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Search Engine Land - When dealing with social news networks, the comments can mean the difference between a home run and a strike-out. The more that you understand the culture and what works - the better off you will be. Get involved and provide value with your comments and make sure that people you are sending your stories to do the same.
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from chriswinfield 2400 Days ago #
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Hi Dave - Thanks for submitting this.  This is one area that I haven’t seen addressed much but can play such a crucial factor on social news sites especially.

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from torka 2400 Days ago #
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Awesome!(Sorry, couldn’t resist...)

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from chriswinfield 2400 Days ago #
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@torka - well done :)On a lot of the smaller sites, it’s not as frowned upon.  Probably because there is a closer knit community and thus encouragement isn’t really looked at as overly suspicious.

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from markdykeman 2400 Days ago #
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I had also heard that comments were somehow figuring into the Digg promotion algo.My own limited experience seems to indicate that a good disagreement or fight, plus some trash talk (not from the poster!) seems to help on Digg.  Which is a bit discouraging, but it’s real, I guess.

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from chriswinfield 2400 Days ago #
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@markdykeman - just want to be careful because if it gets too out of hand and really one-sided, people can bury the story because they don’t agree with the comments...

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from markdykeman 2400 Days ago #
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@chriswinfield - don’t disagree.  I’ve noticed, however, on the few stories that I have hit FP, that there were some lively conversations happening between other people in the comments.  I’m not a fight picker, personally.

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from theGypsy 2400 Days ago #
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@ Chris.... NP - as an old forum fly from back in the day (U know... 2005? remember?) I find comments on social sites/blogs to be a new form of that. I tend to treat them much the same. In some ways, I am even more on good behavoir as it feels like some one elses home ( a forum can feel like home after a few thousand posts). Comments are a major part of the ’social’ in Social media...

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from chriswinfield 2400 Days ago #
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For sure Dave.  Many companies want to partake in social media to "get in on the conversation" so to speak but tend to forget that...

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from Gamermk 2400 Days ago #
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This article is a good reminder of how much I suck at tone. Where’s an article on the tone of different words and what phrases to avoid!?

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from SpostareDuro 2400 Days ago #
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Great post! (oops, sry..that’s like saying "Awesome!" isn’t it?)

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from MiriamEllis 2400 Days ago #
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I appreciated the points made in this article, but the one I have often seen cited and which I differ with is the concept that simple praise is not welcome.While I know I much prefer it when my blog’s readers leave in-depth comments agreeing, disagreeing, sharing their special viewpoints, I don’t feel annoyed by my regular readers remarking, "this was great."I’d rather have them leave a note of praise if they’ve read the article than not bothering to comment at all, you know? It’s a nice way for them to say they appreciated an article, even if they don’t have anything major to contribute after reading it. In other words, those small comments are like a little thank you note, to my mind, and I like them.Miriam

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from aimClear 2400 Days ago #
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This post cleary has provoked an interesting dialog. This community is exciting. Social media is exciting.

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from crazycat 2399 Days ago #
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Thanks for that.

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from baardoa 2399 Days ago #
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Great article. Humour is important, although in some countries it would be difficult to find an audience with humor. For example in Germany, where I live:)

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from YoungVisionary 2399 Days ago #
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 This is a wonderful and exciting post to read. I was wondering has anyone got any knowledgeof GOOGLE’s new trouble steming from it rendition of creative works (GOOGLEsites)? Today a top GOOGLE executive cashed in $8.9 million in stock? Hum! Can anyone post a story about what is going on in GOOGLE inc.? Very interesting?

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