I read somewhere that the oldest linkbait was the ten commandments.
I disagree, it's obviously Stonehenge.
Linkbait is just a word. As a word that describes something, it's pretty weak. But the thing is, it's all we got to roughly describe something.
Other people have come up with terms like "viral mediam marketing", yeah that really rolls off the tongue. But the unwashed masses have picked up the ball and are running with it.
Linkbait, however stupid a term is here to stay, it's now infiltrated the mainstream and is out of any one persons control.
The best thing to do is to try and educate, after all we are communicators right. I was sick of the term the second time I read it and yeah it's easy to get jaded with the how to make linkbait posts if you read a ton of SEO blogs like I do.
"Now the hype is over did anyone actually bother trying to get their story dugg etc?"
You mean you havn't noticed? Who says the hype is over? Nothing wrong with a bit of the hyperbole as long as you know what's really going on.