TikTok Banned for US Military Personnel as Questions Continue to Swirl Around the App

TikTok Banned for US Military Personnel as Questions Continue to Swirl Around the App

One of the biggest social media news stories of the holiday break was the announcement that the US military has banned all of its personnel from using the Chinese-owned app TikTok on government-issued devices. The US Navy instituted a similar ban earlier in December. ​​ As per Military.com: “The guidance directs all Defense Department employees to “be wary of applications you download, monitor your phones for unusual and unsolicited texts etc., and delete them immediately and uninstall TikTok to circumvent any exposure of personal information.” The concern stems from TikTok’s exposure to the Chinese Government through parent company ByteDance – under China’s cybersecurity laws, all Chinese-owned companies must furnish Chinese government requests for […]

Twitter Previews Potential Enhancements for Lists and Topics, Including Activity Details and Location Sorting

Twitter Previews Potential Enhancements for Lists and Topics, Including Activity Details and Location Sorting

After adding lists as alternate, swipeable tweet feeds back in September, and then topics as an additional following option two months later, Twitter is now working to give lists and topics even more focus, with a range of updates designed to help improve content discovery, and connect more people – particularly new users – to increasingly relevant, engaging tweet content. As part of a recent interview with Fast Company, various members of Twitter’s design and development teams provided insight into where the company is headed on both lists and topics, the introduction of which is designed to make it easier for people to link into the conversations of relevance to them. As […]

Top 10 Instagram Stats for 2020 [Infographic]

Top 10 Instagram Stats for 2020 [Infographic]

Are you looking to put more emphasis on Instagram in 2020? Now reaching over a billion active users, and with more and more business and eCommerce related tools on the way, it makes sense that all social media managers should be considering whether there’s a fit on Instagram for their business, and how they might be able to utilize the various platform tools and options to connect with their audience. If you are considering your Instagram approach, then this infographic from the team at Hootsuite might help. The below listing highlights some key usage and engagement stats to help in your planning, which could help you decide where and how […]

Snapchat’s Coming ‘Bitmoji TV’ Will Feature Your Bitmoji Character in an Animated Series

Snapchat’s Coming ‘Bitmoji TV’ Will Feature Your Bitmoji Character in an Animated Series

Could this be Snapchat’s next big hit? Seeking to capitalize on the personalization and engagement of Bitmoji, Snapchat will soon launch a new option called ‘Bitmoji TV’, which, as reported by TechCrunch, will make the custom Bitmoji avatars of you and your Snap friends the stars of their own full-motion cartoon series. The cartoons themselves will be mapped out by Snap’s team, but your custom Bitmoji characters will appear in each, undertaking various types of adventures and quests, adding a personal touch to the proceedings. It’s the next evolution of Bitmoji Stories, which Snapchat launched back in November 2018. Bitmoji Stories already include some animated elements, but they’re mostly still frames, […]

Facebook Removes Option to Create a Messenger Account Without a Facebook Profile

Facebook Removes Option to Create a Messenger Account Without a Facebook Profile

Could this be another small step towards the gradual unification of Facebook’s various messaging platforms? On December 26th, Facebook quietly removed the option for people to sign up for a Messenger account without an active Facebook profile. A Facebook spokesperson told VentureBeat that: “If you’re new to Messenger, you’ll notice that you need a Facebook account to chat with friends and close connections. We found that the vast majority of people who use Messenger already log in through Facebook and we want to simplify the process.” Facebook first introduced the option to sign-up for Messenger without a Facebook account back in 2015, with the main aim being to enable people in regions where […]

YouTube Adds ‘Assisted Trim’ Feature to Automatically Crop Out Copyright Claimed Elements

YouTube Adds ‘Assisted Trim’ Feature to Automatically Crop Out Copyright Claimed Elements

One of the biggest headaches for YouTube creators in recent times has been ‘copyright strikes‘, which is when another creator or entity claims that you’ve illegally used their original material (generally music) in some way within your video. Under YouTube’s system, whenever a copyright claim is filed and approved, this also enables the claimant to take any revenue generated from that video as a result – which, inevitably, has lead to some spurious claims, where even the slightest hint of a music clip, for example, has been used to siphon ad dollars away from creators. You can see how this has caused headaches – but conversely, you can also understand how […]

How to Add Special Characters in WordPress Posts

How to Add Special Characters in WordPress Posts

Ever wondered how popular sites add trademark ™, copyright ©, registered ®, or currency characters into their articles? Recently one of our users asked us if there was an easy way to add special characters into WordPress posts and pages. These characters are not found on an average keyboard which makes it difficult for beginners to use them. In this article, we will show you multiple ways to easily add special characters in WordPress posts. You can choose an approach that best suits your workflow. Add Special Characters in WordPress Block Editor WordPress block editor does not come with a special block or menu button in the paragraph formatting options. […]

E-A-T & YMYL: How to Boost Your On-Page SEO via @xandervalencia

E-A-T & YMYL: How to Boost Your On-Page SEO via @xandervalencia

Some people believe that E-A-T is one of the most important SEO success factors today. Others believe the importance of E-A-T is massively overblown. Is it a direct ranking factor? Is it an indirect ranking factor? Or is E-A-T not a factor at all in Google’s ever-evolving algorithms? The debate over the importance of E-A-T – an acronym for Expertise, Authoritativeness, and Trustworthiness, made famous by its inclusion in Google’s Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines – will likely rage on for a while to come. However, many took this whitepaper as confirmation that E-A-T is an important ranking signal. Here is what some consider the “smoking gun” from the whitepaper: “Our […]

Best of Best WordPress Tutorials of 2019 on WPBeginner

Best of Best WordPress Tutorials of 2019 on WPBeginner

Another year is about to end and it is time to take a look back at 2019 to gain some perspective and reflect upon the progress. It was a particularly fantastic year for WPBeginner, WordPress community, and many of our new users who started new websites and businesses this year. We want to thank all of you for your continued support that keeps us motivated and energized. To keep up with our tradition, in this article we will share our staff-pick of the best of best WordPress tutorials on WPBeginner. We’ll also share an overview of 2019 from our CEO. WPBeginner Recap 2019 by Syed Balkhi Like every year, 2019 […]