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FEATURED ARTICLE — July 31st, 2014

Facebook’s Staggering Popularity: How it Woos the Masses

Facebook – since 2003, it’s steadily become the social network the world loves to hate. And yet it’s insanely popular, despite a near-constant barrage of negative feedback. From stream manipulation to increasingly shady revenue tactics, Facebook has never been shy about doing things precisely the way it chooses to. Nor has it been demure about being a profit-making machine. So why do millions of people continue to flock to the site every day?

In short, Facebook has been brilliant about giving the people what they want. Unlike any other social network, Facebook has a multitude of options and features to meet the needs of just about anyone. From socializing to games, advertising to creative expression, there’s a nearly never-ending list of things to do on the site,
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Network Trailblazer: A Conversation with Jeremiah Owyang

Jeremiah Owyang is the Chief Catalyst at Crowd Companies, a brand council that aims to help big companies navigate the collaborative economy. Amy Cortese talked with him about the Collaborative Economy and how large companies are responding. Amy Cortese: […]
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Google Hangouts Gets Made Over for Business

Google Hangouts is showing its serious side with a number of improvements and a deeper integration into Google Apps for Business suite. The changes come as the technology company attempts to woo business users with a revamped platform to meet all of their […]
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Data Usage a Mystery to Customers: Report

Many people have no clue how much data they’re using when it comes to either their Internet or their wireless device. That information came forward Tuesday in the form of a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report […]

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Search Engines — What’s In and What’s Out

There’s lots of chatter in my industry about the future of search engines and how Google’s new algorithms are changing the landscape of how business owners work to keep and improve their website’s placement on Google. What seems apparent to me is […]
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Google SERP Displays Change Again

Do you ever get the feeling Google changes things up just to toss SEOs off guard? In late June, the company announced it was scrapping parts of the popular Google Authorship program, frustrating marketers who liked the credibility and search advantages […]
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A Web Design Firm Gets SEO/Conversion Pointers

It was a unique experience for a group of web designers and copywriters to review a site about web design and copywriting. Sometimes it’s easier to spot areas of improvement on other’s sites. The recommendations made for Words & Images could easily […]

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LinkedIn Makes Mobile Profiles More Tantalizing

LinkedIn is making introductions a little more personable via mobile with amped up profiles that it promises will make you “look ridiculously good.” The new profile styles tells your story to anyone who searches for you on their Smartphone or iPad. […]
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Yelp Adds Video Function to Review Site

Yelp is turning to video to enable users of its site to personalize their reviews. The online review site has updated its iPhone app to give its users the chance to post three- to 12-second video reviews of local eateries, hotspots and other businesses. Visuals […]
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Facebook Not Alone : OKCupid Admits to Experimentation

Facebook is not the only site experimenting on its users — online dating site OKCupid also does so — and does so unapologetically. Experimentation goes hand-in-hand with Internet use — that’s just the way it is, the company says. “We noticed […]

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Top Five Warning Signs That Tell You When to Redesign Your Site

Website technology is constantly evolving. That is because website redesign is a necessity especially for businesses whose brand, label, products, and services rely on online marketing and whose customers, leads and prospects are mostly online. The question […]
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Is There Any Money in Web Design?

Is there any money in web design? Well not as much as you would think. Web design is a great industry to get into and, if you have the skills and knowledge of running a business, then perhaps you can make it happen — perhaps. The industry has become […]
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Effective SEO Tips for Small Businesses

Every small business with an online presence has to deal with the issue of SEO. Most, however, haven’t a clue where to begin. As you delve into the topic across the endless articles on the subject, a feeling of being overwhelmed can easily taint […]

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Seven Basic (Yet Important) Things Your WordPress Blog Should Have

When you are first starting a blog, it is quite easy to forget about the basics. Your focus is churning out post after post, sharing the posts on social media, creating links to the posts and monetizing the blog. Most new bloggers completely forget about […]
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BlackBerry to Acquire German Encryption Firm Secusmart GmbH

BlackBerry’s security offerings are receiving a boost as the Canadian Smartphone maker prepares to purchase German voice and data encryption specialist Secusmart GmbH. The acquisition is a good move for BlackBerry, which is renewing its focus on clients […]
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Facebook to Axe Mobile App Messaging, Push Messenger App

Facebook is moving ahead with its plans this week to eliminate messaging from its mobile app in favor of  Facebook Messenger. Facebook Messenger The social network first tested the change on its European users beginning in April. The test rendered “positive […]

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