May 14, 2013
Google is about to enter the world of online streaming music. According to reports from The Verge and the Wall Street Journal the software giant will roll out the new feature for both Google Play and YouTube users.
While Google’s software platforms ranging from Gmail and Google Maps to Google Docs and Google.com continue to receive praise the company has failed to keep up with its competitors in terms of media offerings.
To reach a level playing field with Apple and Amazon the company reportedly signed licensing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. Those two media conglomerates make up a large portion of the mainstream music market and are considered must have partners for any serious online streaming partner. read more
Tags: Google, Google I/O Conference, Google Streaming Music, Streaming Music
In the world of SEO and link building there are two separate camps. Those in the white-hat link building camp and those in the black-hat link building camp. Those in the white-hat camp choose to employ strategies and techniques that are generally accepted within the SEO community and believed to adhere to the qualifications of proper link building practices as determined by Google’s search algorithm. Those who perpetrate black-hat link building tactics attempt to game and manipulate this algorithm for faster easier results. In 2013, the division between white-hat and black-hat link building practices has become more clear and easier to discern. Link building in 2013 is certainly different from what old school pros may have gotten used to. read more
Tags: link building, SEO
May 13, 2013
Twitter on Monday announced the acquisition of big data analytics firm Lucky Sort.
Lucky Sort is a firm that focuses on natural language data-mining and visualization tools that are used by various online partners.
The company StockTwits is powered in large part by the data provided from the Lucky Sort system.
Lucky Sort will begin to shut down its services over the next few months and the company’s employees will transition to new roles at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters.
Tags: Lucky Sort, Twitter, Twitter Acquires Lucky Sort
Interviews have the potential to be so much more than just another element to add to your blog. When conducted correctly, an interview can produce a post that is truly one-of-a-kind and unique within your niche. Crafting quality interviews require care, consideration and these 5 essentials. read more
Tags: blogging tips, Interviews
May 10, 2013
In a world that is chock full of bloggers on every topic and in every niche imaginable, staying ahead of the curve is crucial if you want to be one of the more successful web workers among them. There are a number of things that you can do in order to stay ahead of the pack, but none is as useful as attending any one of the many blogging meetups and conferences that take place around the world every year.
Improve your skills, learn from your peers, and grow your contact list, all in the name of more success, with any one of these five blogging meetups to come in the summer of 2013: read more
Tags: Atlanta, blog, Canada, Meetup, New York City, vancouver, Washington, WordPress
May 9, 2013
Dos Equis was the beer of choice for Cinco de Mayo, at least that was the case on Twitter where it racked up the most social media mentions.
Social media management software company Expion examined all brand mentions for top beer brands and found that between April 24 and May 6 the Dos Equis brand was the top mentioned beer product.
The marketing geniuses at the beer manufacturer were helped along by the ‘Dos de Mayo’ campaign which helped it earn 4,746 brand mention. The next closest mexican beer manufacturer was Corono with 464 mentions.
According to Expion CMO Mike Heffring:
“For consistency’s sake, Expion is tracking only @ mentions of each brand, which may be why some of the numbers seem low. We feel that @ mentions are the best representation of users engaging or responding with the brand messages.” read more
Tags: Cinco de Mayo, Dos Equis, Social Media Mentions
May 8, 2013
Foursquare on Wednesday launched an updated iOS app that offers incentives when users share their check-in insights on Facebook and Twitter.
In describing the new app update Foursquare says:
“Love checking in and seeing that you’ve passed your record for weeks in a row at the gym? Now we’ve made it easier to share the insights you see after you check in on Twitter, Facebook, and more. Just tap the share button to show off your 30-week gym streak, an awesome special that you unlocked, or a great tip from a friend.”
When a user checks in they are shown how many similar businesses they have checked into recently and now data from their account can be shared with a users social networks. read more
Tags: Foursquare, Foursquare Check-in Incentives, Foursquare Incentives, Foursquare iOS Update
Twitter launched Twitter #Music about a fortnight ago, a new service and app to discover new artists and music through Twitter. The system uses a platform which was acquired last year by Twitter, oWeAreHunted, but has been refined and expanded through integration with Spotify and Rdio, two large music streaming services.
Currently, the system extracts songs from iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio, but other sources will be added in the future. By default, users can only listen to short snippet of songs – 30 seconds – directly from iTunes but for Rdio and Spotify, you will need to use your credentials to log in. Based on the recent acquisition of “We Are Hunted” by Twitter, the system will help us to discover new songs and artists based on custom criteria, including the artists followed by us or our followers. read more
Tags: iTunes, Rdio, Social Music, Spotify, Twitter
May 6, 2013
We are huge fans of technology at The Blog Herald and after years of following the top trends in tech we get the importance of understanding the industries we enter.
The team at Potomac College recently examined the most sought after degrees in business and as expected they can all offer something to enterprising up and comers in the connected space.
As anyone who has ever started a new website can tell you there is a degree of entrepreneurship that can’t be understated. From learning about online marketing to building partnerships with other company’s to developing a strategic point of attack for your content or products, understanding how to build a business is an important first step. read more
Tags: Business Degrees, Business Degress and Online Work, Popular Business Degrees
Who isn’t on Facebook these days? We’re all connected and joined together with pictures, status updates and a whole lot more – and most of us do it without an inkling of the perils that we face on the social media network, day in and day out. Facebook gets a lot of flak for being unsafe for kids, adding to an employer’s woes, and even messing up a relationship or two – and not without reason.
The social media giant has boomed in the last half decade or so, with more than a billion users to its name. The magnitude of the impact it can have on people has not gone unnoticed. The harmful stats are sure to throw anyone for a loop. From Facebook depression to stalkers, from a loss of productivity to slander – the problems that are part and parcel of the social media network are aplenty. read more
Tags: Facebook, Infographics, social networks