Google Search as an events concierge
Google Search as an events concierge

Taking a page from Facebook’s enormously successful Events feature, the ubiquitous pocket oracle is beefing up Google Search as an events concierge. Now that our smartphones are in common use as personal assistants we’ve become accustomed to reaching for them to find upcoming entertainment and events, especially as weekends approach. Most entertainment venues have long […]

The social media are not television
The social media are not television

The social media are not television. At least they didn’t used to be. But that’s changing – and quickly – as some of the major social networks forget what brought them here and morph head-long into life as broadcast media. After flirting with it for nearly a year, Twitter announced last week it will soon […]

The news is mobile for most of us
The news is mobile for most of us

The news is mobile for most of us. To be precise, nearly 60 percent of us now get our news from our smartphones. The figures come from GlobalWebIndex and also suggest it’s internet users in the first half-century of their lives who tend to get the most news from their smartphones and more males than […]

Doubling down on fake news
Doubling down on fake news

Some of the internet’s biggest players are doubling down on fake news, making adjustments & finding ways to promote facts over fiction in current events. Three major efforts began rolling out this week – by Google, Facebook & Wikipedia – to help internet readers lacking common sense or basic skills of critical thinking discern truth […]

The internet has spoken: “Keep Net Neutrality.”
The internet has spoken: “Keep Net Neutrality.”

The internet has spoken: “Keep Net Neutrality.” Well, the internet itself didn’t speak but a broad coalition of the internet’s biggest companies, perhaps the biggest single voice of the internet as a whole – the Internet Association – issued a resounding plea this week to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and it’s new chairman, […]

U.S. digital advertising in 2017: $83 billion
U.S. digital advertising in 2017: $83 billion

U.S. digital advertising in 2017: $83 billion. At least that’s the number predicted earlier this month by eMarketer, the respected market research company, which also pointed out the figure will take into account a nearly 16 percent increase in digital ad spend over 2016. The numbers are important because the U.S. digital ad market is […]

Facebook – video – mobile: your digital world
Facebook – video – mobile: your digital world

Facebook – video – mobile: your digital world. Well, that’s what Facebook wants your digital world to be. The social network behemoth also wants to be on your TV all the time, too. At least that appears to be part of the goal of a series of video enhancements Facebook started rolling out last week […]

The paradox of a monolithic internet
The paradox of a monolithic internet

It was supposed to be the great leveler, a vast network of free-ranging bits and bytes but we could be facing the paradox of a monolithic internet. As more and more power and influence on the information superhighway – not to mention money – seemingly tends to coagulate in the hands of the relative few […]

Facebook is a media company
Facebook is a media company

No matter if it likes to admit it or not, Facebook is a media company and, perhaps, its new Journalism Project will help it and its users understand that. The social media giant announced its new Journalism Project on January 11 and promised, among other points, it will be “collaborating with news organizations to develop […]

Search Twitter now and gain relevance
Search Twitter now and gain relevance

Be hip, search Twitter now and gain relevance. After months of testing, Twitter is rolling out an update to its search function which will alter results from chronological order to what its algorithm suggests are the most relevant tweets about the subject searched. Got that? Sure, users have long been able to see search results […]