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It appears that real-time search could finally become a reality. Following our post earlier in the month, Twitter negotiating real-time search deal with Microsoft and Google, it looks like the ink is now drying on an agreement that will see the aforementioned search engines gain complete access to the social media site’s network.
This is a brave new world for search engines and could well change the way we view and use SERPs in the future. Bing and Google are now free to start developing ways to incorporate Twitter feeds into their searches, opening up unique opportunities for the respective engines and their users.
Do you ever find that when you search for something, say a restaurant or venue, you wished you could trust the recommendations and opinions written about it? We have all performed a search in Google and received comments about a place from someone that we have never met.
Well those clever guys at Google have come up with a way to only see reviews from the people you trust, called Google Hotpot. Yesterday they announced some enhancements to this service.
Personalised search is about to become a whole lot more personal as Google begins to roll out ‘Google Search, Plus Your World’. This update could completely change the face of search, dragging in content from your social world to create tailored results.
It’s yet another curve ball from the search engine, which has been moving towards complete personalisation of search for a while now. The official blog promotes it as an opportunity for signed in users to see content shared by online friends. Theoretically this should provide a customised stream of results, somewhere between conventional search and social network feeds. But how useful will this be in real terms?
With an ever increasing emphasis being placed on social, 2012 is certainly the year to start taking advantage of all the existing and emerging platforms currently available. Whether you’re a business looking after your own social media campaigns, or an agency or consultant working on behalf of a client, it’s certainly an important aspect to get right – and this is where learning simple copywriting tips for social media will pay dividends.
Facebook presents businesses with a fantastic opportunity to identify and engage with current, as well as potential customers. This is done through the use of pages, which allow businesses to house pertinent information within one place and promote it to a potential audience of over 500 million!
So now you’ve decided to take advantage of this opportunity for your business, be sure have a look through the below quick overview of setting up a Facebook business page.
Before you start anything however, make sure you agree on the naming of the page. If you have more than 100 likes, you will be unable to amend this.
Both Facebook and Google are considering separate bids to buy the video conferencing service, Skype.
Discussions are at very early stages and it is very difficult to speculate which offer Skype may prefer (if any), but according to reports from Reuters, Skype is at a crossroads. They have been delaying an eagerly anticipated IPO (Initial Public Offering), which signals that something is going to happen sooner or later.
Twitter’s rise up through the social media rankings has been nothing short of phenomenal. Backed by a plethora of tech savvy celebrities, the take-up of the micro-blogging service has touched every corner of the globe. But is it an empire built on sand?
From the outside everything seems to be ticking over quite nicely. The site continues to earn new users and is now ranked the 19th largest on the Internet (according to Alexa), so on the face of it everything is going swimmingly. But there are undoubtedly issues, some that could ultimately undermine the service into obscurity.
Social media and social bookmarking platforms play an integral role in getting your blog posts read. One excellent way is to connect your blog posts to your Twitter and Facebook accounts which can be achieved using a very clever piece of software called Twitterfeed.
TwitterFeed is incredibly easy to use, but first of all you need to make sure that you have a Facebook and Twitter account. For most, these accounts have already been set up; however there are some that may still be perplexed by social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Well you needn’t be, and if you want to gain links and exposure then it’s definitely worth investing a little time in [See: Social Media Presence ‘Can Improve Link Building’].
This is a massive breakthrough for the millions of businesses that use Facebook to interact with their customers. B2B and B2C companies will now have the opportunity to directly interact with their target audience. This will improve the rate of engagement and will also help businesses who use Facebook as a customer service platform. Read more
Just when the world of social networking seemed to be channelling towards Facebook and Twitter, the old guard have taken new steps toward regaining prominence. Swiped from under the noses of Facebook, MySpace are on the verge of purchasing iLike.
To most that probably doesn’t mean a great deal; however iLike is one of the most popular apps currently featured on Facebook. It allows users to share their favourite songs with friends and give an insight into their musical taste. MySpace is already very much the social networking site of choice for many music and video aficionados; by being able to provide exclusive access to iLike, they could well corner this market and subdue Facebook momentarily.
For marketers and agencies alike, the news of Facebook’s API will be met with great anticipation. Before this announcement, it was only a few brands that had access to Facebook’s Ads Application Protocol Interface (API), but now businesses of all sizes can gain full access to it.
There are a number of benefits that come with accessing the array of tools that other larger brands have been using for a while, and Facebook yesterday made this happen by officially launching the API Programme.