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A Welcome Invasion

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Amanda Lee Smith of web agency Domain7 recently shared a great list of seven web trends that the company’s design, development and strategy teams have on their radar: Content marketing completes invasion of SEO Responsive goes mainstream Content lives beyond design From “mobile first” to “mobile only” HTML integration takes down “walled gardens” Tradesies! Surveywalls get info formore »

How To Get E-Mail Alerts When Your Website Is Mentioned on Google+

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Jesse Stay (author of Google+ for Dummies and the forthcoming Google+ Marketing For Dummies) recently wrote a helpful post on how to get notified when someone mentions or links to your website on Google+.  This is a great guide on how to setup your Google Analytics account to send email alerts when your social sources activity stream… more »

Quora Crush

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Just a short post today about one of my current favourite websites: Quora. In the year that I was off on mat leave, Quora rose to immense popularity. When I came back to work, I quickly set up an account and started following a few different topics of professional and personal interest to me (SEO, cooking, British royalty – I… more »

Could You Quit Social Media for a Month?

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I know this idea isn’t new. I wrote about this sort of thing a couple months ago. I guess it’s because it continues to intrigue me! Inspired by this article on Lifehacker, one of my Twitter buddies proclaimedGoodbye July“: he’s signing off of Twitter and Facebook for a month, in an effort to revitalize his… more »

So Long ‘T’: Twitter’s New Branding

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As of today, Twitter is introducing a new simplified bird icon that will now replace the original version (and the ‘T’) on all their official buttons and branding. It’s a little tricky to tell looking at the ‘Tweet This’ button above, but when looking at larger images, the differences between the old and new designs are quite striking: From more »

Personal vs. Professional Online Identities

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Lifehacker recently covered the issue of whether to keep your personal and professional identities separate online.  Oh boy. I was glad to see this post, because I think about it all the time. Alan Henry outlines the pros and cons of doing things either way and makes the case for using different networks for different aspects of your identity.… more »

The Symbol of a Movement?

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Jim Stogdill has gone on a media diet. He’s removed all the apps from his smart phone. He doesn’t turn his computer on until lunch. And even when he turns it on, he sometimes turns the Wi-Fi off so that he doesn’t get tempted to “just check that one thing”.  He’s thinking of getting a T-shirt made with this… more »

What makes a YouTube video go viral?

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48 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute. Why does some of it go viral? Kevin Allocca, Trends Manager at YouTube, recently gave a TED talk that sheds some light on this subject. According to Allocca, three key things contribute to videos going viral. The first is the tastemaker factor – often,… more »

Does Pinterest Have a Place in Law?

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Have you heard about the latest social media darling, image-sharing site Pinterest? For a website that only rose to popularity over the past year, it sure has gained an enormous following: Hitwise reported the site was getting 11 million visits a week in December 2011. Looking at it another way, the site must be a big deal… more »