March 22, 2013

Google+ Photos Now Searchable

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Google Plus Photo SearchGoogle+ users can now search for photos using the social networks search bar.

Users simply type in a search term and then choose “photos” from the drop down menu to begin their photo search.

At this time the search filter does not allow for multiple filters to be applied, a fact that will likely change with the next Google+ update.

The Google+ search will only show photos that are listed as permissible for each user. Essentially only “public” photos and photos from circles you belong to will show up.

The move to add photo friendly searches was an important step for Google. The Google+ platform has quickly become a hot spot of discussion and display for artists looking to share their own works and their favorites pieces form other artists. read more

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March 19, 2013

Facebook Earned Enough In 2012 To Pay Each Employee $1.1 Million

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Facebook RevenueIf Facebook evenly distributed its earnings in 2012 the social network could have paid every single employee $1,101,753.

Facebook reported a 2012 revenue of $5,089,000,000. According to SocialNewsDaily Facebook employees $4,619 workers. In comparison Google employees 53,000 employees but earned $50 billion in 2012. That means Google actually earned less money per employee with a take of $946,000.

Based on Facebook’s earnings the company is currently making $5 in revenue per user (just over 1 billion users now registered). However despite Facebook’s higher per employee earnings structure the company is still under heavy pressure from Wall Street investors.

While Google falls short of Facebook’s per employee earnings, Apple is the clear winner with an average earnings per employee of $2.3 million. Apple was helped along in 2012 by 400 million active credit card accounts connected to iTunes. The company took in $156.5 billion with an average iTunes account spent of $391.  read more

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March 18, 2013

Flickr Adds Hashtags To iOS App

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Flickr HashtagFlickr on Saturday rolled out an update to its iOS app. The new update includes the ability to add hashtags to photo titles and descriptions.

For years Flickr has allowed users to add and search for “Tags” but the industry in general has moved towards the Twitter friendly hashtag setup.

Flickr isn’t the first social network to jump on the hashtag bandwagon, Facebook owned Instagram also offers the tags, as does Pinterest. Facebook is believed to be preparing a hashtags based search function of its own.

Just like other networks users who click on Flickr hashtags are brought to a search page populated with other hashtags of the same type.

Flickr has also announced the ability to enter its weekly photo challenge by tagging worthwhile pictures with the #FlickrFriday tag.  read more

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8 Ways to Make Your Website Faster

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Do you know that for every single second delay in your website loading speed your website conversion rate goes down by at least 7%?

Do you also know that 40% of potential visitors to your website will abandon it if it takes more than 3 seconds to load?

These and more insightful data can be found in this Econsultancy study; however, I’m not here to talking about website speed data but to share some practical tips to help you significantly improve your website speed.

In other words, one of the top ways to kill your website is if it is slow.

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Whether you’re a blogger, a small business or a corporation, a slight delay in how long it takes for your website to load could be costing you a lot in revenue while some little tweaks to make your website faster could double conversions on your website. Here are a few tips for you:

1. Limit the Number of Plugins or Addons that Power Your Website

This is especially important if you’re a WordPress user; it’s impossible to run a website that is powered by WordPress or other major CMS without using a few plugins but the reality is that the number of plugins you use every day grows and ends up slowing down your website.

With an open source platform like WordPress, each plugins are coded by different people and as a result the server configuration required for each plugin to run is different; in other words, when the function a certain plugin provides is requested, it’ll make a request to your server which will eventually influence your website speed.

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March 17, 2013

INFOGRAPHIC: Mean, Green Drink Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

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St Patrick’s Day is here! If you are looking for something different from pints of Guinness then try some of these drink suggestions below. If you’re a beer lover don’t forget to use these apps.

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The 5 Beer Apps You’ll Need For St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is here again and with it, the need to go out and get ourselves sloshed on some beer. This time around though, we have our handy smartphone’s to help us with the task at hand. Here are some of the best apps you’ll need for an awesome St. Patrick’s Day:

BeerCloud

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Free on both iOS and Android, this great beer discovery app helps you find nearby beer favorites while also dishing out expert beer pairing advice.

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March 14, 2013

Facebook Hashtag Support Is On The Way

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Facebook HashtagFacebook is preparing to introduce Hashtag support for wall posts, following a move already institute by Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and various other social networks.

The # symbol is a popular way for users to share common threads. For example users may talk about President Obama by using the hashtag #PresidentObama.

The move not only allows Facebook users to share a common thread, it allows Facebook to create a better social search platform that is now dependent on a common statement type.

With Graph Search already at the forefront of Facebook’s efforts to better its own search platform the hashtag support will come in handy. For example, users can create conversations which might be discovered for one search term and ultimately lead to deeper searches. read more

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March 13, 2013

Netflix Social Rolls Out Facebook Platform, Enables On System and Network Sharing

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Netflix now offers Facebook Sharing

In late 2012 Netflix announced plans to bring Facebook sharing to its platform in early 2013. On Wednesday morning Cameron Johnson, director of product innovation at Netflix, announced the new sharing service.

On the Netflix blog Johnson writes:

“Starting today, Netflix members in the U.S. can share their favorite shows and movies on Netflix with friends by connecting to Facebook and agreeing to share.”

Using Netflix Social is simple, just connect your Facebook accounts and you’ll fine two new social rows of titles added to your Netflix homepage. The rows included Friends’ Favorites and Watched By Your Friends lists.

Default sharing happens only on Netflix with users needed to choose if they share viewed TV shows and movies on Facebook.  read more

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March 11, 2013

Foursquare Possibly Switching Focus From Check-In To API Data

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Foursquare dataFoursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley believes the company can survive in the local search business by pulling in API data from third-party developers who use the company’s platform to generate location based data.

Speaking at a keynote presentation at South by Southwest Crowley explained:

“If people think it’s all about mayorships, that muddles the story. We’re starting to put a lot of that stuff in the background.”

Foursquare currently provides its API to more than 40,000 developers who utilize the company’s 50 million points of interest.

Among Foursquare’s users are the Twitter-owned Vine, Facebook’s Instagram and mobile network Path. read more

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March 8, 2013

YouTube ‘One Channel’ Redesign Now Available For All Users

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YouTube One ChannelIn February 2013 Google showed off its newest feature, the YouTube One Channel. The design was created to give YouTube pages a Google+ profile page feel. The new design brought with it a featured banner at the top of the page, and a trailer video for visitors that have not yet subscribed to a creators channel.

The YouTube One Channel platform was released in beta but is now available to all YouTube users.

Speaking about the new release product manager Jeb Havens writes on the YouTube blog:

“The main focus of this update is to make your new channel look great on browsers across all screens and devices.  It will also help you convert more visitors into subscribers with a slot for a channel trailer, and you can customize how you organize your videos and playlists so it fits your programming strategy.” read more

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