Weekend feature testing: linkage tools

DMZ · March 20, 2009 at 9:32 pm · Filed Under Mariners 

Hey, I’ve finally been spurred into action on throwing one of them social media link-o-matic things on the site. I’ll probably test at least two options this weekend, so if you see one, either in the posts or on the sidebar, give it a quick test and let us know how it went. I’ll be watching performance and issues, and if people really like one option (or the concept generally) I’ll integrate it more seriously on Monday.

You kids today, with your social media. When I first got online we didn’t have social media, we called Facebook “Stonehenge” or “Citadel” and you only got there with a modem and there wasn’t any link sharing because we didn’t have links. And we loved it! We invented all those “25 things” memes that have been re-infecting Myspace and Facebook and Overshare. It’s like 2008 was the year the Internet dug up a time capsule from the mid-1980s, cracked it open, stuck its head in, inhaled deeply of all the stored viruses, and said “oh yeah, that’s the stuff.”

And then “Hayes? Who the hell is Hayes, and what are these blinking lights?”


13 Responses to “Weekend feature testing: linkage tools”

  1. Sports on a Schtick on March 20th, 2009 10:23 pm

    I’m still waiting for a Dave and/or DMZ-approved USS Mariner Facebook group.

  2. harry on March 21st, 2009 4:23 am

    Or not. How about alt.fan.ussm? I’d suggest Fidonet, but damn, times are even harder there…

  3. DaveValleDrinkNight on March 21st, 2009 4:33 am

    What would Jack Burton do?

  4. argh on March 21st, 2009 7:05 am

    Since you’re doing site work I have a site-related question. If it’s the wrong time or place sorry but I’ve wondered about this for some time. Unlike any other site I visit regularly, if I open a link (hypertext, featured, whatever) here at USSM the link opens in the window/tab occupied by USSM. Everywhere else, if I ‘click’ on a link within a site it opens a new tab or window. This is xp pro, firefox (which is set to open new pages in a new tab), all fully up dated. It’s a fairly minor point (and annoyance) but why does it work that way here at USSM only and could it be ‘fixed’?

  5. Crushgroovin on March 21st, 2009 9:03 am

    Just shared a link on Facebook worked GREAT!! Excellent job USSM crew.

  6. joser on March 21st, 2009 9:15 am

    I’m still waiting for a Dave and/or DMZ-approved USS Mariner Facebook group.

    Ugh, yeah.
    Next step: analysis from Dave via Twitter, 140 characters at a time.

  7. argh on March 21st, 2009 9:44 am

    140 characters ought to cover your basic Washburn start.

  8. DMZ on March 21st, 2009 11:07 am

    argh: I don’t know what the issue could be, this is the only case I’ve heard reported, and I can’t get it to repro.

    I don’t know what else to do at this point.

  9. NODO Dweller on March 21st, 2009 11:18 am

    The Facebook linkage using the tool that’s active right now works pretty well, but you should probably figure out a way for a real site logo to appear as a choice for thumbnail. Currently only the Digital Forest and Cheater’s Guide images are listed.

  10. Dave Clapper on March 21st, 2009 4:57 pm

    If people start really using the StumbleUpon link in ShareThis, you could see significant bumps to traffic for individual posts. We added this tool to SmokeLong’s stories a few months back, and our top ten page views in any given month since then have been dominated by stories that folks Stumbled. (That said, I think you have higher traffic than we do, so it might not be quite as noticeable; we do about 100,000 page views/month.)

  11. argh on March 21st, 2009 7:36 pm

    Thanks for the look, DMZ – odd thing.

  12. DMZ on March 21st, 2009 9:22 pm

    you should probably figure out a way for a real site logo to appear as a choice for thumbnail.

    I don’t know how to do that. Suggestions welcome.

  13. NODO Dweller on March 22nd, 2009 12:57 pm

    I’m pretty sure it’s just picking up “normal” images of a certain size from the page itself. Adding a smallish logo file to the page somewhere should do it.

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