Ode to a Search Engine: A look at Google’s 10 biggest search milestones

Google, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love you for your intuition and how you know what I’m thinking when even I’m not so sure. I love you for your image search that helps me find a name for the thing I just bought at the thrift shop.  I love you for your inventive and amusing Google Doodles. (Doctor Who returns on Saturday!)

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But mostly, I love the way you serve my content to millions of people on a daily basis absolutely free of charge.

Mobile purchases are up but revenue is down. How did that happen?

yesmail mobile vs desktopYesmail has good news and bad news for email marketers.

First, the good news.  “The number of purchases made as a result of emails opened on a mobile device has grown almost 40 percent over the past year.”

Now the bad news. “Revenue from mobile purchases increased by a comparatively modest 10 percent.”

No big deal, right? Because people who open email on a desktop clearly love to click through and spend. True enough, but Yesmail says that 64.5% of all email opens happen on a mobile device. And since the average order on a mobile device is 33% lower than the average order on a desktop ($55 vs $83) that’s a lot of money missing from the cash register.

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Twitter gears up to really ruin your timeline

Cash WhaleRemember when Twitter introduced the official retweet option and thousands of users vowed to start blocking anyone that caused a stranger to show up in their stream?* Well, they ain’t gonna like this update from Twitter either.

As spotted by Quartz, Twitter has quietly changed its help document, What’s a Twitter timeline?

“Additionally, when we identify a Tweet, an account to follow, or other content that’s popular or relevant, we may add it to your timelineThis means you will sometimes see Tweets from accounts you don’t followWe select each Tweet using a variety of signals, including how popular it is and how people in your network are interacting with itOur goal is to make your home timeline even more relevant and interesting.” (emphasis added)

Here’s the most honest back-to-school infographic you’re ever going to see

ShoeBuy Back to School 1My back-to-school shopping days are over but it all came back to me when I visited Staples last week. I was there for printer ink but I couldn’t resist the four foot stack of 17 cent spiral notebooks and the racks of Disney character folders and the bins of colorful school tools. I didn’t need any of it but I want it. . . all of it. . . it’s a crazy emotional trigger made worse possibly by the fact that I was a teacher for 10 years.

Then I heard a conversation that reminded me of the real meaning of back-to-school.

“Mom! I NEED this one!”

“That one is too expensive. Get the other one.”

“That one doesn’t have Transformers on it! And Mrs. Shipley says I need 8 notebooks.”

For top internet retailers 21% of sales come from mobile

Mobile 500 FactsHow does $83.78 billion in revenue sound to you? That’s what the top 500 leading retailers are expecting to see in mobile commerce by the end of the year. That’s 79.9% growth over last year and 21% of total online sales for those sellers.

The numbers come from the newly released “Internet Retailer 2015 Mobile 500” report.

Who is number one on the Top 500 list? Amazon, of course and they’re not stopping until everyone on the planet has shopped their site. Their 2014 mobile sales project falls just short of $17 billion.

Paul Cousineau, director of mobile shopping at Amazon.com says;

Millennials are changing the way we shop for cars

Thinking about buying a new car? A generation ago, you would have influenced by a TV commercial, then you’d spread out the newspaper to help you hone in on the right car at the right price. Final step – it’s off to the local dealership to buy the car of your dreams.

That last step is still the same, but a new survey from AutoTrader says that the new generation – the Millennials – have abandoned TV ads and newspapers in favor of the internet.

AutoTrader Infographic

What’s really interesting is that 70% of Millennials begin the car shopping process without a clue as to what make or style of car they want. They go online and start the process and spend an average of 17.6 hours “shopping”. That’s two hours longer than the average car buyer.

Gullible? Facebook’s satire notation could help you save face

Facebook The OnionIf you’ve ever been fooled by a fake news story on Facebook, you’ll like the feature the social network is testing. Mashable has confirmed that Facebook is testing a “satire” notation on stories that show up in your news feed. Facebook says they’re had requests for such a notation because people sometimes have a hard time figuring out which headlines are real and which are fake.

There are times when it’s tricky to figure out, especially at a glance. That’s kind of the point. Sites such as The Onion and The Daily Currant are at their best when the headline sounds like it could have come from the pages of the New York Times. So, I get it. . . but I’m not giving everyone a pass.