Ello: The Complete Guide to the Ad Free Social Network

Complete Ello User Guide

Ello is an "ad free and always will be" social network. Although it's been around for a few months, its existence went viral during the final weeks of September 2014.  This post will serve as a frequently-updated guide to the features of Ello and how to use them. You can download the latest version in PDF form here (coming … [Read more...]

Facebook Post Types: Picking a Winner Isn’t Easy

Which Facebook Post Types Perform Best?

It’s no secret that at StoneTemple we are Google+ enthusiasts. It’s widely known in the Google+ community that image posts are the most effective. And it makes sense; today’s users expect a rich experience when they interact with the web, with quality, eye-catching visuals that convey the tone and message of the content.  For most … [Read more...]

Is Facebook Usage Declining?

Facebook - the Thrill is Gone!

In December of 2013, we conducted a survey of 325 users to learn about the ways they were using Facebook. We wanted to see if we would get the same results, so we repeated the survey to see what kind of changes in awareness of various aspects world's largest social network have occurred. We conducted the same survey (with three new … [Read more...]

Google Author Authority in Search Gets Personal

Google AuthorAuthority GetsMore Personal

With the recent announcement by Google that they were bringing their three-year Google Authorship program to an end, many have been proclaiming two assumptions on social media and in blogs and blog comments: that this means both the death of author authority in search for Google and is another coffin nail in the Google+ … [Read more...]

Can Google Plus Posts Create Duplicate Content Problems?

Can Google Plus Posts Cause Duplicate Content Problems?

Few things human are more fascinating than identical twins. Think about how many creative works, from classical literature to pop culture, are about twins: The Prince & the Pauper, the myth of Castor & Pollux, the 1960s Patty Duke TV Show, The Parent Trap--the list goes on and on. When it comes to content on the web, … [Read more...]

How Does Google Index Tweets?

How Many Tweets Does Google Have Indexed?

In this study we explored the way that Google indexes tweets. The reason we embarked on this was to determine the likelihood that Google might use signals from Twitter for ranking purposes, but we found lots of other interesting information in the process. Spoiler alert: Google does not index a particularly significant percentage … [Read more...]

How Many Social Network Users Follow Each Network’s Own Account?

Social media users who follow the network's own account by network

Carter Elkin-Paris, our Content Marketing Manager, got to pondering one night recently. He wondered if it was typical for social media network users to follow the official account of the network they had joined. It certainly seemed like it might be a common behavior. If you had enough interest to join a network, wouldn't it follow … [Read more...]