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While doing my daily rounds of email checking I had noticed a new icon in the top of my Google navigation bar. The new icon, a square with a plus in it, can be clicked to open a pop-up that will allow you to quickly post or share something onto Google+.
You have the same full capability as you would on the full Google+ site – allowing you to share photos, links, events, and polls. The new icon appears across all Google services such as Gmail, Drive, Photos, Maps, and even the Google Chrome start page.
There’s a new share button in town and this time around it’s from a social network you’ve probably never actually used. Chances are unless you’re working in a truly enterprise environment in a company with thousands of employees – you’re probably not using Yammer – Microsoft’s Enterprise Social Network. However various organizations are using Yammer – and as such Microsoft has announced the launch of the Yammer Share Button, a new way for you to share web content with your Yammer networks.
See How It Works:
You can grab the code here to embed the button into your Yammer social network. Furthermore feel free to use the button I have embedded within this post to test it out for yourself and see how it functions.
Late last night Twitter announced Audio Cards – a new addition to your Twitter stream which allows you to listen to music and podcasts directly from your stream on iOS and Android devices. Furthermore when you so happen to find something that you like you can dock it and continue browsing Twitter while it plays in the background.
Apart from the convenience of this – this is a great new bit of news for the tech savvy business owner. Let’s say you own a restaurant which has a live band/live music. You can, and should, record the show for SoundCloud, and then tweet it out to all your followers who can now use the new twitter audio cards to listen to the show. You’re getting more interactions and exposure on social media; and you’re followers are enjoying the music.
The same applies to recording artists and musicians of all levels. You’re followers can now listen to your music that much easier – and new followers can quickly determine if they’re fans or not.
Currently Twitter is partnered with SoundCloud and iTunes for audio cards.
— NASA (@NASA) October 16, 2014
It’s been a rather confusing time for those of you following the Twitpic heartline awaiting news of its new acquisition or closure. Unfortunately it turn out the acquisition didn’t happen – and as such Twitpic is in-fact closing. And it’s closing fast. In-fact the final day for Twitpic is October 25th, 2014 – 9 days away. Company founder Noah Everett used the Twitpic blog to break the news, explaining that the photos and video sharing service will shut up shop in a week’s time.
It's with a heavy heart that we re-announce that Twitpic will be shutting down again. More details on our blog http://t.co/LCH7ZTQJHe
— TwitPic (@TwitPic) October 16, 2014
I’ve always said it. People like counters. The ability to see how many times somebody has viewed their website, photo, or video has always been interesting to everyone. That was the concept that fueled the creation of the free counter service here, and some part of what caused Facebook to introduce counters to shared videos.
A significantly larger part was the sheer popularity that Facebook videos have received. I’ll quote directly from the blog posts:
Growth in video views exceeded 50% from May through July of this year, and since June there has been an average of more than 1 billion video views on Facebook every day.
That being said it made sense to improve upon Facebook videos – and this is far from the first update Facebook has made. Over this past year Facebook has introduced auto-playing to videos, and changed the ranking algorithm targeting videos. Then there’s publisher tools such as Call to Action which Facebook has made available to further enhance their support for videos.
Keep an eye out for the update which is rolling out this week, and in the end will display how many views public videos from people and Pages on Facebook have received. Facebook has released an FAQ listing which will surely be updated once this update has rolled out to everyone.
Its been a quiet weekend here at the Rapid Purple blog as we all celebrated Labor Day – however with that said these past few days have also been extremely busy in the tech world. For starters Twitter announced the launch of Twitter analytics for all Twitter users. Something that was previously reserved for advertisers or verified accounts only.
Access to Twitter Analytics is huge for both businesses and the average Twitter user. Twitter Analytics offers you the ability to see how many people view individual tweets and how many engaged with them. Granted it’s not the most in-depth analytical breakdown – but it does give you a fair amount of useful information about your Twitter audience.
A dashboard shows not only how many tweets have been favorited, how many have been replied to, how many have been retweeted, and how many tweeted links have been clicked, but also how this compares to the previous month. If you have time on your hands, you can scroll back through your entire timeline to check the performance of individual posts, but sadly there’s no search or filter function. There are also some interesting breakdowns of follower details which could eliminate the need for third party follower tracking tools to help determine your audiences demographic.
To boot you can export all the data with the click of a button into a neat CSV file, import that into Excel and make your own graphs. No need to sign-up anywhere either. Simply head on over to https://analytics.twitter.com and enjoy!
Social signals as we know them have been all the rage in the SEO sphere in the past couple of years. In fact ever since Danny Sullivan first wrote a thought-provoking article on social signals and their impact on SEO way back in December of 2010 social signals have been at the tip of every webmasters tongue. Since then, social signals have continued to grow in importance – with Matt Cutts making a stand to point out their importance.
With that in mind we have developed the Social Signals Checker tool to allow you to quickly and easily find all of the social signals for a specific URL. Enjoy!
Digg once was one of the top ranked sites when it came to finding the latest and greatest stories and news. Over the past few years things have been a bit quiet at Digg, however the company has recently started working hard on resurrecting themselves – starting with the launch of the Digg Reader, an RSS reader aimed at replacing Google Reader.
Now Digg has launched a brand new Video section, stating “we’re proud to announce that we’ve launched Digg Video, a section of Digg solely dedicated to collecting and promoting the best and most interesting video content on the Internet. It’s the Digg you already know and love, just in video form“.
Facebook is always hard at work at making sure their advertisers are making the best use of their platform – and their recent announcement let us know about some great new features that small business owners are sure to fall in love with. I have long been a fan of Facebook advertising. In-fact I had written about the benefits of it; and how you can turn a profit from Facebook advertising. Fact is that Facebook offers you an amazing platform to interact with your customers and really reach out to them. And now, making those ads is even easier since you now have access to millions of stock photos that are commercially licensed and available for all Facebook ad formats at no additional cost!
High-quality, engaging photos often increase the performance of ads, particularly in News Feed. And now, through our collaboration with Shutterstock, it will be easier for businesses to integrate beautiful photography into their Facebook ads.
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