Archive for ‘Social’

Experiment: Brand Visibility on Google+

Earlier this year I published a comprehensive study of content and brand visibility on Google+ and one of the most intriguing concepts outlined in the study was the notion that Google+ represents a form of a display network. “Discovery Paths for Brands and Content” was going to be my sequel, but I decided to test out a few of my ideas in an experiment before I speculate any further.…

 

Google+ Pushes “Promoted Posts”

While not a new feature, +Post ads have only made a subtle appearance until now. It looks like somebody at Google decided to give the little used feature a little boost. Some webmasters are reporting a new prompt popping up with the following message:

ad

 

I can think of only one other such attempt at advertising through Google+ network.…

 

How Gender is Distributed Online

We would like to think the Internet is a utopia of fairness and opportunity but the reality is, some members of society miss out more than others.

A surprising statistic has been revealed recently – there are 200 million fewer women online globally.…

 

Content Visibility Tactic: Tweet Piggyback

Embedding tweets within content can add greater context to our stories and connect our readers with people and brands of interest. There is a hidden benefit, though, and it’s the way Twitter handles related content.

By embedding a tweet into your page you automatically apply for the “Related headlines” section and may qualify if you meet Twitter’s relevance and quality criteria.…

 

A Comprehensive Study of Content and Brand Visibility on Google+

Understanding Google+

Google has been aggressively attempting to diversify away from search. Over the years they’ve come up with a number of promising products in a sea of failed experiments. When Larry Page took charge of Google’s direction once again, we witnessed a sudden shut down of unviable products. …

 

Google+ Case Study: Why did my lunch go viral?

ripplesA photo of my lunch went viral on Google+ over the weekend with 28,616 views, 312 +1′s and 54 comments and I had no idea why. The level of engagement on the post goes well beyond the norm of somebody with only 16,000 followers.…

 

Why Red Bull Has Two Verified Google+ Pages

Google+ wants real identities for both humans and organisations. There can be only one!

That said, look what happens when you search for “Red Bull” in Google Plus:

Red Bull Search

We’re seeing two official Red Bull pages, both verified. So which one is real?…

 

Facebook Will Undergo a “Rapid Decline”, Researchers Say

R.I.P. Facebook

It’s a known fact that young users no longer hang out on Facebook as much as they used to, but now there’s some scientific proof to it. A paper by John Cannarella and Joshua A. Spechler of the Princeton University titled “Epidemiological modeling of online social network dynamics” predicts grim future for the social media giant saying: “Extrapolating the best fit model into the future suggests that Facebook will undergo a rapid decline in the coming years, losing 80% of its peak user base between 2015 and 2017.”

The following graph shows search query data for “Facebook” compared to “MySpace” (Source: Google Trends)

 Facebook Graph

Cannarella and Spechler used this data to make prediction of the trend of “Facebook” search query using best fit irSIR model and found a likely range when and how rapidly the decline is likely to happen.…

 

WordPress Plugin for Google+ Interactive Posts

Google+ interactive posts

This plugin streamlines interactive post implementation on WordPress websites.

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Note: This plugin is in alpha version. Please report any bugs and usability issues in the comments below.

About Interactive Posts

Interactive posts on Google+ are similar to basic shared posts with an added call-to-action button, functionality and additional page interaction statistics in Google+ page dashboard. …

 

Everything you type is recorded. Even if you don’t post.

Delete

We collected data from 3.9 million users over 17 days and associate self-censorship behavior with features describing users, their social graph, and the interactions between them. Our results indicate that 71% of users exhibited some level of last-minute self-censorship…

The above is an excerpt from a paper titled “Self Censorship on Facebook” written by Sauvik Das from Carnegie Mellon University and Adam Kramer from Facebook.…

 

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