Google+ Starts Rollling Out Pages for Business

It’s been a long time coming and now it’s finally here. . . sort of. Google+ is now rolling out pages for businesses and brands but you can’t start building just yet.

Their announcement blog post is all full of warm and fuzzy feelings about how Google+ Pages will allow business to connect with the people who love them on a deeply meaningful level.

Here’s my favorite line:

“Not only can they recommend you with a +1, or add you to a circle to listen long-term. They can actually spend time with your team, face-to-face-to-face.”

Only Google would consider an online comment typed on to a virtual page to be “face-to-face’ contact.

Facebook Installs New Twitter Update Link

You know that old joke about using my MasterCard to pay my Visa? Well, Facebook’s new Twitter link is kind of like that.

Sometime in the last two weeks, Facebook threw the switch to allow a link between Facebook profiles and Twitter. Hook up your accounts and all of your public Facebook posts will automatically push to your Twitter followers as well.

Previously, this option was available only to Pages but now anyone can do it. Simply visit: http://www.facebook.com/twitter/ and walk through the steps.

But before you click that link – think.

Right now, all of my Twitter updates post to my Facebook thanks to an easy check-box in my Twitter profile. If I turn on the Facebook to Twitter link, will it then repost all of my Twitter messages back to Twitter? What a mess that would be.

Google+ Adds YouTube Button

I’m beginning to feel like there are only three destinations on the web, Google, Facebook and YouTube. Now, we won’t be seeing Google+ teaming up with Facebook any time soon (as in “ever”), but Google+ has teamed up with YouTube so it’s even easier to share videos of kids doing cute things.

The YouTube button is located in the top right corner near your Circle profile pics. Click on it and it rolls out like a tongue and asks “What would you like to play?” Type any word, general or specific in the box and it pops-up a list of options with a player at the top.

I chose the word Thanksgiving for the test and here’s what I got. I love that they included Addams Family Thanksgiving and Adam Sandler’s parody tune. Both excellent picks.

What Would You Do with an Increase in Income?

Small shifts in income can have a big impact on American families, many of whom are living paycheck to paycheck. Unemployment, extended sick leave, declining sales in your own business are all reasons to stop and think about where the money is going.

But what if you earned a little more next year? Say, 10% more? What would you do with it? Nielsen asked this question in a survey and got some interesting answers. Though a quarter of respondents said they’d sock away some of it in a savings account, 29% wanted to spend it on travel or a vacation. Right behind that with 20% was recreation and entertainment.

Majority of Young Workers Value Social Media Over a Steady Paycheck

What would you rather have, a raise in salary or access to Facebook at work? How you answer that question is highly dependent on your age.

Cisco conducted a survey of 2,800 young professionals across fourteen countries and they came up with data that, while not unexpected, is still a little disturbing.

Part Two of the 2011 Cisco Connected World Technology Report focused on social media, mobile technology and the workplace. Overall, they found that connecting to people on the internet was a big priority for the under 30 crowd, so much so, that they were willing to sacrifice financial stability in order to have access.

More than half of college students globally (56%) said that if they encountered a company that banned access to social media, they would either not accept a job offer or would join and find a way to circumvent corporate policy.

Yahoo Breaks New Ad Ground with Social Slider and Living Ads

Yahoo has launched two new ad services designed to engage consumers in a more meaningful and fun way.

First is the Social Sentiment Slider. The slider is a sponsored poll that is attached to a piece of content on Yahoo’s site.

Here’s what it looks like:

We can’t see the article, but presumably it’s a news feature about the rise in luxury item sales, or something along those lines. People move the slider to express their opinion, the percentages change and then they can post that opinion directly to Facebook.

There’s no doubt that social engagement will help brand awareness, but there’s also a potential pitfall. The ad sponsor doesn’t get to choose the slider question, Yahoo does. In the above case, it can be disconcerting to see a high percentage to the negative side (Status) when you’re promoting a luxury car right underneath.

More Than Half of App Downloaders Do It For Free

You have a mobile phone, right? How many apps are on it? How many did you use today? How many did you pay for?

If you’re typical, each answer should be a smaller number than the one before it.

Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project says that we’ve crossed the halfway point for mobile phone app usage. A full 50% of all adult cell phone owners have apps. That’s double where we were only two years ago.

But even with the rise in usage, the demographic remains the same. App users are younger, more educated, upwardly mobile urban or suburbanite. Adding tablets into the mix hasn’t changed that at all. The only real difference is that women have nearly caught up to men in regard to app downloads.