Pikk.com Fuels Debate with Social News Polling

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Hoover Blanket Inc. launches Pikk.com today- a new twist on social news polling.

Pikk.com launches today

Instead of a simple "thumbs up, thumbs down" popularity contest, Pikk.com reveals underlying trends with provocative voting choices

Hoover Blanket, Inc. today officially launches Pikk.com (http://www.pikk.com), a new way to cultivate discussion and debate through link sharing and voting. Pikk invites story submitters to provide their own spin on what they read, but unlike competitors, such as Digg and Mixx, Pikk utilizes free-form voting pairs. Instead of a simple "thumbs up, thumbs down" popularity contest, Pikk.com reveals underlying trends with provocative voting choices, like "thrive or fail", "hero or jerk" or "believe or doubt".

Bloggers and publishers can use Pikk to drive traffic to their sites by embedding polls in their web pages, while gaining a direct measure of reader reaction. The most voted and commented on stories make the front page at Pikk.com, so interesting stories naturally rise to the top.

There is also search and topical keyword-cloud navigation to allow branching off from a single story, or users can browse voting patterns, degrees of contention and more. Users can view the most disputed stories or landslide one-sided stories, for example.

Pikk aims to provide a home where bloggers and other opinion makers are free to ask the questions that everyone else is missing - where their take on the stories in the news and the votes they receive can be easily followed by their readership.

Readers can start at Pikk.com to find interesting content, and then can share their votes and favorite stories with their friends or bloggers they like. Friends can send messages back and forth to each other and discuss how they voted on different stories, and can nudge each other to vote on stories of interest.

Anyone can submit a story on Pikk.com. There are also useful utilities available, including a tool bar add-in to allow users to easily submit stories from their web browser, and plug-ins and badges to add polling and sharing to content provider sites.

Inquiries can be directed to Rick Harrington at (585) 507-0018

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