Thanks to my wonderful web guy, Mark Jaquith, you’ll notice a new feature at the end of every post that I started including over the weekend. It says “Digg This.” If you click on it, it’ll take you to Digg, the hot user-powered content site that now has a Politics section.
Registered members of the site get to vote on (“digg”) which news stories/blog posts will be featured on the front page. The greater the number of diggs, the higher the placement on the page.
I encourage you to register and participate. One of the things I’ve noticed about the most buzzed-about user-generated sites–not just Digg, but also Slashdot, Metafilter, Fark, Del.Icio.Us, YouTube, etc.–is the dearth of conservative representation.
Why is that? Some lefties think it’s because most of the sites’ most passionate members are techies, and they theorize that techies tend to be more libertarian or liberal than conservative. Is that true? I don’t know.
Other commenters think it’s because most conservative Internet users/blog readers have day jobs/family life away from the computer, while the Kos Kidz and Kompany surf all day on and off the clock. Is that true? I don’t know.
Whatever the reason, moonbat dominance isn’t inevitable. And hey: Diversity is good. These sites should welcome alternative viewpoints. Get on the playing field!
Speaking of YouTube (which just hit more than 100 million video dowloads per day), you may have noticed that I embedded the Moonbat Fast edition of Vent on Friday here at mm.com instead of linking at Hot Air as a I usually do. We were curious about whether a political videoblog could compete with the usual fare at YouTube–you know, girls in bikinis, Ask a Ninja segments, car crashes, and so on. The video has garnered 76,000+ views and was the 5th most-watched video on Friday/98th most-watched video of the week–proving there is a market for right-leaning video at YouTube waiting to be tapped.
I’ve created a new group at YouTube for conservatives to share videos, post movies, and keep in touch. Come join us on the right side of YouTube.
LGF is getting Diggy With It, too, and Charles Johnson is also including quick links to del.icio.us for his commenters. He writes:
Both of these sites tilt pretty heavily toward the moonbat side of the current political scene, so I thought it might be a good idea to attempt to establish a lizardoid beachhead there.
LGF commenter echoparkdirt notes the partisan dynamic over at Digg:
Oh, by the way, how DIGG works is that articles don’t get a lot of readership until they hit the “Front Page” — so that means within 24 hours, articles need to get a certain amount of DIGGS to get there. That’s why it’s important to DIGG the articles you like. But people can also “BURY” articles, and even if they are popular, if they reach a certain amount of “BURYS” they are pulled from the front page. Several of my articles (mostly with the word Muslim in it) have fallen victim to this fate. It is, you understand, racist to call attention to Global Jihad.
These are the articles that were buried within 30 minutes of hitting the Front Page.
Strangely, many of these links are ones I found thru LGF:
So the question is, how to respond to a sinister burial campaign? The only way I can figure out is to respond in kind — and attempt to reach an uneasy balance of power.
Anyway this should be fun.
Go help bolster the forces.
Matt at Blackfive is also using Del.icio.us links so their readers can bookmark the blog. He e-mails:
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We’ve been featuring the links for a week. My visits have gone up
(but I can’t tell for sure if the Del links have helped). AND I’ve gotten a ton of left wing comments and email which is something that I don’t usually get unless featured in an MSM article.
Thanks for trying to get more conservatives on board with the (somewhat) newest technology.
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