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Google Rolls Out Knowledge Graph to Make Search Results More 'Human'

Google Rolls Out Knowledge Graph to Make Search Results More 'Human' | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Today, Google announced the rollout of its Knowledge Graph, which will cause a big change to how results are delivered in the SERPs. Basically, the intent behind the Knowledge Graph is for search engines to think more like a human -- and deliver results that reflect that. It's gradually rolling out in the U.S. as we speak, but you might not see it for yourself quite yet. After the initial rollout is complete, Google will expand the Knowledge Graph to searches on mobile and tablet devices, then to languages other than English.


As Google puts it, Knowledge Graph, "taps into the collective intelligence of the web and understands the world a bit more like people do." Wait. What exactly does that mean? Let's take a deeper look at this rollout, and try to make things a little clearer!


What is Google's Knowledge Graph?


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Are Your Titles Irresistibly Click Worthy & Viral?!

Are Your Titles Irresistibly Click Worthy & Viral?! | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

In fact, the title makes often the difference if I read or not an article. We have so many sources of information that it has become impossible to read them all. That's why I think that this post is an important article that you should read too. [note Martin Gysler]


The 80/20 Value of Titles


Recently, Rand did one of the best Whiteboard Fridays I've seen in a while (I do watch all of them) about increasing the likelihood of your content going viral. He touches briefly upon the importance of your title for click through rate and sharability, but in this post I'd like to take a more in depth look at titles and how they help spread your content. (By the way, this is my first YouMoz - woohoo!)


In my opinion, the elements of writing click worthy titles deserve more attention. In the wonderful marketing book "Made To Stick", the Heath brothers note that any good news or editorial writer may spend 80% of their time crafting the title (or "lead") and then whatever time they have left on the body of the content.


For those familiar with 80/20, what this means is, the size of the title compared to the actual content (and time spent crafting it) disproportionately affects the success of that content. It's one small piece of text with a lot power!


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The State of Social Media and Social Media Marketing in 2012

Social media is a source of endless discussion. With the advent of new tools and / or platforms every day, keep up has become a challenge. But some among the many are the undisputed leaders and decide largely on what will be the future. This slide presentation may give us interesting information on the trends and what might we expect in 2012 and beyond. [note Martin Gysler]


Social networking is the #1 activity online. Even though Google gets the most visitors, Facebook is where most of us are spending our time. And it’s not just about Facebook anymore. We are spending a lot of time on LinkedIn, YouTube, Tumblr and Twitter. While there are some clear major players in the social space, the social media universe continues to expand and 2011 was a banner year for the idea of an "Interest Graph."


In 2011, we saw Google launching Google+ and Pinterest grewing at an astounding rate. Facebook launched "Timeline" and "frictionless sharing" with partners like the much anticipated Spotify. Facebook also acquired design companies and the team behind Gowalla, showing the company’s intent to provide a consistent experience across devices and becoming a more prominent player in the mobile space.


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How Millionaires Approach Social Media

How Millionaires Approach Social Media | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

I’ve interviewed over 50 business owners who have a million-dollar net worth or more. As a blogger and podcaster I am always so curious as to how they use social media in their businesses.


If I were to generalize, most of the millionaires I interview use social media, or at least have someone in their company use it. But they are very clear on what it can and cannot do for them.


Social media is just the newest marketing avenue, just like cold calling, direct mail or networking. Social media helps you find people who might need you, and provides a way to introduce yourself. It also helps others find and recommend you. The easy-to-share aspects of social media make it hard for a business to ignore.


Here are a few tips, straight from millionaires, themselves on how they handle their social media.


Get clear on what you want out of social media...


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#SocialMedia Tools #Oprah Style Favorite Things: Prepare To Scream Like a Girl

#SocialMedia Tools #Oprah Style Favorite Things: Prepare To Scream Like a Girl | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Social Media is evolving every day, or maybe even every minute of every day. It seems that new platforms are popping up all the time, so much so that it can actually be a tad overwhelming to say the least. I find that I am constantly tweaking the platforms that I use and honestly it has been an ongoing process. However I am so excited to say that I have found an amazing cocktail of social media tools recently that has really been working wonderfully for me.


Traditional Social Media allows an amazing avenue to share content. I consider it the vehicle to drive the content and can be a powerful thing if used properly. These channels are used to drive content based on particular demographics and I use each channel differently. The cocktail that I have compiled of traditional social media and the following channels has created the ultimate rocking social media tool kit for me!...

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It's my pleasure Anise, when the content is great it must be shared :-). Happy weekend. Martin
Fiona McCallion's comment, January 7, 2012 10:27 AM
Thanks for this, Martin - your scoop.its are always interesting and informative.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 8, 2012 5:19 AM
Hi Fiona! I'm glad you like my scoop.it :-) Happy Sunday!
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5 Golden Links for Link Building and Beyond | Outspoken Media

5 Golden Links for Link Building and Beyond | Outspoken Media | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

We’re almost halfway through our 12 Days of Christmas—er, SEO—and I want use my day to talk about five golden link finds that can help your link development efforts. I know, I know, we do a link-up post each month, but this a different kind of list.

 

Golden Link #1

http://mentionmapp.com

Mentionmapp is a simple tool to help you discover groups of people that Twitter users connect with the most. Simple: Enter a Twitter handle and watch a map of connections appear. Thicker lines indicate more interactions and recent mention between individuals...

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Your “How-To” Post Will Fail If You Don’t Use These Techniques

Your “How-To” Post Will Fail If You Don’t Use These Techniques | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Gone are the days when you could write a simple “how-to” blog post and rank in the top search results. Why is that? Two very good reasons.

 

First, all of the general and highly-competitive posts like “how-to blog” or “how-to find a roommate” are already written.

 

The other reason is Google Panda. Remember Google’s update this past year that took down a lot of the content farms? That algorithm was designed to penalize short and shallow articles and reward high-quality content.

 

Now, I’ve got good news and bad news for you.

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7 Tips To Maximize Shares of Your Facebook Posts

7 Tips To Maximize Shares of Your Facebook Posts | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Facebook recently changed the way users interact with content on fan pages: any user, including non-fans, can now post on fan page walls and like/comment/share fan page content. In other words, a Facebook user does not have to first like your fan page before they can interact with your content. This is a good thing!

 

Since this change, the emphasis has shifted slightly from gaining more likes (fans) to increasing the number of shares on each piece of content. When you craft your fan page updates in a manner that naturally inspires fans and their friends and visitors to your page to share with their networks, you set in motion ripples of viral visibility. Basically, free additional exposure...

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Thanks again! Great scoops everyday.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 14, 2011 3:18 PM
You're welcome John! I'm glad that you like my scoops and that they are useful for you. Cheers! Martin
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Social Media Blogger Warnings

Social Media Blogger Warnings | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

This tongue-in-cheek post is about social media blogger “Pain in the Neck” warnings and not about digital identity or what I have done so far to grow my blog traffic like you probably expected.

 

~If English is not your first language, tongue-in-cheek means “not serious” or “in humor”.~

 

Unnecessary Social Media Blogger “Pain in the Neck” Warnings I Could Have Used…

 

Fellow social media blogger, you probably already know that blogging is hard to do WELL when we fell “UNWELL”. Creativity is hard when we are in pain. Not impossible, I know a few bloggers who live in chronic pain. But for pain wimps like myself, it is certainly the un-preferred way to blog. Some injuries seem to lead to chronic pain, like back injuries or neck injuries. Hence, some pain in the neck warnings...

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How to Know Which Plugins are Killing Your Site’s Performance

How to Know Which Plugins are Killing Your Site’s Performance | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

You know the situation: your site’s been slowing down for a while, but you just can’t put your finger on why. Then you get a tweet, an email, or a comment on your Facebook page mentioning it. Even worse, you see someone talking about your site in your niche’s main online forum—they’re not impressed with your sites performance.


What was once an amazingly quick-loading site has slowed and slowed to a crawl. Your visitors are growing unhappy and may even be starting to look for alternative sites. To be honest, who could blame them for wanting to seek out someone else that serves their needs better, in less time?

 

What makes things worse is that you’re not really a geek or a tech-head and you don’t know what to do about it...

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The Checklist All Facebook Pages Absolutely Must Have

The Checklist All Facebook Pages Absolutely Must Have | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
There's so many things to consider when creating a page on Facebook that it's easy to overlook something. But we've got just the thing to help you stay on top of it all: A checklist.

 

Creating a successful Facebook page requires more than just a few clicks. There’s so many things to consider, it’s difficult to stay on top of it all. But we’ve got just the thing for you: A checklist. Print it out or save it on your computer so you can check off tasks once you’ve completed them.

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Natural Evolution of a Web Community (& how to beat it)

Natural Evolution of a Web Community (& how to beat it) | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
The typical evolution of a Web community looks and sounds a little something like this:

 

Stage 1: I love dogs! OMG, do I love dogs! If only there was a Web community to connect with others who love dogs.

Stage 2: Must. Get. Word out about my new dog community. Must host many constructive/ intelligent conversations, unlike those OTHER sites about dogs where users just howl and whine. We will be different. TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Send everyone!
Stage 3: Dude, people are joining! Operation: Let’s Talk About Dogs is becoming a success! I am so smart! Floodgates open!
Stage 4: People really are talking about dogs! They love dogs! They love my site! Community rules!
Stage 5: People are talking about EVERYTHING, not just dogs! YEY! Harmony! Bliss! UNICORN FAIRY!...

 

Don’t let the Internet win...

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Why You Need a Month-By-Month Blog Growth Action Plan — Think Traffic

Why You Need a Month-By-Month Blog Growth Action Plan — Think Traffic | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Are you satisfied with your blog’s growth, month after month? If you are, then great – see you later.

 

But if you aren’t, I’ve got a second question for you: Do you have a month-by-month plan for growth?

 

Most people don’t, but they should. After all, as they say, failing to plan is planning to fail.

 

In this article you’ll see how easy it is to set up a monthly action plan and how important it can be for long-term success.

 

Why People Don’t Plan

If you don’t have a month-by-month plan, then don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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10 Content Marketing Goals Worth Pursuing

10 Content Marketing Goals Worth Pursuing | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Content is the new buzzword, but content alone has no magical powers. It won't transform your business or get you where you need to go ... until you add one thing... Which? It's what you'll find in this excellent post with ten goals to follow! [note Martin Gysler]


Ever wonder why content marketing works so well for some businesses … and doesn’t seem to do anything at all for others?


Curious about why some content that seems great doesn’t do anything to build the business?


“Content is king” has been an online cliché for years now, but it’s not true. It’s never been true.


Content all by itself — even terrific content — is just content.


It may be entertaining. It may be educational. It may contain the secret to world peace and fresh, minty breath, all rolled into one.


But it has no magical powers. It won’t transform your business or get you where you need to go, until you add one thing …


Content marketing is a meaningless exercise without business goals.


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The Ultimate News Resource Guide to Social Marketing: 55 Top Marketing, Technology and Social Media News, Analysis and Trends Resources

The Ultimate News Resource Guide to Social Marketing: 55 Top Marketing, Technology and Social Media News, Analysis and Trends Resources | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
Brief description of top sources named from Awareness, Inc.eBook on Social Marketing in 2012.


As we embark on 2012, the team at Awareness, Inc. consulted with the best and the brightest in marketing, strategy, technology, business and social media to help us identify the top news, analysis and trends resources for social marketing and social technology.


Our industry is among the most dynamic, with many voices reporting, analyzing and advising on social technology, social media developments, successes, and best practices.


To help you navigate the active social news space, we compiled this Ultimate Guide to the Top Marketing, Technology and Social Media Resources. This guide aggregates resources quoted by leading strategists such as David Meerman Scott, Brian Solis, Erik Qualman, Jason Falls, and Jay Bear, top analysts and influencers Jeremiah Owyang, Debi Kleiman, Laura Fitton, David Berkowitz, brand leaders such as Ekaterina Walter, Michael Pace, and Pam Johnston, and agency visionaries Steve Rubel, Mike Troiano, and Jonas Klit Nielsen in our free report on 2012 Social Marketing and New Media Predictions, to name just a few.


Read more: http://www.socialnomics.net/2012/01/03/the-ultimate-news-resource-guide-to-social-marketing-55-top-marketing-technology-and-social-media-news-analysis-and-trends-resources/

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Hey, Do you know about the challenge of SEO here in Brazil. The distpute is fierce for the term "katipsoi zunontee". http://www.renatoxavier.com/katipsoi-zunontee It is in Portuguese but you can use the translate.
Martin Gysler's comment, January 26, 2012 12:51 PM
Thank you for your information Tom!
Martin Gysler's comment, January 26, 2012 12:52 PM
Thank you for the information Renato, I'll check out the website.
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Gamification: Motivation and Engagement

Gamification: Motivation and Engagement | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

What’s Game Good For?


Before we can talk about applying game mechanics to anything, we need to understand what a game actually us. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a game as “a form or spell of play or sport, esp. a competitive one played according to rules and decided by skill, strength or luck.”


That’s pretty hard to digest as a something you can say to a decision maker! However, if we break it down further we can start to get at some core ideas that should help. Play and sport are all activities or tasks. Played is not a strong word in the corporate world. It conjures images of nerds playing quake after hours on the corporate network. So instead, how about we use completed.


Rules Can Be Starting Points

Next, rules. We all have rules, but it is not something you hear people talking about in businesses. Instead, we could say parameters or guidelines. All projects have parameters or guidelines...


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Martin Gysler's comment, January 26, 2012 1:00 PM
As I said, I'll check out the website, thank you Renato!
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Thanks, everyone, for rescooping my guest blogger's article. We have over 1,500 pageviews, much thanks to YOU all! By the way, see osakabentures.com, let me know if you'f like to guest post, with instant Google Search conection and link to your own blog/profile. @osakasaul
Martin Gysler's comment, January 27, 2012 5:18 AM
You're welcome Saul!
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Content Scrapers – How to Find Out Who is Stealing Your Content & What to Do About It

Content Scrapers – How to Find Out Who is Stealing Your Content & What to Do About It | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

If you have been blogging for a while, chances are you are familiar with content scrapers. Content scrapers are websites that steal your content for their own blogs without your permission. Some content scrapers will just copy the content off of your blog, but most use automated software that takes the content from your RSS feed and posts your content to their site like it is a new post.


In this post, we are going to look at some potential link building benefits to content scrapers, how to find out what sites are scraping your content, and what you can do if you want to either benefit from the linking standpoint or have them take it down.


Linking Benefits of Content Scrapers


Last week, I was happy to see that I was listed in ProBlogger’s 20 Bloggers to Watch in 2012. Within 24 hours, I received a notification in my WordPress dashboard that a page on my blog had been linked to in the post on ProBlogger’s site.


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10 Key Facts, Stats and Findings about the State of Social Media in 2011

10 Key Facts, Stats and Findings about the State of Social Media in 2011 | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Social media has evolved rapidly and we have seen the emergence of social networks that 12 months ago did not exist.


Some surprises this year included the launch of Google+ (which acquired 25 million users in less than 30 days), Pinterest which grew at more than 512% and Tumblr (the microblogging platform) which is now approaching 50 million unique users a month

 

Mobile social networking and geo-location services such as Foursquare continue to make their impact felt and have not gone away despite the threat of Facebook “places”

 

Today 1.2 billion people worldwide access social networks and it is redefining the web...

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40 Essential SEO Terms Marketers Should Know: a Glossary

40 Essential SEO Terms Marketers Should Know: a Glossary | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Do you want to optimize your website but have trouble communicating with the technical folks running it? Jargon alone shouldn't stop you from making your site the powerful marketing tool it can be.

 

This is a list of the 40 most essential search engine optimization (SEO) terms to help marketers communicate with developers and understand how to optimize their websites.

 

40 SEO Terms You Must Know!

 

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301 Redirect – A way to make one web page redirect the visitor to another page. Whenever you change the web address of a page, apply a 301 redirect to make the old address point to the new one. This ensures that people who have linked to or bookmarked the old address will automatically get to the new one, and search engines can update their index...

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A User's Guide to Facebook's New Timeline Feature | Entrepreneur.com

A User's Guide to Facebook's New Timeline Feature | Entrepreneur.com | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it
As Facebook begins rolling out its much-anticipated user interface, Timeline, now's the time to get to know what's so different about it -- and how to use it.

 

The Timeline interface, which will eventually replace the existing one for all personal Facebook profiles, is your Wall and Profile rolled into one with additional tools for documenting your life -- from the day you were born to the here and now. You can add a cover image at the top of your Timeline, add life events such as your high school graduation or your summer vacations, map places you've been, list pets you've owned, document relationships you started or ended and much more...

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Freshness Factor: 10 Illustrations on How Fresh Content Can Influence Rankings

Freshness Factor: 10 Illustrations on How Fresh Content Can Influence Rankings | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

In 2003, engineers at Google filed a patent that would rock the SEO world. Named Document Scoring Based on Document Content Update, the patent not only offered insight into the mind of the world’s largest search engine, but provided an accurate roadmap of the path Google would take for years to come.

 

In his series on the 10 most important search patents of all time, Bill Slawski shows how this patent spawned many child patents. These are often near-duplicate patents with slightly modified passages – the latest discovered as recently as October 2011. Many of the algorithmic changes we see today are simply improvements of these original ideas conceived years ago by Google engineers...

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Content Curation Tools: 5 Different Approaches

Content Curation Tools: 5 Different Approaches | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

According to the Romain Goday, there are five distinct approaches to content curation. They are: 

 

1. The Expert Approach: Curators
A way to obtain relevant information with a reduced level of effort is to rely on experts. 

 

2. The Crowd Approach: Popularity
Most content curation tools use a series of algorithms to determine which content is popular and make it more visible to users. 

 

3. The User Behavior Approach: Personalization
Content personalization involves using technology to accommodate the different information needs between individuals. It surfaces content that is assumed to be more relevant for a specific user. 

 

4. The Relationships Approach: Social Graph

The social graph is an increasingly used approach to curate information. 

 

5. The Patterns Approach: Emergence
This approach consists of representing the emergence of content over the Web.

 

And for each one it provides an in-depth description, pros and cons as well as example of real tools utilizing that approach.

 

He concludes with a simple but insightful point:

 "Most of those approaches are combined by content curation tools in an attempt to increase information relevance for the users. 

Tools cannot effectively understand the context of the user.

So the challenge is to reduce the noise without filtering information that could be valuable for the user.

 

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janlgordon's comment, December 8, 2011 1:27 AM
This is a great piece Robin!
Martin Gysler's comment, December 8, 2011 4:09 AM
A great post!
Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, December 8, 2011 4:11 AM
thank you Martin!
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Direct From Google: How To Build A Quality Website In 2012

Direct From Google: How To Build A Quality Website In 2012 | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

I hear a lot of webmasters complain day in and day out about all the changes that Google constantly makes to its algorithm and how they affect our search engine placement.

 

Let me break it to you: it’s not all about what Google has done and will do to update its algorithm.

 

It’s about what you SHOULD BE doing.

 

I am sure we all can agree that Google’s ultimate goal is to help people find the most relevant and highest quality sites in Google’s search results (whether they are any good at it is not the question). They are not putting out all these updates just to mess with you...

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Martin Gysler's comment, December 7, 2011 2:20 PM
Thanks, I'm glad, that you like it! The RSS plugin works also on wordpress.com? I have tried to install some plugins several months ago but without success... ;-( Yes, I posted it manually to test Billboards.
Tom George's comment, December 7, 2011 3:01 PM
No worries Martin perhaps I can eventually set us an RSS myself to import your feed, but for now you can always post occasionally when you like curation is very quick, and also feel free to submit any articles you write as a guest post.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 7, 2011 6:41 PM
OK, thank you Tom. I will do so during the next few weeks and then we can decide how we will proceed. A great day.
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7 Unwritten Rules Of Social Media

7 Unwritten Rules Of Social Media | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

Social media seems easy especially because the barrier to entry is low. You can be up and running on any social media platform in minutes, and usually for free. In reality, social media is hard for exactly the same reason. When the barrier to entry is low, the barrier to attention is high.

 

The fundamental path to succeeding with social media is to consistently contribute meaningfully—engaging with you should make the lives of those engaging more meaningful. The bonus would be to achieve this without adding costs to the others.

As you think through your social media strategy, here are seven unwritten rules of social media...

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Google+ Ripples: The promise of shared intelligence

Google+ Ripples: The promise of shared intelligence | SOCIAL MEDIA, what we think about! | Scoop.it

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.

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