Google Turns 15, Hummingbird Update Announced

Wow. How quickly they grow up!

15 years of Google search and they are just getting started. Click on the image below to see a larger version of Google’s path from newborn to its teen years.

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The post talking about this milestone says:

Google Search is turning 15. Remember what it was like to search in 1998? You’d sit down and boot up your bulky computer, dial up on your squawky modem, type in some keywords, and get 10 blue links to websites that had those words. It seemed like magic (and it was way way faster than card catalogs and microfiche!).

In An “It’s About Freakin’ Time!” Move, Facebook Allows Post Editing

Facebook Post EditHow many times have you ever posted something on Facebook only to find you butchered some grammar, left a key word out or made some egregious spelling error? How many of those times have you cursed Facebook for not allowing the person who created the update to edit it? Even those commenting had been given the ability to edit their comments but the person who started the conversation had to suffer through their errors or simply delete the whole kit and kaboodle then start over again.

I could never understand why this was the case. Well, now I don’t have to worry anymore. Wow. Life is complete.

TechCrunch reports

Google Files to Avoid Wiretap Charges, But Judge Says Denied

gavel-4-1409594-mAccording to the Wiretap Act, it is illegal to

  • Intentionally, or purposefully,
  • Intercept, disclose, or use the contents of
    1. Any wire, oral, or electronic communication
    2. Through the use of a “device”

Taken at face value, that would mean Google is breaking the law when their computers scan Gmail messages in order to target ads to consumers. But Google says there’s an exception to the rule that applies. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), allows employers to monitor employee email in the ordinary course of business. Google claims that scanning email is just part of their business but a judge says no way.

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh threw out Google’s request to dismiss the charges saying,

Mayday! Mayday! Kindle’s New Customer Service Button Leaves All Other Tablets in the Dust

maydayI upgraded my iPad to iOS7 a couple of days ago and I couldn’t be more frustrated. There’s a lot to like about the new system, but there’s more that confuses me. . . and almost everyone else. How do I close programs? How do I get rid of that ESPN button on Safari? How do I add my buttons?

Three times in three days, I’ve had to call up YouTube videos to walk me through question after question. Where’s the user manual for this thing!?

The folks at Amazon understand my pain, so they created a brand new Kindle Fire HDX that solves all of those user problems with one button. It’s called Mayday.

Google+ Hashtags Now Part of Search Experience

googleplusGoogle keeps moving forward trying to make Google+ a bit more ubiquitous.

The latest effort is delivering hashtags from Google+ in Google’s search results. In a Google+ post from Zaheed Sabur we get this

Today we’re bringing a richer hashtag experience to Google Search. Here’s how it works:

– When you search on Google for a hashtag, say [#AmericasCup] or [#WaterfallWednesday], a set of relevant Google+ posts may appear to the right of regular results.
– You’ll only be able to see posts that have been shared publicly or shared with you.
– If you click on any of these posts you’ll go to Google+, where you’ll see the full set of relevant posts.
– You’ll also see links to search for these hashtags on other social sites.

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Marketing Automation [Infographic]

Wonders of Marketing Automation PreviewWelcome to wondrous and exciting world of marketing automation, where you will travel and explore a wide variety of capabilities found in marketing automation software.

Enjoy the exciting activities available in Republic of Lead Management, relax in style on the island of CRMica, and be part of the hustle and bustle in the United States of Lead Generation.

For explorers of all levels, this infographic provides an in-depth look at the list of features you can find in your marketing automation platform. This field guide also indicates features that are typically found (and not found) in CRM solutions and Email Service Providers (ESPs).

Want to learn more? Download our Definitive Guide to Marketing Automation.

Click the “Continue Reading” button to see the full infographic!

Majority of Marketers Call Mobile Plus Data a ‘Game Changer’

mobile transforms bizA mobile phone works two ways; it both sends and receives messages of all kinds. Both are helpful to the consumer.

Mobile marketing also works in two ways; a brand sends messages to the consumer via text, banner ads, or apps and they receive messaging in the form of data from the consumer. Both are very helpful to the marketer.

65% of the participants in a new study said that the combination of the two – mobile access and data – is a game changer.

The data comes from a joint study by the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and Neustar, Inc. called “Marketers Guide to Mobile and Data.” In it, 85% of marketers said they believe mobile is a gateway to new markets. 80% called mobile “transformational.” Wow, that’s a lot to live up to.