Received your Instagram Highlights email yet?
Received your Instagram Highlights email yet?

Have you received your Instagram Highlights email yet? No? It’s coming soon, according to various published reports which originated at TechCrunch. Instagram – everyone’s favorite photo sharing app and network – has already started emailing users with a summary of highlights you might have missed when not actually gazing at the app (or seeing the […]

Reach out to customers with social media
Reach out to customers with social media

Yes, you can reach out to customers with social media. And you can engage them, resolve any problems they may encounter, thank them for stopping by – start or continue a relationship. It’s called social media for a reason. Check out the graph with art below. Prepared by SalesForce, a CRM (and other services) firm, […]

Google Ads zone in with local, mobile
Google Ads zone in with local, mobile

With a new initiative announced May 21, Google ads zone in with local, mobile features for consumers who search for businesses “near me.” The new Google offering may not be precisely SoLoMo (social-local-mobile) but it certainly is AdLoMo (advertising-local-mobile). And if you aren’t incorporating some paid (that’s right, social mavens, paid advertising in your overall […]

Americans care about online privacy
Americans care about online privacy

Americans care about online privacy. They worry about it, according to recent surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center. A great majority of Americans (93 percent) say it’s important while 74 percent say it’s “very important” and 19 percent say it’s “somewhat important.” But at the same time, the Pew surveys suggest Americans may have […]

Tech giants redouble support for online privacy
Tech giants redouble support for online privacy

As the tech giants redouble support for online privacy, official Washington intensely debates the future of government online surveillance and safety on the Internet hangs in the balance. Some of the world’s largest tech firms – all of which happen to be American – redoubled their opposition to allowing government agencies, police and spy agencies […]

Twitter will now show up in Google Search
Twitter will now show up in Google Search

Twitter will now show up in Google Search and that, boys and girls, is a very big deal. Both Twitter and Google announced the new deal May 19, following up the announcement earlier this year that Google Search will begin indexing tweets in its search results. The union brings more relevant, real-time posts to both […]

Attention spans are decreasing…wha? Squirrel!
Attention spans are decreasing…wha? Squirrel!

Attention spans are decreasing due to our tech gadgets, digital life and the…wha? Oh, look over there! Well…if you’re still with me…a new research report from Microsoft says our attention spans are decreasing. They are now one second shorter than the attention span of a goldfish, according to the Microsoft study (which doesn’t actually explain […]

Belgians don’t waffle on Facebook privacy risks
Belgians don’t waffle on Facebook privacy risks

The Belgian government isn’t waffling on this one: Facebook privacy risks are so great individual users should protect themselves. Specifically, the Belgian Commission for the Protection of Privacy issued an update report May 16 amplifying previous research which suggested Facebook is guilty of tracking without consent the online journeys and activities of Facebook users – and, […]

Mobile app use – World, messaging; U.S., Facebook
Mobile app use – World, messaging; U.S., Facebook

When it comes to mobile app use, the world seems to prefer messaging apps while the U.S., in contrast, seems to prefer social apps – Facebook and Instagram in particular. That’s the bottom line, at least, according to a new report on mobile app use published earlier this week by App Annie, an app analytics […]

Google Search: order lunch, please.
Google Search: order lunch, please.

Order lunch or make an appointment through Google Search – yep, that’s the ticket through a new feature added to Google My Business. It’s just another evolutionary step in how we navigate the world and do business online and, particularly, on our mobile devices. And clearly yet another indication of the necessity of businesses to […]