A Smorgasbord of Social Media: 3/28/2014


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Spring has sprung, however the weather keeps playing games with us. But we’re not here to play any games, so let’s jump right into these updates. Twitter: Now You Can Upload 4 Images & Tag Other Users In Twitter’s plan to become a little more like Facebook, it added a few features. Past updates have shown us that Twitter is moving towards a more photo-sharing friendly platform. Recently, it released features allowing for tagging as many as 10 other users in photos and uploading four photos in a single tweet. Furthermore, anyone can tag you in their photos. Twitter suggests reviewing your profile settings to adjust who can tag you. The biggest question users asked is, “Will tagging other users effect my character count?” The answer: No. Tagging will be separate from your character count! The biggest question marketers asked is, “How is this going to change my strategy?” In … Continue reading

A Smattering of SEO News: 3/26/14


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Where the heck did March go? I swear it was just starting, now here we are at the last Wednesday of the month! To finish the month out, we have a bevy of SEO news to share with you today, check it out!     Google News: Cutts: Determining Whether Your Site’s Ranking Is Penalized Is “Tricky” – In a recent Webmaster video, Matt Cutts answered the question as to how one could determine whether their low rankings are the result of a penalty or of other sites having better content. Cutts said determining that is tricky due to Google’s large number of algorithmic changes (well over 600 in 2012, according to Cutts), making it harder to determine whether smaller algorithm changes have an effect. He then said that when large changes are incoming, such as Penguin or Panda, Google usually makes an announcement and that might make it easier … Continue reading

A Smorgasbord of Social Media: 3/21/14


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Happy first weekend of spring! Before you rush out of the office today, sit back and enjoy this roundup of all things social!   WhatsApp: “We Will Not Collect Data… Yet” WhatsApp, the messaging app that Facebook recently bought for roughly $16 billion, has announced that they will not be collecting data. The company wrote a blog post Monday to address the issue of data sharing with its new owner, Facebook. Accusations that more data would be collected under the new ownership started surfacing soon after the acquisition. WhatsApp has made it very public that they do not store any of the content of your messages or your email address. What we do know is that this can change at any moment. Facebook is known for its ever-shifting privacy policy changes that could easily come to WhatsApp. Zuckerberg says they do plan to serve ads on the app, but not until the … Continue reading

A Smorgasbord of Social Media: 3/14/14


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Happy Pi Day everybody! Hopefully, you have an awesome boss that will let you leave at 3:14 pm today! If you are leaving that early, you don’t have much time. So let’s get down to business!   The Launch Of Facebook Auto-Playing Video Ads Everyone knew it was coming, but ‘when’ was the question. After the announcement that Facebook would have videos automatically start playing, the idea of ads doing the same came right with it. Now, the inevitable has finally arrived: auto-playing ads. These ads will work just like normal videos: they will automatically start playing as you scroll over them, and if you tap them, the ads will expand and un-mute. Facebook has released this feature to a select group of advertisers and will be rolling out content in the coming weeks. Zuckerberg has teamed up with companies to help measure the creative quality of the videos and … Continue reading

A Smattering of SEO News: 3/12/14


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Welcome to another installment of SEO news! Join me as we discuss some of the interesting changes for Google and Yahoo, and what it could mean for you!   Google News: • Sites With Long Histories Of Spam Might Never Recover In SERPs - Search Engine Watch contributor and Internet marketer, Marie Haynes, has a problem: One of her client’s websites – a payday loan company – has been penalized by Google, and she’s been trying for a long time to get the penalties removed through traditional methods. When she Tweeted Matt Cutts on the matter, Cutts said that if a client has a lot of spam over many years, it can be quite difficult to undo that damage in the eyes of Google. Fellow engineer, John Mueller, confirmed that such sites might never be able to dig themselves out of the hole they’re in, and might even need to consider starting over with a new domain. Cutts … Continue reading

A Smorgasbord of Social Media: 3/7/2014


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Welcome back to another week of A Smorgasbord of Social Media. We have some interesting news coming out of the social world that we’re excited to break down for you. Let’s dive right in.   New Regulations On Facebook Regarding Guns Sales Facebook and Instagram’s core beliefs have always revolved around helping people connect and communicate. In this large realm of connectivity, things like posting about a couch you have for sale has it’s own space. Even though the transaction doesn’t take place online, Facebook still solicits the transaction, and this is where tech giants run into some ethical issues. Specifically, we’re referring to private sales of firearms. This week, with the help of New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman (and other organizations), Facebook has taken a stand against using their social media platform for firearm sales. While these new platform changes will still make it possible for users to … Continue reading