Regular readers and close associates will know that I’m a bit of a blog purist. I don’t like the bluryness between genuine, unbiased conversation and marketing hype — particuarlly around word-of-mouth reccomendaiton.
I also don’t like people wanting to tone down ‘uncivil’ aspects of the blogosphere either.
But something that has recently got my goat is people putting links on their blogs posts for the readers to Digg their post.
An example of this can be seen on the latest post from No Soap, Radio – the otherwise really cool people behind 30 Boxes (new, also cool, online caladenda app). It’s an admitidly subtle “Digg It”, albeit in bold, link.
Maybe I’m just being a style nazi, but I find the blatent goading like this to be really vulgar.
And don’t even get me started on Socialable – a plugin for WordPress which adds iconic links to entice not only being ‘dugg’ but also get added to del.icio.us, Furl, Yahoo My Web, Reddit and more.