Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great week. One of the most talked about news this week undoubtedly comes from Twitter’s “apparent” moves to bring users closer to their own home. Recent announcements include, among other things, Twitter removing the “via stamp” from web clients, and blocking access to find friends on other services such as Instagram , Tumblr, etc. If some of you were using that “via stamp” as a means of improving your online reputation and/or branding, that’s gone.
— Jolie O’Dell (@jolieodell) August 27, 2012
In addition, they have announced the launch of their “Twitter Certified Products” program. Three certifications are now available, these being, engagement, analytics and data reseller certified partners, respectively. For now, there are only 12 official partners announced, Hootsuite, being the only app certified for sending tweets on dedicated streams. This is really bad news for all those Twitter clients, services, developers, etc., that are relying on Twitter for their business. Anyway, based on all these uncertainties, I will probably steer away from any 3rd party client, free or paid, that are not “certified by Twitter. What do you think about this move?
But its not all about Twitter. Ecommerce store builder Limited Run recently claimed that “80% Of Facebook Ad Clicks Were From Bots“, a scary thought. While there is no “confirmation” (no denying either) about this from FaceBook, this kind of news can not simply be ignored. Anyway, if you run or thinking of running some ads on FaceBook, you might want to read that article first, just in case.
And finally, I am sure that you heard about Google’s announcement to soon “take down” sites that have received repeated copyright notifications, from the SERPs. Just in case, you should know that they are drilling hard on this and will go the extra mile of “banning” AdSense accounts that are equally infringing copyright material. On an official announcement, they say, … “We’d like to take a moment to explain the AdSense policies regarding copyrighted material and provide some tips on how to comply with them.”
BTW, don’t forget to watch SEOMoz’s video below about “Ten Painless Tactics To Earn Attention On Twitter – Whiteboard Friday”.
As usual, in no particular order:
Content Marketing/Small Business Bites
- Guest Blogging – Enough is Enough (the guest blog bubble)
- 4 Pitches That Any Respectable Blogger Will Always Ignore
- What Your Sidebar Actually Needs
- SellFire – Affiliate Data Feeds and Online Store Made Easy
- The Granola-Munching Hippie’s Guide to All-Natural SEO
- Internet Marketers Top SEO, Keyword and Social Media Tools (shameless promotion – but worth looking at)
- My 10-Step Strategy for Getting 1,000+ Views on EVERY Blog Post
- SEO Basics: When Your Domain & Homepage Are Not The Same
Social Web/Other Cool Stuff
- How to Effectively Create a Google+ Following of 10,000 Engaged Fans
- Facebook To Remove Fake Likes
- Google+ Tools for Business: This Week in Social Media
- What Goldman Sachs joining Twitter tells us about Social Media
Ten Painless Tactics To Earn Attention On Twitter
That’s it! Enjoy and have a great weekend.