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Phishers are actively trolling the Internet trying to trick users into giving up their OpenID-based log-in credentials to popular social networking sites.
Scammers have launched a campaign preying on users of OpenID in an attempt to steal log-in credentials, according to Barracuda Labs.
Read more and be aware!!!
Via Gust MEES
We believe technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don't.
A team within our Google[x] group started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment.
Follow along with us at http://g.co/projectglass as we share some of our ideas and stories. We'd love to hear yours, too. What would you like to see from Project Glass?
Via Sakis Koukouvis
This piece is from Martin Geysler's collection - Social Media What We Think About it.
If you subscribe to a lot of blogs and invest time in sharing useful content with your audience this workflow will help you streamline your process.
One of the most powerful dynamics of social media is the democratization of information. The more you can read, learn and share, the more value you should be able to extract from various digital channels.
Tapping into Web 2.0 to stay educated and informed is a labour intensive proposition.
**The tools are free but your time comes at a cost, so the more efficiently you can mange the process the better.
**If you subscribe to a lot of blogs (and other RSS feeds) and invest time in sharing useful content with your audience this workflow will help you streamline the process.
Before getting started there is one important caveat I need to mention.
**This is a broadcast tactic that will help you become more efficient at scheduling and sharing information. It’s one small piece of digital communication puzzle.
**To get the most out of social media you need to make connections and build relationships by engaging in real time. Enough said, let’s proceed.
Via Martin Gysler, janlgordon
"Google Earth was one of the very first pieces of software that I began to create educational resources with. As I put it in one of my first ever blog posts 5 years ago: ”This app won me over straight away.” The engaging environment really struck a chord with me and I remember fondly my first forays into using it to support learning. It has developed so much over the years...."
Via Anne Whaits, Smaragda Papadopoulou, Gust MEES, Antonios Bouris
Today we’re pleased to announce a goodie basket full of Google+ features and functionality for you to unpack and enjoy over the holidays. Some of these were on nearly everyone’s wishlist... and some we hope will be welcome surprises. These features will be rolling out over the next couple of days, and we hope you’ll find them useful this holiday season and beyond.
- Pump up (or down) the volume!
- More useful and attractive notifications
- Improvements to Google+ Pages
- A more beautiful and usable photos experience
Via The New Company, Matmi
One of the best ways to plan for online success in the coming year is too look back at many of the algorithm changes that Google has made and the effects they will have on blogging in 2012. This year has seen well over 500 algorithm modifications, primarily coming from the Panda and Freshness updates. During this period of time, Matt Cutts and fellow Google folk did their best to help a lot of webmasters understand the implications of the various patches and updates that they have uploaded.
But quite frankly, many small internet marketers and niche websites got hit pretty badly. After Google’s Panda updates were first applied, many bloggers lost thousands of visitors per month and often dropped out of first page results that had netted them steady organic traffic. This is not something you want to be caught up in again, so make sure your blog is getting the time and effort it needs to boast user worthy content and see increased traffic from Google next year.
Via Martin Gysler
Recently we have had two blog posts about Google+: 4 things to know about Google+, and Google+ brand pages: Why SEO is dead.
Now, let’s talk about Google+ Ripples, the first set of metrics from Google about Google+. It’s not enough, of course, but still worth parsing for its hints at what is to come from Google, and offers users relevant information about the use of circles, Google+ influence, and how data is spread.
Via Martin Gysler, Gianto Widianto
From Google's official announcement: "Today we're excited to launch Hangouts On Air to Google+ users worldwide.
With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to: Broadcast publicly. By checking "Enable Hangouts On Air," you can broadcast your live hangout—from the Google+ stream, to your YouTube channel or your website—to the entire world.
See how many viewers you’ve got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
Record and re-share. Once you're off the air, we’ll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it's easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it's over.
Of course, launching millions of live stations takes some doing, so we're rolling out Hangouts On Air gradually, over the next few weeks."
Some very good news, that many of us in education been waiting on for quite a while. Having facility to combine video conferencing with broadcasting and publishing will really extend what is possible in collaborative learning spaces for schools, colleges and educational projects around the world.
Official announcement: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/google-hangouts-on-air-broadcast-your.html ;
Find out more: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/onair.
Via Robin Good, theo kuechel, Heiko Idensen
Internet users from countries with a higher per capita gross domestic product (GDP) are more likely to search for information about the future than information about the past, a quantitative analysis of Google search queries has shown.
Via Sakis Koukouvis
"Google has confirmed reports of a Panda update with us.
[Google] told us they have done a data refresh of the Google Panda algorithm about a week ago, and added that there were no additional signals or algorithm changes. This was only a data refresh.
I saw reports over the past week or so of webmasters commenting about their rankings. Most were complaining that they lost rankings, but some said sites that were originally hit by Panda regained their traffic levels pre-Panda. This would explain the data refresh, where Google ran the algorithm and updated the sites that should or should not have been touched by Panda."
Read the full article: http://searchengineland.com/google-panda-3-2-update-confirmed-109321
(thanks to Giuseppe Mauriello)
Via Robin Good
Google has officially revealed its interactive video-discovery tool ‘YouTube Slam’ that arbitrarily spits out two videos at a time for one-on-one battles. In this public voting is enabled which determines the winner out of the two videos.
Via Tiaan Jonker
There are some amazing tools available on-line for use by business owners everywhere, and a vast number of these contribute towards increased productivity and best of all, are free to use in a business context.
One of the biggest and best providers of on-line business tools is Google, and whilst this is well known in the business community, what is less well known is the sheer range of products that they have made available free of charge, for the business community to utilise at will.
This excellent article identifies 30 of Google's most useful products, provides a short description of each, and suggests that you consider using these in your day to day business activities.
Via Martin Gysler, Daniel Watson