Yelp is in hot water. One would think that such a web-savvy company would watch its own reputation. Seems not, if the items in this Make-Use-Of report are true.
Yelp Can’t Be Trusted: Try One Of These Alternatives Now by Joel Lee, Make Use Of (Oct 1)
Alternatives for local restaurant recommendations in Canada include: FourSquare, UrbanSpoon, TripAdvisor, and Google+ Local. These are mostly international. There are also several others that are for the US.
Mary Ellen Bates has tips for Seriously Searching Social in this latest slideshow presented at Websearch University, September 29. First – be reminded that online social networks are to be used strategically . She shows settings to use at Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+. Next she covers the Dos and Don’ts of searching social and reviews several strategies.
It appears that people aren’t using Google+ to link to web pages in their postings. This analysis of referral traffic puts Google+ at .08% in March 2014, with only Linked In being even smaller at .04%. Facebook was 21.56%.
Google+ At 3 Years Old: Not A Ghost Town, But A Social Referral Graveyard, by Martin Beck, Marketing Land (Jun 27)
Publishers will include the G+ button for sharing, but it’s not being used much. Google’s announcement that it doesn’t use social signals in Google+ to boost rankings suggests limited interest.
Slideshare is an excellent method of quickly getting an overview or an update through viewing presentations. Finding and following presentations of most interest just got easier by the addition of categories. There are abut 40 of these from arts and photos, to career, to travel.
Follow Our Categories to Get the SlideShares You Want, John Loot, Slideshare blog (June 4)
Explore these from your homepage in Slideshare (requires registration) using the Explore button. Then Follow or use more Filters.
Exploring categories in Slideshare
Twitter provides an easy way to search timelines and lists. Click on the timelines filter in the left panel, to see results on the right.
Twitter Quietly Adds Search For Timelines & Lists by Matt McGee, Search Engine Land (Apr 11)
Search Twitter – Timelines and List
Twitter is rolling out a Facebook-like design of user profiles – announced on the Twitter Blog – Coming soon: a whole new you, in your Twitter profile – one more thing to gussy up with a photo.
Twitter Rolls Out Its Facebook-Like Profile Redesign, Stan Schroeder, Mashable (Apr 8)
The new profile features a larger user photo and customizable header image. Twitter highlights your tweets that have the most engagement by displaying them slightly larger than the rest. You can also pin one of your tweets to the top of the page.
Twitter will look different after today: everybody freak out , by Shane Dingman, Globe and Mail (Apr 8)
But the reality is, not many people visit the profile page. Most action on Twitter is mobile, and most of that is in its app, and these changes will not affect those experiences. This is essentially a play for desktop Web, and it’s fair to say the old profile was looking a little … er, 2009-ish.
Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ support some use of Boolean operators. Twitter is the strongest – even has near. Google+ is good. Need to use workarounds for Facebook. Read the article – very useful.
How Boolean Search Improves Your Social Media Monitoring, Kelsey Jones, Social Media Examiner (Mar 31)
[Thanks to Research Buzz]
Twitter improved search by filters – now supporting people, photos, videos, news, people you follow, and people near you. There is still the advanced search for words, phrases, hashtags, people, and places.
People, Videos, News: Twitter Adds New Search Filters, by Greg Sterling, Search Engine Land (Jan 29)
Topsy, an excellent social search engine for finding and analyzing tweets, has been bought by Apple.
Topsy could help fill in Apple’s big hole — big data, Derrick Harris, GigaOm (Dec 2)
It’s all about the data – Google and Microsoft have lots, and Apple very little.
“Topsy claims its search database contains more than 475 billion tweets, videos, images, pins and other social data elements included by Twitter users in their updates.” (Source)
Hshtags – new search engine in beta for searching across the social media universe by hashtag. Can filter by type of message (text, video, image), and platform. Another way to do research or simply play with for serendipitous discoveries.
This new search engine is being called ‘the Google of social media’ Molly McHugh, Digital Trends (Nov 20)