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friday 14 January 2022 Web Stories2022-01-14
Looks like a new test where you get a Carousel under the label Location for searches that trigger a location panel for a business.
YouTube is considering carrying a popular YouTube Music feature over to the main app.
The latest addition to the platform’s youtube.com/new hub, where it lets Premium members sign up to test experimental features, is “smart downloads.”
This feature detects when users are connected to wi-fi and uses that connection to download up to 20 recommended videos per week to their device. The idea is to create a kind of automatic backup so users will still have content to watch if they happen to lose internet and/or cell service.
A competition legal expert, backed by a powerful litigation fund, is set to mount a multibillion-dollar class action suit against Facebook/Meta for breach of competition law on the basis that it abused its dominance of social networking in the U.K. for several years. If successful, the action would see Facebook having to pay $3.1 billion (£2.3 billion) in damages to Facebook U.K. users.
The class action lawsuit was lodged against Meta, Facebook’s parent company, yesterday with the U.K.’s Competition Appeal Tribunal in London.
The unusual approach claims Facebook should pay its 44 million U.K. users compensation for the exploitation of their data between 2015 and 2019.
The IndexNow protocol ensures that all URLs submitted by webmasters to any IndexNow-enabled search engine immediately get submitted to all other similar search engines like Yandex. Google does not support this initiative for now.
Some users are seeing examples of Google grouping local results with carousels. In the case of restaurants, you see things like
- Group Friendly dining
- Best Dinner
- Best dinner with kids
From the look of it, it’s not for general queries but can also show up for branded searches.
Grammarly has built an impressive $35M+ content moat based partly on the simple fact users forget and will rely on Google instead of their own brains. Entire marketing strategies are built on the premise that we are going to forget something we just read. And they are beating out entrenched companies like Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.com on their way to a $13B valuation.
Some tips on how to take an axe to non-performing content on your site using Google Search Console and Google Sheets.
Good news for Twitter Spaces broadcasters – today, Twitter has announced that all Spaces hosts can now record their chats, on both iOS and Android devices. The functionality provides additional value for your Spaces content, which can now be re-shared to generate more interest, while it will also facilitate broader re-purposing considerations.
Meta Outlines Policy Requirements for Businesses Looking to Advertise and Sell on its Platformssocialmediatoday.com
As it seeks to expand its push into online shopping, Meta has shared a reminder of its various eCommerce and shopping policies, which apply to all businesses and individuals that are looking to sell products and services in its apps, either through Facebook and Instagram Shops, via Facebook Pages or IG profiles, or on Facebook Marketplace.
Facebook is failing to tackle fake review ‘factories’ with hundreds of thousands of members, according to a new report.
Consumer group Which? says the groups are offering refunds for Amazon products in exchange for five-star reviews, against Amazon’s terms and conditions.
It uncovered 18 Facebook groups with a total of more than 200,000 members, some dating as far back as 2011 and 2014 – despite Facebook’s repeated pledges to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that it would crack down on this type of activity on its platform.
Within minutes of joining the Facebook groups, researchers were offered hundreds of free Amazon items, from dog beds to web cams, in exchange for five-star reviews.
Looks like there is a new way to showcase your pin ideas in the app.
Pinterest Shares New Insights into How Men are Using the App in their Shopping Journeyssocialmediatoday.com
While Pinterest’s audience is predominantly female, male usage has been steadily growing, with the platform now reaching some 27% of US men aged 25 to 54. Today, Pinterest has published some new insights into male Pinner usage, and how men vary in their use of the app versus other users, in order to help marketers better plan and strategize their male Pinner outreach.
IndexNow is a protocol developed by Microsoft Bing and adopted by Yandex that enables webmasters and SEO pros to easily notify search engines when a webpage has been updated via an API.
Using Python for automating URL submission to the IndexNow API or making an API request to the IndexNow API for bulk URL indexing can make managing IndexNow more efficient for you.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to do just that, with step-by-step instructions for using the IndexNow API to submit URLs to Microsoft Bing in bulk with Python.
A decision by Austria’s data protection watchdog upholding a complaint against a website related to its use of Google Analytics does not bode well for use of US cloud services in Europe.
The decision raises a big red flag over routine use of tools that require transferring Europeans’ personal data to the US for processing — with the watchdog finding that IP address and identifiers in cookie data are the personal data of site visitors, meaning these transfers fall under the purview of EU data protection law.
In this specific case, an IP address “anonymization” function had not been properly implemented on the website. But, regardless of that technical wrinkle, the regulator found IP address data to be personal data given the potential for it to be combined — like a “puzzle piece” — with other digital data to identify a visitor.
Consequently the Austrian DPA found that the website in question — a health focused site called netdoktor.at, which had been exporting visitors’ data to the US as a result of implementing Google Analytics — had violated Chapter V of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which deals with data transfers out of the bloc.