Yesterday, Google's head of web spam, Matt Cutts, published a video on the GoogleWebmasterHelp YouTube channel called "How does Google search work?" Can we expect to see the same from Yahoo or Microsoft?
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Introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.
An open (?) - an alternative to Apple's iCloud. Will be definitely giving this a spin.
There is a massive demand for location-based mobile services worldwide, according to the findings of a new TNS report. The TNS survey — which gauges the interests and activity of 48,000 mobile users from across 58 countries worldwide — found that, while 62 percent of phone owners want location services, 19 percent already use the feature and associated services.
This would seem to be the natural progression from the fact that there are now more mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) being sold than PCs, and something that the early movers, such as FourSquare were quick to latch into. Even the humble SatNav is now proving many more value-added services than just navigation , e.g. where to find an available partking space. I'm sure we're going to see a few more entrepeneurs in this space over the coming months.
I've been following Dion Hinchliffe for some time. If ever you wanted to get the inside track on what Social Business (or it's precursor - Enterprise 2.0) is all about, then check out Dion's blog - and books!
Everything is going social. Whether it’s merely the addition of sharing buttons on content within an existing app, or if it’s a fundamental reworking of a customer support system to be powered by mass community participation instead of trouble tickets, social is infusing our work environment in ways too numerous to count.
The architectural view presented here only goes down to a certain level of detail, yet it’s one of the most updated views of social business architecture available.
A new generation of Smart Mobile Services is coming. We don’t need to wait for Google GlaA new generation of Smart Mobile Services is coming. We don’t need to wait for Google Glasses to build the next generation of world-changing consumer services. Many of the enabling features for these services exist in our smartphones today.sses to build the next generation of world-changing consumer services. Many of the enabling features for these services exist in our smartphones today.
Adopting a BYOL strategy will however require a different approach to learning and development. It will not be about designing personalised training nor managing people’s learning for them, but rather supporting their own personal learning strategies. For some people, this may simply mean getting out of their way; for others it may involve providing some guidance and assistance on how to be an effective BYOLearner.
A stunning contrast to Apple's "closed web" approach - Google's Open Operating System approach. In theory, I should be able to use almost any printer, rather than have to buy an Apple airprint compliant printer. A good example of "open" vs. "closed" environments maybe?
More than ever, people are using Twitter, Facebook and other social media sources to learn about what’s happening in the world as traditional news outlets become increasingly less relevant to the digital generation. But the trend toward Internet and social media-based news — and the accompanying rush to be first to report a story — also comes with pitfalls. Some 50% of news consumers have received “breaking news” via social media, only to find out later it was erroneously reported.
Check it out the infographic to see the fuller picture of how social media is coming to dominate the news industry.
Robin Good: This one had escaped me. Apologies.
Scoop.it has integrated its content curation and publishing system with Facebook giving you the opportunity to have automatically publish your curated content to your Facebook Timeline.
From the official Scoop.it blog: "By turning it on (it’s optional of course), your Facebook Timeline will be automatically updated in real time whenever you curate new content.
As they pile up, these scoops will be grouped on a dedicated box that nicely displays a summarized snapshot of your latest curation activity."
How to set it up
If you’ve already connected your Facebook account, you just need to reconnect it to update your connection settings and have your scoops shared to your Facebook Timeline.
While connecting to your Scoop.it account, a pop-up will appear asking you to connect again your Facebook account:
For those of you who haven’t connected your Facebook yet, go on your Scoop.it account and do it today. To do so, just click on the Facebook icon on your dashboard:
Please note that this is an option offered for you to boost the impact of your curation; you can connect or disconnect it at will through your account settings (Account > Sharing Options > Uncheck “Share your scoops to your Facebook Timeline”).
Via Robin Good
Not surprisingly, the most common failure amongst organizations struggling with Social Business initiatives is poor leadership. In this article Forbes identifies seven (flawed) personality types found in leaders and managers. Do you recognise any of these types?
What is Facebook best for? How about Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+? This infographic might give you some insight into which network to use and for what purpose - but don't treat it too literally - at the end of the day, use the network that meets YOUR needs - we're all different you know!
Hundreds of council tenants are swapping their houses with each other on Facebook. Users of the social networking site claim the council's bidding system is out of date, prompting them to arrange their own moves.
A good example of people finding their own solutions if the local bureaucracy (aka "council") isn't providing an effective service. Since all local councils are seeking ways of saving money, maybe they should cease developing and supporting their own web services for house bidding/exchange and use the free services of Facebook? Just an idea.
Our age of digital disruption has opened a cornucopia of creative endeavors, but the ability to multitask may also hinder creativity.
In a recent global study, three-quarters of respondents said their creative potential is being stifled. More than 60% of American said their education systems squelch creativity, and a majority of total respondents said pressure at work hurts creativity. Yet 80% of respondents worldwide said allowing creativity to flourish is critical to economic growth.
Those numbers come from a recent survey of 5,000 adults in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Japan. The study was commissioned by software giant Adobe.
But the study’s findings do indicate that people worldwide feel unfulfilled creatively.
Check out the Infographic for the full picture. http://on.mash.to/K5nTe1
A social enterprise is a business where employees are able to connect with one another and customers using social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.
However, according to a new infographic from Gist, 71% of business actively block social networking sites at work. Take a look at a few great ideas on how to use social media in your organisation in this infographic. #smtrng
The social media landscape changes rapidly and keeping up with the latest numbers is an essential part of continuing to make your marketing relevant and focused. Here are the latest facts, figures and statistics for seven major social networks. What's the common trend? The numbers keep rising!
Robin Good: Created by Samuel Clay as an open-source app, NewsBlur is a fully working web-based Google Reader alternative that allows you to subscribe, aggregate and read to up to 64 RSS feeds for free.
NewsBlur provides for each feed an "original", a "feed" and a "story" view allowing you to see the content both as it appeared on the original site as well as stripped out of its web design template.
Browser extension for Safari, Firefox and Chrome: http://www.newsblur.com/reader/autologin/RobinGood/5d9fcb76cb08?next=goodies
Download free iPhone app: http://www.newsblur.com/iphone/ ;
Read more about it inside this thread: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3862692
Try it out now: http://www.newsblur.com/ ;
Via Robin Good
Companies are replacing blogs with nimbler tools requiring less time and resources, such as Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter.
I wonder whether these companies have really thought this through. By all means go where the customers are - whether that be Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr or whatever. But recognise that by locking yourself into one of these walled gardens you no longer have full control of your content or how it is presented, and less control over who can find it. Blogs should exploit the openess of the web and should be the foundation for any social media strategy. By maintaining control of your blog you can syndicate the content wherever you want (more or less), using it to update Facebook or Google+ pages, or tweets on Twitter that will draw an audience into the blog content.
Furthermore, using proprietary networks assumes that your audience (customers) are all in the same place, whereas they will more likely be spread across different networks.
Maintaining your own blog means you retain absolute control and ownership of the content, and how users enagage with it. Don't hand over all of this to proprietary and closed envionments for the sake of expediency. It's like giving burglars the keys to your house.
Ever wonder why some people’s faces are showing up in search results? How do they do that?
They do it by linking and then adding the Google Authorship markup to one of the links.
This is called a “rich snippet.”
Here are the three steps to follow - http://bit.ly/Ioh4X3 - to get Google Authorship markup working, along with tips for troubleshooting.
Step One: Verify your email address on Google+
Make sure you’re using a email address with the same domain as the domain of your blog.
Step Two: Link from your Google+ profile to your content
*If you have a bio page on your blog, link to this bio
Step Three: Link from your content to your Google+ profile
From the byline or author box at the bottom of your post, link to your Google+ profile, adding “rel=author” in the link
Tip: If you use WordPress, there are plugins, such as Author Box Reloaded - http://bit.ly/Ioij8I, that will add the markup for you. They will also add your image and icons to all the social networks
A Community Manager is NOT an IT person, it’s not a ‘Web Expert’, it’s not even someone who claim to be a ‘Social Media’ expert. They don’t exist by the way. Don’t let them fool you, please!
The Community Manager is more like a networked journalist or extremely clever and creative person who can take an idea from nothing and create something beautiful or smart. She or He is more like someone who have built a project, an organization or a team from scratch, from an idea that didn’t exist, with small means, or budget – into something which showcase true disruptive innovation, something new and fresh that people buy into, in a flash! If you find or know such a person; hire them instantly, or ask them to come and work for you! And hey, don’t forget pay them well! It will pay off – Big Time!
Chrome users are in store for a bundle of printing perks courtesy of a recent update to Google Cloud Print. You'll need Android V4.0 (also referred to as "Ice Cream Sandwhich" to be able to process transmitted documents as PDFs. Don't you just love Open Operating Systems!
The government's controversial plans to allow intelligence agencies to monitor the internet use and digital communications of every person in the UK suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday when the inventor of the world wide web warned that the measures were dangerous and should be dropped.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who serves as an adviser to the government on how to make public data more accessible, says the extension of the state's surveillance powers would be a "destruction of human rights" and would make a huge amount of highly intimate information vulnerable to theft or release by corrupt officials.
I think the most troubling thing about this proposed legislation is the naivety of the government in thinking that only they will have the access to all of this rich data. It will be a honeypot for the more unscrupulous elements of society - including terrorists - and the government (this one and the previous one) don't actually have a good track record when it comes to keeping our data secure.
To quote from Berners-Lee...."since the coalition had not spelled out an oversight regime, or how the data could be safely stored, the most important thing to do is to stop the bill as it is at the moment". I'll second that!
Launched tody - "The Digital Engagement Cookbook" will help local authorities, charities, retailers, service providers and campaign groups, among others, to explore the new opportunities that the digital world offers for engaging and empowering citizens and consumers. Digital tools and channels are an increasingly essential way of engaging citizens and consumers, and helping them to mobilise around an issue or make more informed decisions.