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Seattle SEO John Andrews challenges Sphinn members to prove their mettle as marketers, by pushing Sphinn over 600 for the first time. If you’re new to Sphinn, welcome! and why not throw your first Sphinn onto this historical post?

Sites like Digg show hundreds and sometimes thousands of votes because their members participate and exercise their voting rights. Sphinn is young, but more than a year old already and yet most posts have 10, 20, or 30 Sphinns. Why not more?

When this post first went "hot", it challenged Sphinn’s membership to "prove themselves" as marketers. The most number of Sphinns for any post at that time was less than 70. Since the users pushed this to 100, then 200, and now over 400, Sphinn has grown site wide. Many posts see almost a hundred Sphinns.

More Sphinns reflects more participation, and by increasing participation we not only prove ourselves as marketers but help keep Sphinn alive as a viable community.

Let’s go to 600 but continue to pace of voting to Sphinn up what deserves to be Sphunn, site wide!
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from dannysullivan 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 1

Oh my, really, the first serious Sphinnbait. And so deserving of a Sphinn. C’mon, let’s kick John up to 100.

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from nathanholman 2568 Days ago #
Votes: -1

funny stuff.

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from toddmintz 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 1

I assume you are going to make 100 Sphinns, top the "Greatest Hits", and then quit, correct? Don’t be a "One Hit Wonder", John.

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from bwelford 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Way to go, John. However I hope all this fun stuff won’t crowd out the quality content.

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from qwerty 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 1

This is just a demonstration of the mob mentality within the business. Well, I won’t sphinn it. Nope, I’m not falling for it. Not this fella. must.... resist.... sphinning....accckkkkk

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from Sem-Advance 2568 Days ago #
Votes: -1

I tried to read his blog but after looking at it... decided wasn’t worth trying to decipher. But I was thinking his idea is SphinnSpam Say that three times real quick.....

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from dreras 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 1

This is a perfect example of linkbait. John caught my attention just like he said he would...through my logs. Way to go John, you got my Sphinn.

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from HamletBatista 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 0

I found out through my log too. Clever strategy. Was that a typical get-rich-quick looong sales letter or a post? The only items missing were the red bold letters, big headings, testimonials and his signature ;-)

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from SEOHonolulu 2568 Days ago #
Votes: -1

good lord.. that blog is about 10 minutes away from MFA land... no sphinn for you! I am the sphinn nazi!

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from beammeup 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 0

John gave me some great advice a few months ago about where to go in my business. I’ll gladly Sphinn this. It’s now Sphunn. This is fun. Now, I’m done.

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from Derick 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 1

It’s just one more Sphinn. What could it hurt? I promise I’m quitting tomorrow. This is seriously the last one. Well... I’ll have to Sphinn once tomorrow morning... just to get the day started off on the right foot. But then I’m done for real. Yeah. Tomorrow is the day. That’s the plan for today anyway.

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from MattMcGee 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 0

John ... love it. Making Seattle proud. You get #1, Rand gets #2, and then we all bump one of mine up there and Seattle owns the Top 3. Sound good?

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from SEOHonolulu 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 1

I did sphinn it for the record.. was just trying to make a bad seinfeld joke. sorry :(

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from randfish 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 2

Threw a link on the SEOmoz blog to hopefully help you out. Good luck.

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from Sebastian 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Heh. I’d kill for a link - sphunn, and great job John!

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from willcritchlow 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Okey dokey. I’m a sucker. Sphunn and contact made.

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from ciaran 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 1

Sphunn, more to see whether driving traffic to his page will drive it on to our site which is on the list - nowt as yet... It’s bloody hard reading though, isn’t it?

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from LukeRegan 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Sphunn, love it.

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from robwatts 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 0

moved finger on mouse downwards

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from justinhayward 2568 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Sphinn to Win. Legendary work fella.

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from TimDineen 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 1

alright. why not.

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from Silver 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

I’ll give this a Sphinn, though it sounded as though we’ll later lose the ego-links he’s got to our blogs? Worthy of a Sphinn, regardless. "...watch their referrer logs like hawks..." Yeah. I guess I resemble that remark!

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from seoz87 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

sphunn....

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from fantomaster 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Sock it to ’em, John - always good for pinpointing the latest coolest buzzy trends from Absurdistan.

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from eeko 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

It can be done.....one step closer to 100

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from kiru4 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Back in the day, I spun pressed vinyl and got David Cassidy and the Partridge Family in return... Then the Berlin wall came down, vinyl became a sofa cover that my legs stuck to on humid days, and I found myself thrust into the exciting world of SEO. I’ll sphinn to say I was a part of history!

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from kimber 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 1

part of me says no, don’t do it...but i couldn’t resist.

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from Syzlak 2567 Days ago #
Votes: -1

damn fine idea

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from dannysullivan 2567 Days ago #
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@Jill, see, at first I thought John’s mug was a Borg from Star Trek -- which alone would have been sphinn worthy. Then I realized it was a camera! Great post about taking photos about the surfers and bringing that back to search privace, by the way, John: http://www.johnon.com/380/google-privacy-2.html

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from fskipper 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Booyah...

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from aimClear 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Wonderful...in addition to the link-for-Sphinns approach, I think gift certificates for sushi in San Jose should be distributed to those making colorful comments.

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from webprofessor 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 1

I guess sphinning this makes me a dirty dirty link whore

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from Marie 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

wow that was my first sphinn!

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from bigoak 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Okay, I’ll bite and make this my first Sphinn. Your strategy worked, I tracked a link to my Big Oak SEO Blog and found the article.

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from SisterSledge 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 1

Haha...I had to register just so I Sphinn this. I’ve been reading Johnon since Threadwatch closed down...nowadays it’s the best place I can find for snarkyness. Hmmm...maybe I should go check out what Thatgirlfrommarketing is writing - without Threadwatch I’m snark-deprived :-(

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from PaulHancox 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 1

I do believe I’m the 100th sphinner! :)

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from johnandrews 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 3

Wow... I went biking this morning and just checked back in to see 98 sphinns! Awesome.. and certainly gives me more to show off to the domainers next week at DomainRoundtable. Now, who will be Sphinn #100 of the first post to Sphinn up to 100? I’ll get the linking updated... lots of work to do :-)

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from PaulHancox 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 2

I believe the answer is, ME :) Wow, that was more exciting than sniping an Ebay auction :) Maybe I should get out more...

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from AmyGreer 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Sphunn ... and I subscribed to your feed, John. Double whammy.

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from beammeup 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

101! Way to go John! Way to knock off Rand! (no offense Rand, seomoz = still super cool)

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from webconnoisseur 2567 Days ago #
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102 and still going...

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from ViperChill 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 1

No offence to rand but I’m glad he’s not up there anymore :D

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from bwelford 2567 Days ago #
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Since we’ve now delivered on John’s objective, perhaps we can now get back to Regular Programming. :)

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from pittfall 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Regular programing... this is a marketers community! Oh the drama, the intrigue, and mine is bigger than yours.

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from gabs 2567 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Nice ping list for this one ;) toprankblog full list pinged ?

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from johnandrews 2566 Days ago #
Votes: -2

Only the first 400 entries ;-)

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from PaFinder 2566 Days ago #
Votes: 0

i joined sphinn because of this article. it is good and made me want to join.

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from tinkerbellchime 2565 Days ago #
Votes: 1

Hey, I joined Sphinn because of this article, too. John, they should pay you! You’re the best marketer of the week.

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from jandrew07 2564 Days ago #
Votes: 1

done

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from JohnWeb 2562 Days ago #
Votes: 1

I regret that I only have one sphinn to give.

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from macewan 2553 Days ago #
Votes: 2

I’ll give it a shot.

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from debohobo 2543 Days ago #
Votes: 2

Sure, I’m in!

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from gothwalk 2536 Days ago #
Votes: 1

Another one signed up because of John’s article...

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from billse 2527 Days ago #
Votes: 1

145, baby. You make some good points.

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from bwelford 2423 Days ago #
Votes: 1

Just one more Sphinn and it’s the double century.  I’ve helped already so it can’t be me.

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from BenWilks 2403 Days ago #
Votes: 0

lol.

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from techustle 2403 Days ago #
Votes: 1

go John go!

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from Aussiewebmaster 2402 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Good technique to get some backdoor sphinns.... always smile at your methodologies... keep it up mate

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from sunaren2001 2345 Days ago #
Votes: 1

I did my job john :)

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from discuit 2345 Days ago #
Votes: 1

19 to go....

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from turnkeywebsites 2345 Days ago #
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18  to go :)

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from johnandrews 2339 Days ago #
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So now we’ve got de-sphinners, on a Sphinn-zone post. Gimme a break. If nothing else, this thread is PROMOTIONAL and FEELS GOOD for Sphinners who participate. I can see desphinning news items that don’t make the grade, but desphinning a Sphinn-zone discussion? Sounds like sour grapes to me.

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from tamar 2337 Days ago #
Votes: -1

Sour grapes it may be, but it doesn’t add any value to the Internet Marketing community in my opinion.  Come on, you can handle it.

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from AboutBruyns 2333 Days ago #
Votes: -1

Very good post you wrote about barter: http://www.johnon.com/528/google-paidlinks.html

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from discuit 2324 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Well thats all done then309

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from incrediblehelp 2324 Days ago #
Votes: -1

Little late to the party here, but this whole thread reminded me of phrase that starts with circle and ends in jerk.

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from Rizoh 2268 Days ago #
Votes: 2

Sphinnbaiting...I like that word.

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from johnandrews 2267 Days ago #
Votes: -2

80% of the way to 400 sphinns...

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from monchito 2260 Days ago #
Votes: 0

just added 0.25% ;)

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from moneymanatee 2251 Days ago #
Votes: 2

I have to say this is lame and reminds me of when Digg started to go over the tipping point and then became super lame.  I’d rather see a story with 30 sphinns than a story begging for votes.  I mean seriously folks... what’s in it for us?  Nothin’.someone needs to start a campaign to desphinn this one... lol?

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from johnandrews 2251 Days ago #
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welcome to the party.. a bit late. But thanks for the comments anyway. There were links involved, just so ya know, but the management has put the kabosh on saying that so it isn’t said any more. Nope. No one is saying anything about back links for Sphinns. Why go to 400? Well, why leave it at 100 where it was.. or 200... or even 300? Now whether or not this is "lame" has not been addresses here, but you could always start a thread about "Sphinn is a popularity contest" or something like that. The whole idea of votes for stories you didn’t write... well that could be debated too if you want. But not here.Now if you have something helpful to add, perhaps regarding what should be up here, that would be great. It’s all about the Sphinners... and this post started because there was another old, boring, useless post sitting at the top at that time.

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from johnandrews 2200 Days ago #
Votes: 1

Social Media Marketing is a funny business. Right now, for instance, Tamar and I have been contrasted on the SEOBook blog for our views of Social Media. Tamar is portrayed as all bubbly and optimistic, and I have been described as cynical. Actually, that is a pretty good comparison. But that should not be construed as dismissive. I do not dismiss social... I just dismiss people who have little more going for them than their cult of online friends who vote for whatever they want voted up (or down). I believe in hard work and education. I think everyone deserves a shot, and no one has to do both work and education, but I dislike the players who pull social infleunce to secure commercial opportunity that others have worked hard to earn, through sweat and/or education. Now this comment stream is being "played", as you can see in the comments getting voted down (quietly.. slowly.. every since tamar expressed her self-admitted "sour grapes" above). I don’t corral any legion of followers to click my stuff or vote for me or support my friends... that is what I dislike about "social media marketing". I love the concept of moving the people... I just don’t like the fake, wanna-be marketer stuff that comes out of "come on folks, time to vote this up" (or down). It’s okay... I have always supported Sphinn and although I would prefer to see a positive approach to competing, I understand how certain players may have a limited arsenal of creativity available to them, and may feel they have to resort to negative tactics. Wouldn’t it be great to see someone produce something so Sphinn-worthy it collected 400 Sphinns? When I started this, here was very little comment voting going on at Sphinn, and very little Sphinning compared to viewing. That was a driving force behind my initial "prove yourself a marketer" post looking for 100 Sphinns. It worked. Lots more activity, new members signing in to Sphinn, and mostly positive comments. Somewhere above some people decided they had no hope of overtaking this post at the top of the Greatest Hits page, and things started going sour. Negative comments, down votes, and now... ?Too bad, but perhaps reflective if the players behind some of the Social Media scamminess? No worries... I believe in the power of marketers even if there are a bunch of sour ones. And that is why I offer a challenge... go ahead and displace this post on the Greatest Hits page. Prove Yourself a Marketer, get something else up here at 400 or whatever Sphinns, and I’ll hand over the crown and edit this post so it doesn’t detract from your glory at the top. My initial goal for this was 1 million Sphinns, but I am willing to forgoe that dream if it helps make Sphinn a more positive communty. So there it is... a challenge. We’re on our way to 400, but if you can be creative and get something Sphinn worthy up here close to this post’s count... a respectable challenger so to speak, I’ll defer to your Social Media Genius. Up to it? I hope so. In the mean time, thanks everyone for the votes and let’s keep it positive out there! 

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from shannonswenson 2149 Days ago #
Votes: 0

394. Yawn and g’nite.

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from yetanotherben 2104 Days ago #
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I’m a little disappointed it’s now hit 405!  I found it funnier when people left it at 401...come on guys!

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from johnandrews 2096 Days ago #
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@yetanotherben I suppose we now need to go to 499 and let it sit there! That would be even funnier! ;-)

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from yetanotherben 2092 Days ago #
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@Johnandrews, OK I’ve finally been suckered in to Sphinning it to help you along your way!Now everyone say after me: "I promise I won’t Sphinn this post past 499"  ...great thinking John!!

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from bthomson 2030 Days ago #
Votes: 0

What do you mean 449... there are only 82 comments!

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from JustinMarch 2022 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Quality first IMHO but a very clever idea John...

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from hepcj 2001 Days ago #
Votes: 0

I added my Sphinn too.

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from slaphappychappie 1993 Days ago #
Votes: 0

I was only 481 - would loved to have been number 501 to conclude your objective!

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from AirDisa 1977 Days ago #
Votes: 0

I was 487. I would love to see it go way past 500. I would be willing to bet it will go past 500 by more than one voter vying to be number 500 on the spot. Go go go :)Best wishes,Disa

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from sk33lz 1943 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Well, this is my first sphinn and I am #506. I wasn’t sure if you all wanted to keep this sphinning or not. Time to go sphin some others that I have been reading over the past few weeks. Might as well keep it going at this point :)Cheers

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from bennycostello 1904 Days ago #
Votes: 0

lets hope spinn gets there. fingers crossed

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from YourEasyWay 1892 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Well John’s not doing too badly for himself at a respectable 536 with my Sphinn. ;)Let’s keep "him" Sphinning, and maybe that 1,000 is not so unobtainable...Warm regards,Paul

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from Gab 1888 Days ago #
Votes: -2

lol how many times is John gonna be able to change this title? :)

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from MariosAlexandrou 1877 Days ago #
Votes: -2

@Gab I could’ve sworn the title was 500 at some point. Thanks for confirming I’m not going nuts. It does seem odd that the title can be updated... I just checked some of my submissions and I don’t seem to have that ability. Or am I missing something?

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from billse 1864 Days ago #
Votes: 0

this is noisy - and unnecessary to the value of Sphinn.

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from tamar 1864 Days ago #
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Agreed with billse. I have been waiting for this button to appear for so long to use it right here!

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from BrentCsutoras 1864 Days ago #
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pointless and i just dont see the value in being above someone else by asking for it.

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from johnandrews 1834 Days ago #
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It gets tiring for old Spocial Media gurus like you Brent  but "the value" was in getting people to Sphinn posts, comment on them, and vote up/down. In other words, to encourage engagement with the Sphinn system.

It worked, and continued to work.

When this post appeared, the community was almost a thousand in number yet "popular" posts got like 5 Sphinns. The Greatest Hists was under 75 Sphinns, and sat there week after week. I tried to open it up, and encourage "everyman" to make his opinion known by Sphinning. In my eyes, that helps everyone become someone in the community.

You shouldn't have to be social media "cool" to participate in Sphinn. I imagine the same people who comment that speakers at SMX/SES/Pubcon represent an incestuous clique of buddies patting each other on the back, might lurk on Sphinn rather than risk expressing an opinion. I don't think it should be that way.

So everyone should Sphinn and vote. Sphinn this one to 600 to make history, that's what I say. Why not? And if it helps improve Sphinn as a community, and lead the way towards participation beyond false ceilings and virtual barriers, all the better.

It looks like they've removed the ability to advance beyond 600 now, so only 48 to go until someone gets lucky enough to be #600.




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from AdamAudette 1834 Days ago #
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Just added one more sphinn to the pile :)



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from Michelle 1833 Days ago #
Votes: -2

@johnandrews I'm afraid I don't know what you're talking about re: the limit of sphinns being 600. There's been no limit put on the number of (legitimate) sphinns an item can get.



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Desphinn from thewinchester 1802 Days ago #
Votes: -1

Please, this is the worst kind of self-gratification around. I put this in the same category as the tons of spam which flood this site and will desphinn accordingly.

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from jatrasmara 1789 Days ago #
Votes: 0

sphinn one... it's near 600 now!  :)



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from Innerclick 1776 Days ago #
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great stuff, I have not sphinn one yet,but I will get to it soon.



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from EmperorAnton 1766 Days ago #
Votes: 0

Not at 600 yet, with just over 2 years...I'll promote it a bit.



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