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Popular, Dugg, and a Gnarly Vrowd

Today there was a glut of comments in my Google Reader subscription for What Can You Do With flickr? part of the session I did in October for the K12 Online Conference, so being always in need of some ego brushes, it was pretty cool to get a long string of them — did someone do a workshop or something, referring to it?

IN reading them, I found something else had happened– I was getting my 15 picoseconds of web fame! This flickr photo had been spotted in the popular regions of


with something like 200 taggings recorded. But why now?

Ahhh, for the first time, I got a serious Digg. I was Dugg. Been Dugged. How cool:


But oh, that crowd who comment in Digg is nasty! They hold no punches, not a very friendly scene.

just what I was thinking, what’s the point of posting this?

If this guy likes Flickr, he’s gonna **** himself when he discovers YouTube and Google Earth. Seriously, welcome to several years ago.


I thought everyone on Flickr knew about notes and tags.

There is this nifty button that you can click to bury lame posts as this

I just pulled the harsh ones, and there was some balance. But it’s a lesson that you need to not take this stuff personal out in these highly trafficked places, like the comments that spew down YouTube, etc.

This is a Digg Effect, and kind of interesting how these micro energy pockets emerge and fade.

I’m glad to have had my 15 and can safely retreat inside the doghouse to lick my wounds.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. Thanks for this Alan, I hadnt thought of this for teaching applications before, but now I can show students photos of body language with prompts about what might be inferred. So despite the smarting comments, this was useful for me.

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