to the clash that occurred this week, though. We asked you, the readers, to choose between Digg, Stumbleupon, or Reddit for social media supremacy. But while thought there would be a lot of passionate people for this faceoff, we didn’t expect nearly 30,000 votes, shattering all of our previous records.

So who won this battle for the ages? It was close, and the lead changed several times, but in the end…

Digg was able to secure the victory. After Reddit took the lead in the beginning, Digg fought back with its massive community and gained 14,762 votes, or 50%. In second place was Reddit, which garnered 11,466 ballots (39%). StumbleUpon was left in the dust with only 2507 votes (8%).

This was, by far, our most popular and heated Web Faceoff yet. We’re going to do it again next week though, so watch out for the next edition. Until then, let us know what you think of this week’s result in the comments.

Who would win in a fight: Digg, StumbleUpon, or Reddit?(survey software)

Web Faceoff: Overall Results

Week 1:
- Mozilla Firefox vs. Google Chrome
- WINNER: Firefox, 4600 votes (Chrome: 3310 votes, Tie: 911 votes)

Week 2:
- Tumblr vs. Posterous
- WINNER: Tumblr, 1809 votes (Posterous: 1496 votes, Tie: 256 votes)

Week 3:
- Pandora vs. Last.fm
- WINNER: Last.fm, 1187 votes (Pandora: 1156 votes, Tie: 122 votes)

Week 4:
- Twitter vs. Facebook
- WINNER: Facebook, 2484 votes (Twitter: 2061 votes, Tie: 588 votes)

Week 5:
- WordPress vs. Typepad
- WINNER: WordPress, 2714 votes (Typepad: 267 votes, Tie: 357 votes)

Week 6:
- Windows 7 vs. Snow Leopard
- WINNER: Windows 7, 3632 votes (Snow Leopard: 3278 votes, Tie: 121 votes)

Week 7:
- TweetDeck vs. Seesmic Desktop
- WINNER: TweetDeck, 3294 votes (Seesmic Desktop: 1055 votes, Tie: 260 votes)

Week 8:
- Microsoft Office vs. Google Docs
- WINNER: Microsoft Office, 1365 votes (Google Docs: 994 votes, Tie: 315 votes)

Week 9:
- Apple iPhone vs. Google Android
- WINNER: Google Android, 3323 votes (Apple iPhone: 1494 votes, Tie: 228 votes)

Week 10:
- AT&T vs. Verizon
- WINNER: Verizon, 1161 votes (AT&T: 538 votes, Tie: 118 votes)

Week 11:
- Google vs. Bing
- WINNER: Google, 2180 votes (Bing: 519 votes, Tie: 97 votes)

Week 12:
- iPod Touch/iPhone vs. Nintendo DS vs. Sony PSP
- WINNER: iPod Touch/iPhone, 704 votes (Sony PSP: 639 votes, Nintendo DS: 482 votes)

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Digg Plus StumbleUpon Equals Diggstr

diggstrLove Digg’s content, but you don’t like to navigate through the site, searching for good stories? If you’re more keen on the StumbleUpon way of finding good stuff – i.e. having them (semi)randomly appear on the click of a button – Diggstr might be a great service for you.

Diggstr is, simply put, StumbleUpon for Digg. It takes Digg’s content and serves it to you exactly like StumbleUpon, through a top navigation bar which lets you open new stories and Digg them without ever seeing Digg.

You can choose which Digg categories you want to see, and if you like, you can set up precise filters for subcategories in Diggstr preferences. You can also choose whether you want to browse popular or upcoming stories, and finally, you can choose between browsing news, images or videos.

That’s pretty much all there is to Diggstr, but it works great. I still won’t be abandoning the standard way of using Digg, but when you just want to relax and browse through some stories without much thinking, Diggstr is a good choice.


Reviews: Digg, StumbleUpon

Tags: digg, Diggstr, stumbleupon

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Web Faceoff: Digg vs. StumbleUpon vs. Reddit

Digg StumbleUpon Reddit LogosOne of the most useful aspects of social media has been its power to help people discover people, content, and ideas that they would have otherwise missed. Born from that shared desire for discovery has been an abundance of incredible web communities. Some like Slashdot focus on technology, while others such as Twitter are mainstream open platforms for sharing.

Out of all of these communities though, a few stand out due to their highly engaged web communities and their unique technology for finding the best of the web. Social discovery sites Digg, StumbleUpon, and Reddit are three of the best examples of what happens when technology meets community.

This week we are asking you, the readers, to answer a simply question: which one of these social discovery sites is your favorite? Or perhaps more in the spirit of our weekly Web Faceoff series, which one would win in a death match? While Digg may be the largest of the three social media communities, StumbleUpon has had its victories and all three have extremely passionate communities that cannot be ignored.

As always, you have the final say. This week’s poll will close on Friday, December 18th at 12:00 PM PT. So make sure to cast your ballot, and then leave a comment telling us who commands your allegiance.

Who would win in a fight: Digg, StumbleUpon, or Reddit?(survey software)

Reviews: Digg, StumbleUpon, reddit.com

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Facebook Launches Share Buttons for Publishers

Facebook Share Buttons ImageSharing content on Facebook hasn’t generally been as easy as it has been on Twitter. Part of Twitter’s advantage is just how easy it is to share from blogs and other websites.

A lot of this has to do with the Tweetmeme buttons, which are those Twitter buttons you see on Mashable and elsewhere that count up how many retweets a webpage experiences. Facebook’s never really had an equivalent. Until now.

Quietly the world’s largest social network has been working on a new version of Facebook Share, one that includes buttons that can count the amount of shares a specific article gets across Facebook’s vast platform. Today, they launch officially at 10:00 AM PT, though you’ve probably already seen them being tested on a few websites, including Mashable, during the last week or so.

Installing the new Facebook Share buttons just involves adding a few lines of code – it’s actually one of the simplest implementations of Facebook Connect around. Once active, the live counter will check for the number of times your URL has been shared on Facebook. Facebook is also providing analytics for the Facebook Share buttons, including the number of shares, the number of “likes” for a story, the number of comments, and the number of clickbacks. The analytics are available via an API call

It’s easy to see why publishers would add the official Facebook button – it can count shares that aren’t part of the public Facebook stream and it has advanced analytics (we love knowing how many comments we receive on our stories). For Facebook, it helps foster a community of sharing on its platform – something that Twitter has been taking in recent months.

Now, if you want to try out the new Facebook Share buttons, all you have to do is click “share” on the Facebook button on the top left of this article. Tell us what you think in the comments.

Reviews: Facebook, Mashable, Tweetmeme, Twitter

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HOW TO: Stumble Upon Great Twitter Links

StumbleUpon is one of the biggest names in social discovery. The toolbar provides an easy way to rate content, share it with others, and discover cool stuff based on your tastes. Recently though, there’s been another service that’s been trudging into StumbleUpon’s social discovery waters: Twitter.

Now a new tool is bringing the full-fledged social toolbar and the content of Twitter together with a very appropriate-name, StumbleTweets. StumbleTweets is a Firefox extension and an iFrame that provides the ability to stumble Twitter in real-time.

StumbleTweets mimics the core features of the StumbleUpon toolbar (note that it is not an official StumbleUpon product), but with a Twitter twist. The core of StumbleTweets is the ability to stumble through links shared on Twitter. Clicking the logo will take you to a new random page. Once you have arrived, it will show you the number of retweets, the author of the tweet, and the actual tweet text itself.

StumbleTweets also includes some useful sharing features, including a retweet button, which makes it easy to share the current tweet and link with your followers, and a TwitThis button, which provides another avenue for sharing the page you are currently on. One of StumbleTweets’ best features, and one that even StumbleUpon doesn’t really have, is the ability to search from within the toolbar. Well, it would be a great feature, but it’s clear from a few searches that StumbleTweets’ search functionality needs some work to improve its relevance.

StumbleTweets also comes in the form of an iFrame toolbar for those using non-Firefox browsers. The iFrame, however has far less functionality. It includes only the ability to stumble, stats on rewteets, the original tweet, and the ability to retweet the page you are on. It’s activated by searching from the StumbleTweets homepage.

While most of the comparisons of this new tool will be made towards StumbleUpon, the more relevant competitor is the Tweetmeme toolbar. Tweetmeme’s iFrame, activated when you click on a link from the Tweetmeme homepage, also displays information on retweets and provides a way to “stumble” links as well. Using the stumble feature on both provides good results, but Tweetmeme’s advance retweet tracking technology makes its offering a little more useful.

StumbleTweets iFrame Toolbar

StumbleTweets’ main strength is that it’s a full-fledged toolbar that lives within the browser. This makes it easy to active or deactivate, simple to use, and provides additional functionality like search or TwitThis functionality. StumbleTweets is a work-in-progress, but already gets some things right. Most of all, it makes it easier to find the amazingly interesting content that flows through the Twittersphere all the time.

More Twitter resources from Mashable:

- 5 Terrific Twitter Research Tools
- HOW TO: Use Twitter for Customer Service
- HOW TO: Find a Job on Twitter
- 5 Ways to Share Images on Twitter
- 10 Most Extraordinary Twitter Updates

Reviews: Firefox, StumbleUpon, Twitter

Tags: stumbletweets, stumbleupon, twitter

HOW TO: Stumble Upon Great Twitter Links

Did Google Just Build its Own Version of Digg?

What's Popular Google Gadget

iGoogle is Google’s popular homepage product, where users can create custom homepages with widgets and unique backgrounds. Google released iGoogle gaming themes last month, but this new discovery might be a whole lot more interesting: there is an iGoogle gadget floating around with functionality similar to Digg, called What’s Popular.

Steve Rubel, a senior VP of Edelman Digital, caught the similarities between the iGoogle Gadget and the social media voting service Digg. The Google gadget allows users to find what’s popular on the web by 1) submitting links, 2) voting on links, and 3) letting an algorithm do the rest. To most of us, this does sound a lot like Digg.

This widget clearly has features that overlap with Digg, but it’s not a website or service of its own. Yet the question must be asked: could Google build a social media service from this widget that could compete with Digg or StumbleUpon? Would they want to?

Comparing Features: What’s Popular vs. Digg

Whats Popular iGoogle Gadget Image

To understand why this specific gadget is raising eyebrows, you need to understand its features and how it works. It’s much simpler than Digg or Reddit, but works on the same premise.

Central to the gadget is the ability to submit articles. It’s as simple as copying and pasting a link – the gadget does the rest, although titles and descriptions can be changed, just like on Digg. It’s important to note that you can add items without crediting yourself – it can be done anonymously, and there seems to be no rewards for submitting links that become popular.

Once items are added, anyone with the gadget can vote items up or down (like Reddit). The gadget shows how many upvotes the item has received (called pops). Articles with enough upvotes (and ones viewed favorably by the algorithm) rise to the top. The gadget even divides content between stories, videos, and images – another Digg feature.

It’s still unknown how much traffic this iGoogle gadget drives to websites or how much it could drive in the future.

What is Google’s Goal with What’s Popular?

iGoogle Digg Logos Google has clearly taken a page or two from some of the top social media discovery websites around – namely Digg, StumbleUpon, and Reddit. This gadget makes it very simple and easy to add links and vote on links.

However, it’s still just an iGoogle gadget, not a full-fledged service. It will not drive traffic to a website like Digg, StumbleUpon, or even Yahoo Buzz can, decreasing its current value. It’s not hard, however, to see the What’s Popular gadget becoming an extension of a larger service with the same functionality (Google Pop, anyone?). Don’t forget about the huge userbase already using iGoogle – that alone could drive masses of traffic to websites.

Google has shown interest in the social media discovery space in the past. In fact, at one point last year, Google was close to acquiring Digg. An iGoogle gadget could be an easy way to “test the waters” before jumping in themselves.

The evolution of this little widget could be something to watch.

Reviews: Digg, Google, StumbleUpon, reddit.com

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White House Postpones TARP Announcement

The Obama Administration delayed its announcement on a plan for the next phase of the Troubled Asset Relief Program [TARP] until Tuesday, saying its economic team needed to focus on passing its $800 billion-plus economic stimulus plan, which is scheduled for more votes in the Senate on Monday.

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