What do Wikipedia, Google, and WordPress, all have in common? They are leading the charge against SOPA and blacking out their sites today, January 18, 2012 in the biggest online protest in history. Many other websites are joining them including little old me, all to protest the internet censorship bill SOPA and PIPA. So what exactly is it?
This video link below will explain it all better than I can.
Well apparently somebody in the Google office has been playing around with the website and came up with a nifty work day distraction. Go to Google and type in “do a barrel roll” and watch what happens. Go ahead, do it I’ll wait……
Did you do it?
Pretty cool huh? Now be honest, you barrel rolled at least 3 times, then showed a couple people at work, then updated your Facebook status telling everyone to type in “barrel roll” into Google, then you sent out a mass email to your co-workers, right? And if you’re like me, you blogged about it then video taped it and posted it to YouTube.
Because that’s how we roll.
I ♥ Google
Well Google+ has dominated the social media news this past week while Facebook is conveniently adding video and group chat at the same time. The battle of the social networks is roaring and you can find out what the industry leaders and the Zuck have to say about it.
There was so much going on in the social media world this past week and 2 of my personal favorite holidays, Social Media Day on June 30th and July 4th….I hope you celebrated well! Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Google all making big changes this week, President Obama making some noise on Twitter, and Google is taking over the world, while MySpace is sold for $35 million. It’s all here and more on the Wednesday Wrap-Up!
- How can you use YouTube to market your business?
Can Google’s +1 rival Facebook in the social media realm?
June 14th, 2011 @ 11:00am
By Chanda Gunter, ksl.com
SALT LAKE CITY — In March, Google announced its new +1 feature that will rival Facebook’s “like” button on most websites.
This month, the feature was recently launched in beta form and has sparked many conversations concerning its staying power. The idea behind the +1 button is to have users rely on their friends’ recommendations, so the question is just that, will they rely on recommendations while searching Google?
Here is how +1 works:
1. While searching information on Google, click the +1 button of the site you preferred.
2. A user’s friends will see this recommendation the next time they are searching something similar and will help lead them in the right direction.
3. The more friends a user has that clicks +1, the more recommendations he or she has.
Google is known for its outstanding search engine results and algorithm measuring techniques, but it’s not known for its social ability like Facebook and Twitter.
With the implementation of the +1 button, Google hopes to change that and in a sense, compete with Facebook. What it really boils down to is advertising dollars. Both Google and Facebook make most of their money through advertisements.
While Facebook can offer advertisers a more targeted audience because of its ability to capture important data such as age, location, gender and lifestyle, Google must now compete for that ability if it wants those same advertising dollars.
Google’s answer to the lack of social ability is Google Buzz and Google Profiles. Introduced over a year ago and implemented into any Gmail user account, a profile can be set up and information shared over the Web much like Facebook and Twitter. A Google account is required to take advantage of the new +1 feature and will likely increase the amount of Google Buzz users.
While there are some pluses to the new +1 feature, there seem to be more negatives and many questions asked.
~ On the plus side:
1. Facebook needs competition and who better to compete than Google, right?
2. Google is constantly tweaking its algorithm for improved search results, and the social-sharing aspect of user feedback could change the way we receive our information.
3. Search results could become more personal and relevant to the end user
~ On the negative side:
1. A Gmail account in needed to participate
2. Not all friends can see the +1 feature as they can on Facebook or Twitter. When someone “likes” an article it posts to his or her wall and allows for comments. Google’s +1 is only seen by Google friends and/or friends who happen to be searching the same thing.
3. There is currently no mobile version of the +1 feature
4. Facebook is already a proven marketing system and is already recognizable
5. A Google Buzz account can be connected with Twitter, Flickr, Picasa, and a user’s Gmail contacts but is not available to connect with Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn or Yelp.
For now, the +1 feature is still in experimental phase and as a Gmail user, it needs to be opted in to use it. It has a lot of room to grow and will no doubt increase the number of Google account users, but the question still remains” Will Google compete with Facebook? Possibly down the road, but with Facebook’s 500 million-plus users, Google has a long road to travel.
Google hoping other sites like recommending tool
Google Inc. is hoping other websites will like its recently introduced system for recommending online content and ads.
Chanda Gunter is the owner of The Social Network, a social-media marketing company based out of southern Utah. She is a marketing consultant, public speaker, columnist, event planner and teaches several social media seminars and classes monthly.
Article published by http://www.ksl.com
It’s 1:30am and I’m writing this blog on my cool new iPhone because my computer is rebooting. Obviously I can’t wait 5 minutes. I’m a bit frustrated because Google is down and well, I was Googling. I thought at first it was my computer or the internet connection (reason for computer reboot) but then my trusty Twitter Tweeps filled me in. The feeling is a bit like when Facebook went down for a couple hours several months back, remember that? I think I got caught up on laundry that day and cleaned out my closet. Since the Droid is Google based, I wonder if Google crashing will have any effect on the Droid users. Hmmm…wish I could Google that. Anyways, I guess I could go to Yahoo or Bing… Or I could just finish this blog and do my Google searching tomorrow. Goodnight!