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Lisa talks about the side effects from the launch of Sphinn, both for Search Engine Land and the search engine optimization community as a whole. SearchCap loses traffic. Comments are down for sphunn entries. Less people are visiting blogs directly. But is all of this “bad”?

I had Sphunn earlier thoughts about how it would be nice if we could integrate comments happening on Sphinn into our own blogs (so they appear in both places) so this post caught my eye.
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from Harith 2421 Days ago #
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"It’s not your job to tell your customers how they should interact with you. Lay out their options and let them pick the one they like the best."With the risk of being accused of repeating myself, it would be great if Sphinn gives more visibility and higher priority to "Discussion Posts". As it is, Sphinn is a discussion-killer :-)

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from dannysullivan 2420 Days ago #
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For the record, neither Search Engine Land nor the SearchCap newsletter has lost traffic or readers. Both have grown. I covered this in my year-end stats review.

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from dannysullivan 2420 Days ago #
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Harith, I need to go back to the discussion thread. But I can’t buy into the idea that Sphinn is a discussion killer when a look at comments shows that so much activity happens here.Pick any forum, and you’ll see discussions often are generated off a news result. So just because a news story is submitted, I don’t think that should someone make the discussion see less "worthy."Where I’d love to see Sphinn pick up is for people are asking questions in general, on topics perhaps that haven’t been written about. I’ll go back to that other thread, though we did have ideas on improving this already from the start. It’s just a matter of working though things already on the development schedule.

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from scottclark 2420 Days ago #
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I agree Danny lots of activity is going on here that earlier would not have been seen by many. And lots of people are getting noticed. What is important about Sphinn to me is that it is apparent which things I should pay attention to.  Having the Sphinn community scrutinize a post is a great filtering mechanism to help focus one’s limited time on issues that count - or that I should spend more time on. So from a purely natural selection point-of-view that has to be good for elevating the industry.

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from Harith 2420 Days ago #
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Danny,Thanks for your time.I guess we need to look at "Discussion Posts" as the creative unique contents created- on and for its own platform, Sphinn. I don’t know if its programingwise possible. I’m sure if "Discussion Posts" would have their own "NEW DISCUSSIONS" or "Top 10 Most Sphunn Discussions", the folks here would pay more attention and might contribute more to discussions post.The thing I like most about Sphinn, comapred to forums, is the much fresh air to breath and the large sky to fly, if you understand what I mean ;-)

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from Gamermk 2420 Days ago #
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Well it’s good to hear that SEL and SearchCap still do well, my original article that this one links to was basically motivated by the fact that I don’t use it anymore. I really like Lisa’s take on this topic and you’ll note that neither of us say that SEL or SearchCap is going to fade away anytime soon. (but for those of us that aggressively follow our RSS feeds, SearchCap and SEL in general just aren’t going to play as big a role anymore as they did in the past before Sphinn)If you look at it from the opposite side of the coin, if Sphinn’s the worst thing that could have happened to SEL that speaks volumes to the stability of SEL.

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from dannysullivan 2420 Days ago #
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Just to be clear, I didn’t see the articles as negative nor was I trying to be critical. It’s just that it’s very easy to see something like "Without a doubt some eyeballs have been taken away from the SearchCap" and come away thinking uh-oh! I’m sure there are some people who are finding everything they want at Sphinn, and that’s great. But different people have different needs. SearchCap is designed especially for the person who doesn’t really want to be doing the instant digging but rather have the day wrapped up for them.

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from DarkMatter 2420 Days ago #
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brilliant title, it’s like a black hole from which no sphinner’s mouse cursor can escape.

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from 0thelisa 2420 Days ago #
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@dannysullivan - Er, meant to vote you up and voting you down instead. Manual fix?

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from Harith 2420 Days ago #
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0thelisaJust equalized your (-) voting with a big (+) vote :-)

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from 0thelisa 2419 Days ago #
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Harith -- Once I hit the (-) sign it took away the option to vote it up.  My fingers get confused. :)

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