Posts tagged as Twitter

SEO and the Filter Bubble

Posted by on the 7th of May 2013 | Comments

A significant pillar of search engine optimisation [SEO] has always been relevance. Delving deeper into present-day search algorithms however, has revealed a development that surely challenges the SEO principles we’re all accustomed to.

Consider this: invisible search engine filters ensure that you and I receive tailored, and therefore, very different SERPs when we individually do a Google search on the topic of, for example, the Gupta family (see the screenshot below for my results; share yours with me).

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Facebook To Charge For Private Messaging?

Posted by on the 26th of March 2013 | Comments

This morning the office was abuzz with talk of Facebook’s latest change – seems the company has rolled out preliminary testing on their messaging service. Basically, should you wish to send a private message to someone who is not a connection, Facebook will charge you anywhere from $1 (approx. R9,46) to deliver your message. If you don’t pay, your message will be sent to that recipients spam folder.

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I tried to test this today by sending a message to a colleague who is not a friend on Facebook, and my message went through just fine. So although this testing phase has been rolled out in South Africa, it’s clearly only to a percentage of the South African users, for now.

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SXSW: Behaviour on the Internet

Posted by on the 18th of March 2013 | Comments

The majority of all the sessions I attended had one key point – explaining how humans behave on the web, and how we can take “advantage” of that behavior.

Sounds easy, but it seems most of us, as much as we use the web, take little notice of the finer human nuances to how people share, gather, read and talk. In a talk about cyber bullying with the creators of itgetsbetter.org, they highlighted the fact that in certain communities people enjoy being anonymous. This simple human truth – that we all have secrets and don’t necessarily share everything with everyone – is why many LGBT forums exist, allowing people to come together in a closed community and talk about their challenges or fears. Community, even in anonymity, is strong.

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SXSW: Social Media and TV

Posted by on the 11th of March 2013 | Comments

A big discussion point at SXSW is the learning and innovation around social and television. The US pretty much leads the entertainment business and their social media integration into their television series, reality, sports and news has been quick to market. Stepping back to look at trends and what has worked @jdeeringdavis shared her insight, as well learning’s from the social team at WWE.

The most tweeted about categories are still Reality TV, Sports, Series and One time special events. Interesting insights:

– Reality TV & One Time Events – The selection of hosts and the conversations around them show there to be more conversation on social media than the actual contestants. This could be a strategy from the producers

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Google Tips To Yield Better Results

Claire Volker Posted by on the 6th of March 2013 | Comments

We’ve often heard that if it can’t be found on the first page of Google, then it doesn’t exist. Believe it or not, it does. I have identified several ways to optimise your searches on Google – through Boolean Operators, Phrase Searching and Google Search Tools.

If you’re searching for something specific the following tips will yield better results:

1. “Word word word”: This search will yield pages containing the exact search phrase you have placed in inverted commas. For example, if I had typed “Panda bear on a tree” into the search bar, only items with that exact wording would have shown up.
2. ‘-word’: The hyphen lets Google know you want this word excluded. I wanted to search for pandas, but I didn’t want to search red pandas, so I added the ‘-‘ before the word ‘red’.

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Death Of The Mobile TweetDeck

Zahira Kharsany Posted by on the 5th of March 2013 | Comments

If you use TweetDeck via your mobile device or through an app, take note: Twitter announced recently that they will no longer be developing and updating their TweetDeck mobile and computer apps using the API version 1.0 . In other words, use the web-based version or the latest Mac and PC version or nothing at all.

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Batemanology

Cerebra Posted by on the 26th of February 2013 | Comments

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Download the full pdf here

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Social Media Cheat sheet

Cerebra Posted by on the 19th of February 2013 | Comments

It’s sometimes tricky to keep up with the sizing conventions on the different social networks. How big is a profile pic vs an avatar? How much of my content will actually be seen? How should I design a Twitter background etc etc.

Never fear! In the interests of reducing stress levels and making all community managers smile, the Cerebra team have produced a social media cheat sheet for Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

It has all the pic, avatar and background sizes as well as associated text limitations. Print it, stick it on your wall and smile 🙂

You’re welcome.

Download the full pdf here

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From Facebook, To Beyond

Posted by on the 4th of February 2013 | Comments

Last week, Twitter wished me a happy 4th birthday. 4! That’s like 100 in social media year’s right? It was this 140-character message that made me realise that in social media years, I am getting old. If I’m already four in Twitter years, then surely my Facebook profile must be reaching its retirement age?

As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But being a typical generation Y gal, I thrive on all things new, fresh and exciting and therefore decided it was time to scope out a batch of new social media platforms to play around on. I’m not saying goodbye to the original Big 5 (according to socialbaker.com Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Linkedin, Pinterest are the most popular social networking sites) I’m just suggesting we see what else is out there.

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Confessions of a Content and Community Manager – 3 tips to help you steal content.

Reece Jacobsen Posted by on the 30th of January 2013 | Comments

There is a difference between being influenced by content and stealing content. T.S. Eliot summed this up when he wrote, “The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different from that from which it was torn.”

As a content manager, I relish the creative process behind developing unique ideas for content. I don’t steal content, but this does not mean I am not influenced by other content that I see. Here are three quick tips to help you steal content and keep your dignity.

1) Forget Originality
Once you realise that nothing is original, you alleviate the pressure of having to come up with something completely new.

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Confessions of a Content and Community Manager – More than words

Reece Jacobsen Posted by on the 28th of January 2013 | Comments

“Why do Content and Community Managers have their own appreciation day? All they ever do is write status updates and tweets and respond to queries.”

Well, you see, that’s where you are wrong already. Community managers need a repertoire of skills beyond an impressive vocabulary. Let’s take a quick look at the clubs a Community Manager needs to have in the bag, if they are going to successfully finish level par or better.

Linguists:

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Demystifying Online Reputation Management

Posted by on the 19th of November 2012 | Comments

A Q&A between Keenan Harduth (Head of ORM) and John Beale (Head of Strategy)

######1. What exactly does ORM stand for?######

* Online Reputation Management

######2. That’s nice, but what does it mean and what does it actually do?######

* The ORM process lets you listen to the thousands of conversations happening online, measure sentiment – which affects reputation and lets you take a look at the people who mention your brand. It’s like stalking on steroids. And with pie charts.
* It let’s you know what your brand looks like online, and what you can do to change or maintain that.

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