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Linked – Will Facebook’s new algorithm destroy its relationships with brands?

“It recommends that Page owners also add targeting – a paid campaign — to their posts to boost reach. It recommends other paid for options such as boosting posts and using Facebook ads to publicise discounts and promotions. This algorithm change will impact businesses with small marketing budgets who can not afford to pay for…

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Linked – I’m calling it: Social networking is over

“Content creators can and do evolve to make articles, videos, photos and podcasts more distracting and attention-grabbing. But your family and friends on Facebook aren’t getting any better at making their status updates more attention-grabbing. And so social networking is being outrun by a universe of professional attention-grabbers. The attention economy is a Darwinian, survival-of-the-fittest…

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Could Tracking and Customized Search Results Influence an Election?

I’m beginning to wonder. First, consider this TED talk bout how customization in search results has led to “filter bubbles” where we are only being directed to information we already tend to agree with. Then consider how much influence Google has over search results, and how often they make algorithm changes that no one really…

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Google Not Loving Blogs So Much

Now I know it’s not just me. Nate Hoffelder’s article came across in my wanderings this week, commenting on a post he had read by Marco Arment about search traffic, or rather the lack of search traffic. (Follow the links in both articles too, for more on the topic!) Basically, they’ve been noticing a drop…

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Crowd Sourcing Could Be a Dangerous Way to Measure

Hmm it was just last week that I expressed some concerns over Facebook’s plan to start flagging false information using a simple crowd sourced method; If enough people flag it, it must be false, right? Then I discovered something even scarier to think about from this story: How a Lone Hacker Shredded the Myth of…

Will Your Posts Get Hoax-Flagged Due to the Mob?

When I first read that Facebook, and others, would start adding a bit to the algorithm to try and eliminate scams, and other false information, from my newsfeed I was excited about it. How many times have I logged into Facebook and seen dozens of falsehoods like the claim of copyright status, or ridiculous news…