Facebook Messenger Rooms Can Now Be Created From Instagram via @MattGSouthern

Facebook Messenger Rooms Can Now Be Created From Instagram via @MattGSouthern

Facebook Messenger Rooms, a new video chat option for up to 50 people, can now be launched from the Instagram Direct inbox. Messenger Rooms were just launched last month as part of Facebook’s rapid expansion of video capabilities. Designed for spontaneous web-based hangouts, Messenger Rooms can be created and shared for anyone to join. Unlike regular video calls, which require a direct invite, Messenger Rooms can be joined by clicking a shared link. That’s what makes them more casual than other video chat options. Up to 50 users can join a Messenger Room at the same time. Users can drop in and out as the call goes on, which means […]

Twitter to Let Users Choose Who Can Reply to Tweets via @MattGSouthern

Twitter to Let Users Choose Who Can Reply to Tweets via @MattGSouthern

Twitter is officially testing a new feature that allows users to prohibit entire groups of people from replying to individual tweets. Unlike some test features that are rolled out unannounced, Twitter is actively encouraging people to try this one. Testing, testing… A new way to have a convo with exactly who you want. We’re starting with a small % globally, so keep your 👀 out to see it in action. pic.twitter.com/pV53mvjAVT — Twitter (@Twitter) May 20, 2020 “Unwanted replies make it hard to have meaningful conversations,” Twitter states in an announcement. To remedy that, Twitter is giving users the ability to choose who can contribute to a conversation. ‘Who Can […]

Google Launches New Podcast Promising Undocumented Information via @MattGSouthern

Google Launches New Podcast Promising Undocumented Information via @MattGSouthern

Google is launching a new podcast which promises to live up to its name of “Search Off the Record.” Google’s John Mueller, Martin Splitt, and Gary Illyes are teaming up to present a “mixed bag” of content about Google Search. New Podcast from Google Webmasters 🦄🎙🎧@johnmu @g33konaut and @methode talk all things Google Search such as: 🗣trending topics in SEO🖥Search Console features🎉fun stories, and more! Find the full trailer and subscribe to Search Off the Record → https://t.co/8cQVTALyGD pic.twitter.com/iIUafSeIFr — Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) May 21, 2020 If you’re wondering whether or not the podcast is worth listening to – Mueller says in the trailer the team will share information that […]

Google Search 101: How the Knowledge Graph Works via @MattGSouthern

Google Search 101: How the Knowledge Graph Works via @MattGSouthern

Google has published a refresher all about the Knowledge Graph and what goes into creating knowledge panels shown in search results. The Knowledge Graph is like a “giant virtual encyclopedia of facts” that Google references to generate certain elements of search results. The virtual encyclopedia, as Google puts it, has grown to be quite large. As stated in an announcement from Google’s Search Liaison, Danny Sullivan, the Knowledge Graph is now comprised of over 500 billion facts about 5 billion entities. Google’s Knowledge Graph has amassed over 500 billion facts about five billion entities — people, places and things. This post explains how the Knowledge Graph works, presents information in […]

Facebook & Instagram Let Businesses Sell Products Directly on Their Page via @MattGSouthern

Facebook & Instagram Let Businesses Sell Products Directly on Their Page via @MattGSouthern

Facebook is expanding its e-commerce capabilities by making it possible for businesses to sell products directly on their Facebook and Instagram page. “As many businesses are creating and strengthening their digital presence, we’re building new tools to help make online shopping seamless. That’s why we’re launching Facebook Shops…“ Facebook Shops Facebook Shops is free to use and is designed as a mobile-first shopping experience. That goes for both creating a shop and buying items from one. When setting up a Facebook Shop, businesses can choose which items to feature and highlight collections of products in individual sections. Brands can customize their shops to a certain extent, so it will feel […]

Google App Updated With Dark Mode for iOS and Android via @MattGSouthern

Google App Updated With Dark Mode for iOS and Android via @MattGSouthern

ADVERTISEMENT Google has begun rolling out a long-awaited dark mode update for its flagship Google Search apps on iOS and Android. The update is starting to roll out as of today, and will be available to everyone by the end of the week. It will only be available to people who are using a relatively up to date version of the Android or iOS operating system. In order to activate dark mode your device will need to be running at least Android 10 or iOS 12/13. By default, the Google App will reflect your device’s system settings in Android 10 & iOS 13. If your device is set to dark […]

Google Doesn’t Treat User Generated Content Different From Main Content via @MattGSouthern

Google Doesn’t Treat User Generated Content Different From Main Content via @MattGSouthern

Google’s John Mueller recently explained, when it comes to rankings, there’s no difference between user generated content and main content. As part of the Ask Google Webmasters video series on YouTube, Mueller answered the following question sent in by a site owner: “Google ranks web pages based on content relevancy & quality (among other factors). Does this apply in case of User Generated Content as well?” The response from Mueller can be read below. Mueller’s Response User generated content refers to anything added to a page by users after the page was originally published. That can include anything from comments at the end of an article, to live discussions between […]