In an effort to understand how social bookmarking sites work, I read blogs after blogs, articles after articles, and I still don't have a clue! One person said this is good to do; while others advice against it.
I have questions upon questions, and can't seem to find the answers for them. One thing though, I find many great resources and beautiful pictures on StumbleUpon and Digg.
Why Do We Add Friends?
Well, one thing I understood is this: if you have friends, and when you hit the "stumble" button, you will see your friends' stumbles! That part is crystal clear!
On Digg, when you add friends, they can send "shout" to you, and you can shout back to them with your submission!
However, while stumbling, I do not see my friends on SU list that often, but I mostly see sites that are more tailored to my interests.
Very few of my SU friends stumble my discovered either! Since I hardly ever stumble through my friends discovered, I have to go to their blog to look for sites that are useful, or interesting to me.
Digg is another story! It depends on who your friends are! If your friend is a popular "Digger", chances are they have many shouts to Digg, and yours will be pushed down further on the list. Sometimes, your shout will even be missed!
Should we add friends?
Just as in the real world, we need to be careful in picking or adding friends to our network. Before adding, you should take a look at their blog, or their digg history to see if you have anything in common, or something useful in your areas of interests.
Why add friends if they are not stumble or digg your "stuffs"? Moreover, why add them if you are not even remotely like what they have on their profile? It is not fair for them, nor for you!
After adding friends back on Digg, I find myself digging for friends more than sites that I'm interested in to Digg. The thing is, I dugg their shouts, but mine went unnoticed! Thus, I had to "unfriend" with them just as well! I like to have my freedom to digg, and I like fair play!
Is it worth to add friends?
It is worth adding friends if the questions below serve you best:
- Do you mind receive pages and pages send to you everyday for stumble and review?
- Do they stumble and review your submissions?
- Are they as active as you are?
- Do they digg your shouts?
- Do you share anything in common?
- How much time do you have in a day to accommodate these tasks?
- Do you like the pages you Digg, or Stumble from your friends?
- Do you want to send your submission to your friends on SU, or shout your submission to your friends on Digg?
- What would you like to see: massive traffic to your submission, or make it to the Digg front page?
- Are you willing to put in that extra work or time to get the desired result?
I would rather have a fewer friends on my network that support each other, than hundred of friends who have nothing to do with one another!