Instagram carousel takes images on a ride
Instagram carousel takes images on a ride

As a brand new feature in everyone’s favorite photo-sharing app Instagram carousel takes images on a ride. Could be it will also get Grammers used to swiping left to see Instagram advertising carousels, too. Call us cynical but, remember, we’ve been promised more Instagram advertising. Don’t get us wrong, like everyone else we love Instagram […]

900 billion hours on mobile apps
900 billion hours on mobile apps

As inhabitants of Earth’s digital world we spent 900 billion hours on mobile apps in 2016. That is to say, all of us connected to the internet – around 3.2 billion people – used our mobile apps for 900 billion hours last year – or on average we spent 281.25 hours out of last year […]

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 […]

Google Maps as a commute assistant
Google Maps as a commute assistant

Long a valuable and useful navigation and search assistant, with an update rolling out just last week we now see Google Maps as a commute assistant. Well, for Android users, anyway. Google says the update will roll out to iOS and other systems’ users soon. Android users will have, no doubt, noticed the relatively small […]

Is social television next for Facebook?
Is social television next for Facebook?

Is social television next for Facebook? Or, maybe, just good ol’ television. One could certainly draw that inference judging from comments made February 1 by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during the company’s Fourth Quarter 2016 earnings announcement. More video, he suggested, longer form video, more original video and original content. Hmmm, sounds like Netflix or […]

Messaging now on YouTube?
Messaging now on YouTube?

Google wants to try messaging now on YouTube? Oh hell, why not? Nearly all the major social platforms have messaging features. So many points of entry. So little time. But that hasn’t stopped Google from amplifying the already crowded text back-and-forth ecosystem by its test of a new messaging feature last week for Canadian YouTube […]

The app of my eye is changing before it
The app of my eye is changing before it

The app of my eye is changing before it – instant apps, that is; but certainly not like instant grits or oatmeal. Announced last spring at Google I/O, the internet overlord has begun a limited test of its new Android Instant Apps technology and if all goes according to plan the whole app ecosystem will […]

Search offline now and get results
Search offline now and get results

You can search offline now and get results (with Android) when your phone reconnects to the WWW and that is a big deal for digital marketing. Google started rolling out the new feature last week. “Whether you’re a commuter reading the news with a spotty network, a farmer looking up crop prices with no service […]

Google is now penalizing some sites with pop-ups
Google is now penalizing some sites with pop-ups

As promised back in the summer, Google is now penalizing some sites with pop-ups, those annoying ads or requests for newsletter sign-ups. Well, penalizing in search result pages – on mobile search requests – websites which automatically launch a pop-up upon landing. In other words, your website won’t get ranked very well (on the front […]

Americans like online shopping – but trust? Meh.
Americans like online shopping – but trust? Meh.

Americans like online shopping – but trust? Meh. Americans like our online shopping nearly as much as does the rest of the world – but we like our traditional brick-and-mortar shops, too. Trust may seem more real to Americans in a physical store than online. That’s what the most recent survey results from the Pew […]