Pinterest in the present time

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No questions – Pinterest is popular. Over 30 billion pins – talk about bookmarks!  There are more than 750 million boards (topics). Traffic comes from mobile. But what is the rate of decay? Or maybe it doesn’t matter – maybe people are following and pinning for the present moment only. Pinterest doubles total number of […]

Google’s search results and the title tag

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Matt Cutts revealed in a video when and why Google will write its own title for a web page rather than use the title tag on the page. I hope that means it will replace the long titles that go past 65 characters. Google’s Matt Cutts: Why Google Will Ignore Your Page Title Tag & […]

What is LinkedIn For?

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LinkedIn has been with us for 11 years as a professional social network. There are 300 million members, of whom about two-thirds log in once a month. Why? What value do members get? Why LinkedIn is morphing from a social network into an online newspaper, Leo Mirani, Quartz (May 1) Common view is that it […]

Google buys UK retail forecasting firm Rangespan

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Internet giant Google has bought Rangespan, a UK start-up that uses data science to help retailers determine which products to sell and when. Founded in 2011 in London by former Amazon employees, Rangespan is the third UK start-up to be acquired by Google this year. On its website, Rangespan wrote: “We are very happy to […]

Amazon launches shopping via Twitter

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Online retailer Amazon has announced a partnership with Twitter that allows users to add products to their shopping carts by tweeting a special hashtag. They can do so by replying to tweets containing a link to an Amazon product with #amazoncart in the US and #amazonbasket in the UK. Users will still need to go […]

Warning over unintentional file leak from storage sites

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People using file storage services, such as Dropbox and Box, are being warned that they are at risk of inadvertently leaking their own files. Intralinks – which is a competitor – said it found sensitive files, such as mortgage records. The problem centred on the use of the services’ sharing function that generated a public […]

Twitter tries out ‘mute’ feature for irritating tweets

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Twitter is trialling a feature in its mobile apps that allows users to mute accounts that are becoming irritating. Unlike the block function, which is designed to stop communications with an undesirable user completely, muting is intended to be temporary. It will mean users can block out people who, for example, live tweet football matches […]