How Are People Using Facebook? Survey of 325 Users

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How Do People Use Facebook? In this survey we polled 325 users to learn about the ways they are using Facebook. We don't pretend that this represents the entire population, and it certainly does not represent the largest user profiles on Facebook or any business pages. This is intended as a sampling of 325 randomly sampled users to see how much awareness they had of some specific aspects of Facebook. We … [Read more...]

C’Mon Google, Women are Entities Whose Names Might Change!

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Back on November 23rd I put up a post asking people for their best holistic SEO tips, and this led to a very interesting side discussion about the online fate of women who change their names when they get married. My basic reaction to all this is C'mon Google, this is something you've gotta fix! Note that this change happens to men too! It started with a question from Lisa Heffernan who asked the … [Read more...]

Direct Measurement of Google Plus Impact on Search Rankings

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Many of you know that I have been working for a long time on a study to attempt to directly measure the impact of Google+ Shares on Google's search rankings. This study has attempted to measure "causation", not "correlation" - i.e. to see if we could prove some impact on rankings from Google+ shares. This article presents the results of that work. This edition of the study was launched at SMX Advanced … [Read more...]

Is Search Still the Dominant Way People Use to Answer Questions?

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Have you ever overheard a friend trying to remember that actor’s name from that one movie with the scary bad guy or a co-worker hopelessly wondering how to properly sauté spinach and you just want to say “Google it!” but it almost seems too obvious? While search engines provide instantaneous access to information, sometimes we yearn for a more personal answer from a trusted resource or a friend. In these … [Read more...]

The new Newsfeed with Facebook's Jeff Kanter

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Key Points The goal of News Feed is to show people the most interesting and relevant content to them. As part of the News Feed redesign, Facebook made a lot of the stories bigger and brighter so that people could see the content that they really cared about. In addition to having a top news filter, Facebook introduced other customizable filters on the new homepage. Facebook has rolled out the … [Read more...]

Graph Search & Social Search With Bing's Stefan Weitz

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Key Points Initially when Bing launched social search, they wanted to carve out a distinct space for the social results. Later on it became clear that these worlds were blending together and it made less and less sense to keep them in a separate space. Bing is now indexing 30 times more data from Facebook than they had previously. On average, people will see about 5 times more results than … [Read more...]

Stefan Weitz on Quora Integration and Social Data Sets

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhHLTmSHPW8 Key Points Quora is one of the latest networks that Bing has socially integrated into search. Quora helps to disambiguate and make sense of some of the different facets of certain search terms. The goal of using Quora (and other social integrations Bing is doing) is to replicate the very human characteristic of involving others in … [Read more...]