U.S. teenagers are more enamored with YouTube stars than they are the biggest celebrities in film, TV and music.
That’s the surprising result of a survey Variety commissioned in July that found the five most influential figures among Americans ages 13-18 are all YouTube faves, eclipsing mainstream celebs including Jennifer Lawrence and Seth Rogen. - Full Article
Nouri al-Maliki’s struggle to cling to power has reached its existential pinnacle, despite the designation of his apparent replacement in Haider al-Abadi. Amid almost unilateral support for Abadi – who has been tasked with forming a new government within the next 30 days by president Fouad Massoum... - Full Article
To some entrepreneurs, social media marketing is the “next big thing,” a temporary yet powerful fad that must be taken advantage of while it’s still in the spotlight.
To others, it’s a buzzword with no practical advantages and a steep, complicated learning curve. Because it appeared quickly, social media has developed a reputation by some for being a passing marketing interest, and therefore, an unprofitable one. - Full Article
On June 24, 2014, Google released a major local search algorithm update, we named Pigeon. Google told us the new algorithm will lead to a more useful and relevant experience for searchers seeking local results.
But like with any new algorithm launch, there are always bugs, unexpected outcomes and less relevant results. - Full Article
A Florida man pulled over for speeding allegedly called 911 to report a potential murder to avoid getting a ticket, authorities said. Julius Lupowitz was pulled over by a police officer Thursday in West Melbourne, Florida, for driving over the speed limit.
According to police, when the officer turned his back, Lupowitz, 52, dialed 911. - Full Article
As the analysis continues on yesterday’s Google local search algorithm changes — that we’re calling the Pigeon update — one thing appears to be clear: Local directory sites are getting better visibility in Google’s search results.
More specifically, it looks like Google has fixed its “Yelp problem” and is now showing Yelp pages at the top of search results when queries specifically include the word “Yelp.” - Full Article