All posts by Matt Southern

Google Authorship Pictures In Search Results Are Going Away by @mattsouthern

The Google Authorship pictures that we’ve grown accustomed to seeing in search results are about to go away. Google’s John Mueller detailed this change in an announcement on Google+: We’ve been doing lots of work to clean up the visual design of our search results… As a part of this, we’re simplifying the way authorship is shown in mobile and desktop search results, removing the profile photo and circle count.  Mueller also explains that removing authorship pictures from search results has not had a significant effect on click-through rates: “Our experiments indicate that click-through behavior on this new less-cluttered design […]

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Facebook Releases New Version Of Pages Manager For iOS and Android by @mattsouthern

Facebook announced on their Facebook For Businesss blog that they have released an updated version the Pages Manager application for iOS and Android. Facebook Page owners will appreciate the new features as they include easier access to thing Page Owners need every day, such as tools for managing the page, and better navigation to the page activity and insights section. The updated version of the app also has more immediate access to the action bar, where page owners can compose posts, add photos, edit their pages, and perform other tasks. One of the key new features that Page owners have […]

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Google Is Testing Their Own Domain Registration Service by @mattsouthern

It’s 2014, and 55% of small businesses still don’t have a website, according to research conducted by Google. As a result, Google has begun exploring ways to help small businesses succeed online. Every small business’s online presence begins with a website, which of course needs to be accessed with a domain name. Google recently announced they will be inviting a small number of people to test out a new service called Google Domains. Google Domains is a domain registration service that’s still in the process of being built. With Google Domains, businesses will be able to search, find, purchase and […]

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Diane Von Furstenberg Introduces High Fashion Frames For Google Glass by @mattsouthern

First, Google introduced the Google Glass Titanium Collection. Then they teamed up with the makers of Ray Ban and Oakley to add more style to the Google Glass design. Now there’s yet another option for fashion conscious men and women who want to invest in Google Glass technology but haven’t been taken by any of the designs introduced thus far. Net-A-Porter, who calls themselves “the world’s premier online luxury fashion destination”, just introduced a selection of limited edition Google Glass products designed by Diane von Furstenberg. In addition to selling the features of Google Glass, Net-A-Porter offers the following description of […]

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Facebook To Improve Rankings Of Videos That Are Uploaded Directly by @mattsouthern

Twice as many watch videos on Facebook now compared to six months ago, Facebook executives said in an announcement today, which is why there’s about to be an improvement to how videos are ranked in the News Feed. More specifically, there will be an improvement to the rankings of videos that people and Pages upload directly to Facebook. Facebook wants to better understand what videos people are interested in watching, and ensure that relevant videos appear more prominently in the News Feed. The improvement we are making today considers whether someone has watched a video and for how long they watched it. We’re […]

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Snapchat’s Most Popular Feature Isn’t Actually Snaps by @mattsouthern

The Verge reports that Snapchat’s most popular feature is no longer self-destructing, private snapshots. On the contrary, its most popular feature is actually the most public and least temporary. Snapchat’s Stories are now viewed with greater frequency each day than snaps are, up to one billion stories are viewed each day in fact. If you’re not familiar with what Stories are, it’s a feature that launched late last year that lets users create compilations of snaps, viewable for 24 hours. Stories, like snaps, can only be viewed by friends. However, there is a setting you can change that would let […]

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Google Announces Update To The Google Shopping Feed Specification by @mattsouthern

Google announced yesterday, via the Inside AdWords blog, that they have issued an update to the Google Shopping Products Feed Specification. This update is designed to to provide merchants with more flexibility when organizing product data, and in turn reach more shoppers. It’s important to note that some of the updates require changes to your current product data that need to be implemented by September 30, 2014. Here’s what’s new in this update:  Mobile landing page links should be submitted separately to direct mobile shoppers to the right experience Merchant-defined custom bundles, such as a camera with additional case and lens, […]

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Now You Can Search For Music On Google And Play It Directly In Your Favorite App by @mattsouthern

Today, Google announced a change they have introduced to the mobile search experience on Android devices in the US. Starting today, when you search for musicians or bands you will have the option to play their music in an app of your choice by clicking a link in the search results. When you look up musicians and bands on Google, you often want to play their songs right away. Say you’re curious about your favorite pop artist’s latest hits, or you’re with friends chatting about the newest indie rock group and want to play some of their music. Starting today, when […]

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LinkedIn Releases A New iOS App For Job Seekers by @mattsouthern

Today, LinkedIn released a new app called LinkedIn Job Search which is now available on iOS in the US. Using the new app, users can browse, search for, and submit applications for jobs. The app features location-based search and personalized notifications. Job seekers will receive notifications from the app when jobs they’ve viewed are about to expire, when a recruiter has viewed their application, and other notifications that are relevant to the user’s job search. Based on your LinkedIn profile, the app can also recommend jobs it believes you’re suited for. You will also get recommendations based on job listings […]

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Twitter Now Supports Animated GIFs: Why This Is Good For Marketers by @mattsouthern

Twitter made an announcement today that many of us have all been waiting for: You can now share and view animated GIFs on Twitter.com and on Twitter’s iOS and Android apps. The announcement came in the form of a tweet from Twitter’s Support team, and appropriately enough it included an animated GIF as well. Starting today, you can share and view animated GIFs on http://t.co/wJD8Fp317i, Android and iPhone. http://t.co/XBrAbOm4Ya — Twitter Support (@Support) June 18, 2014 Previously, if you wanted to share a GIF on Twitter, you had to upload it to a third-party (like Imgur) and then share the […]

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