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 […]

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 […]

Instagram Live & disappearing – Turkeys for all
Instagram Live & disappearing – Turkeys for all

Instagram Live & disappearing – Turkeys for all just in time for Thanksgiving! So, Instagram has decided it needs to be even more ephemeral, as if it hadn’t copied Snapchat enough already. And it really needs to offer live video, just like Momma Facebook (and Twitter’s Persicope) but, gee, it can’t compete with Facebook Live […]

Is Instagram finally getting a little deeper?
Is Instagram finally getting a little deeper?

Is Instagram finally getting a little deeper? We can hope. There are encouraging signs. Actual live links in Instagram Stories? Well, some. The wildly popular and generally very useful Facebook-owned image sharing platform announced Nov. 10 it will begin experimenting “in some” Instagram Stories with live links. Instagram Stories are the quick and ephemeral new […]

Pinterest boasts of 150 million monthly users
Pinterest boasts of 150 million monthly users

Everyone’s favorite online scrapbook and advertising platform reached a milestone Oct. 13 as Pinterest boasts of 150 million monthly users. That may still be well below the average monthly users of of other digital platforms (Facebook, 1.7 billion; What’s App, 1 billion; Facebook Messenger, 1 billion; Tumbler, 555 million; Instagram, 500 million) but is a […]

Google boosts mobile search & maps & Allo &…
Google boosts mobile search & maps & Allo &…

In a flurry of digital space updates and upgrades, Google boosts mobile search & maps & Allo &… a travel app & concept movies in Google Photos…maybe even soon a new tool to fight online harassment. It’s been a busy week or so at the Googleplex. Don’t these folks ever take a break? (The answer […]

Instagram filters while YouTube collects
Instagram filters while YouTube collects

Instagram filters while YouTube collects – comments, that is. The social media are by definition social and that means conversation, not always apposite, not always helpful, sometimes downright mean and abusive. Instagram is taking steps to allow users to filter comments they find offensive or mean, abusive. YouTube, once a bastion of the worst trolling […]

Your graphics are honey to the bees
Your graphics are honey to the bees

Your graphics are honey to the bees, irresistibly drawing your worker bees – er, readers & fans – to your posts from all across the internet. Graphics are King! Don’t you believe me? You say, “It’s content.” Yes, you are right. Content is king, but only if you can get the attention of your target […]

Our little Instagram is growing up!
Our little Instagram is growing up!

Once upon a time the darling of the teeny-bopper crowd, everyone’s favorite photo-sharing social network is rapidly maturing; our little Instagram is growing up! And, no, we’re not talking necessarily about Instagram Stories, the most recent addition to the Insta-tools. Anyone can copy Snapchat, we suppose. Nor are we discussing the hotly debated shift to […]

Copyright can be a thorny online issue
Copyright can be a thorny online issue

Copyright can be a thorny online issue. Literally millions (probably, really, billions) of videos, photos, memes – all kinds of images and, yes, words – exist online and they are just there, ripe for the picking and resharing and using in countless ways. But every image, every video, every word, every meme was created by […]