Deals.Woot Hits Milestone with 100,000th Deal

Woot’s web 2.0 style deal site, Deals.woot.com, hit a major milestone this month, reaching 100,000 posted deals.deals.woot logo

Check out the celebration post and get some stats here.

Wondering what the big deal was?

100,000th Deals.woot Deal

Deep Future: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth for $14.46 – A recently published book about the future of our planet by Carl Stager

Congratulations to the Deals.Woot team on hitting this milestone and congrats to Deals.Woot superuser heymo for posting that very appropriate deal!

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Friday March 4th is the first annual DSUNFSJB Day!

Born from the boredom and creativity of the deals.woot community combined with my love of made up holidays and a need to create an unforgivably long domain name, Friday March 4th marks the first annual Do Something Unexpectedly Nice For Someone Just Because Day.

The name speaks for itself so the website doesn’t have to, freeing me up to have a little extra fun. I hope you will enjoy it and I hope you will try to do something unexpectedly nice on Friday well!

http://www.dosomethingunexpectedlyniceforsomeonejustbecauseday.info

March forth on March fourth and do good things!



Watch the 2011 Superbowl ads on your iPhone or iPad

USA Today

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Maybe you’re like me and didn’t see the Superbowl this year but still would like to be part of the conversations tomorrow? Well, everyone knows that the post Superbowl conversation breaks down into 3 major categories:

10% – The Game
15% – The half-time show
75% – The commercials

Want to join in on the conversation? You can surf on over to USA today’s site and catch up on all 60 of the Superbowl ads on your smartphone or tablet and see what everyone is talking about. The ads are listed in popularity order by default so you can even be sure that you see the best ads first if you have limited time, use the two finger scroll method to move down the list.

If you ever wonder why Superbowl advertising is so expensive, look no further – I just actively sought out something that i normally go to great pains to avoid. Happy watching!

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Deals.Woot Activity Explodes From New Enhancement

Activity on Woot‘s deal aggregation site Deals.woot.com has exploded over the past week, what lit the fuse?  A new reputation system that is clear, easy to understand, and gives users hints on actions that they can take to increase their reputation.

Deals.Woot Top Reputation Leaderboard

Deals.Woot Top Reputation Leaderboard

This was a much needed to boost to traffic and user activity, more than making up for the brutal attack on the site’s most active users a few months ago.   Segregation of the site’s more social area and excessive, at times stalking and shockingly personal, moderation of users caused many of the sites most active users to fade into the shadows or abandon the site altogether.

These changes to the reputation system have been in the works for quite a while, but the deals.woot programming team used the time well and the enhancements have been well received.

The new Deals.Woot Reputation Dashboard

Deals.Woot Reputation Dashboard

The new dashboard is the center-piece of the changes, it details how the users rank in all the categories of activities that earn reputation.   It also provides useful hints that inform users what they can do if they want to increase their reputation.

Some activity is bound to drop off after some of the novelty wears off, but this change has made a real difference in getting the users more involved and has given the site a much needed shot of energy.

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A Year Without Posts, Now What?

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What do you do when things get busy and your creative energies are being focused elsewhere? You cut back on things that aren’t as important or as interesting. I cut back on my online reading and playing with new start-ups – and, well here we are 1 year to the day and no posts. Maybe you are in the same boat as me? You like having a site and like that you’ve written some things that people still find useful, and have a few things you’d still like to write about?

What can you do to breathe a little life back into your site?

  • Set the bar LOW: Once a month is a crappy goal when you were cranking out 5 posts a week, but better than once a year!
  • Set a specific day: Put it on your calender, think about your post during your commute, type some notes on your break at work, have lunch at somewhere with wi-fi and crank out that post.
  • Get a buddy: Know someone else that is still posting away or even that isn’t and wants to get back to it? Have lunch with them and talk about posting or even write together
  • Reward yourself: Pick something small as a reward for yourself when you finish a post

I’m sure that there are a number of other things that people have done to get the ball rolling again and if anyone is still out there that has succeeded I’d love to hear about it.

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