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Sorry Twitter, You Are Not a Search Engine

Written by David Harry   
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 13:24

Nothing to see here my SEO brethren

(Guest post from Marc Bitanga)

As anyone NOT living under a rock would know, there has been all sorts of hype around Twitter, and rightly so. Recently Danny Sullivan reported from Twitter’s Chirp conference that Twitter has reached 19 billion searches per month. Wow. Not bad! That’s a big number for a 3 year old company. Here are some staggering stats:

  • Twitter is processing over 50 million tweets/day
  • The 3 year old social network has over 100 million users
  • There are over 70,000 registered apps that use Twitter’s API
  • In 3 short years, they’ve reached over 10 billion tweets
 

Is Google's Social Gaming Strategy a Facebook Killer?

Written by Terry Van Horne   
Monday, 30 August 2010 12:10

Google Vs Facebook?

Facebook Vs Google.meAfter I wrote Does Google & Verizon Framework Agreement Save Net Neutrality? I searched on Google for the phrase 'Eric Schmidt Social gaming' and got a very interesting result! We've said for weeks on RadioDojo that Google has a Social Gaming strategy in play. Why wouldn't they? Social gaming is what is driving the increased usage on Facebook. Smart phones are enjoying brisk growth and Google's Android flavor is at the head of the class.

 

This Month in Social Media

Written by David Harry   
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 14:00

(July that is)

By Justin Parks

 Well its been “go go go” this month in social and it seems that no one wants to take a break for the summer hols... or maybe they are on their summer hols and are just tweeting about it. Whatever way, there have been some interesting developments in the hot hot month of July.

Twitter

Crap .Nothing note worthy happened except that it pretty much refused to work for the whole damn month.  This was probably due to some upset employee with a demented plan for world domination starting with the destruction of the twitter platform, but as usual, no one wanted to admit that and instead they made up some boring bullshit story about servers and limits and expenses or such that no one really gave two monkeys about and was a waste of time as we all knew about the plan for world domination anyway.

FaceBook

Apart from one of my mates chaing his status to single things where interesting in the world of FaceBook. Reporting on AllFacebook.com it seems that the LIKE or SHARE button has taken on a whole new dimension for publishers.  Upon hitting the like key, publishers will then have the functionality to publish content directly to the feeds of folks who liked a specific page.

Under a tumult of screams echoing the words "SPAM! SPAM! SPAM!" the more sober among us decided that this is probably a good thing if it curtails the insane amount of fecking "I like this " crap that goes on and may make folk a little more cautious and simultaneously, serious, about hitting that like button.

On top of this FaceBook have also become addicted to create pages for themselves the self serving gits. After launching the FaceBook safety page earlier this month and a page for public relations professionals (hahaha - sorry ) week previous, Facebook has another page in its expanding arsenal for another group, namely the  - media.

FaceBook + Media page is geared to media organizations to help them: “drive referral traffic, increase engagement, and deepen user insights”. Or as I like to translate it as:

"a simple set of instructions for the nobheads media jockeys who are to cheap to pay someone who knows about it or who cant figure out how to do it themselves... and deepen user insights"

 .... Christ.

 

 And the other stuff.

What else has happened this month... Well! There’s always the old Spice viral video so many people have fallen in love with.  Having created a vid showing of the product Isaiah Mustafa (the big black guy in the ads) begin making vids to order for people who tweeted him questions or something similar.  Load of old bollocks if you aks me but it has catapulted the campaign into the semi naked atmosphere and caused more and more men to go around smelling like disinfectant mixed with paint thinner. 

 Sometimes I wish we could try some stuff before we help it go viral, some people are in for a serious eye watering surprise when they blast that stuff on in the department store!

 I guess the only thing left is to wish Mashable a Happy Birthday and may you not die as soon as possible and your rotting commerical ass get dragged back to the cess pool from whence it came.  Happy Birthday!

 Justin Parks

About the Author; Justin Parks is a social media consultant whom blogs over at his name-sake, Justin Parks.com. He is our resident social media geek at the SEO Dojo and will be coming in now and again on the trail to enlighten us on the world of social. Great to have him on board. ( be sure to follow him on Twitter)

 

Social Darwinism; a guide to Twitter dorking

Written by David Harry   
Tuesday, 22 June 2010 12:52

How FourSquare might leave you open to harm

Did you know that using a few online services, starting with FourSquare, that you might be putting yourself and your belongings at risk? Seriously. A smart syndicate could target you (from demographic information) for a mugging while his partners were robbing your home. How about stalkers and other preditory types? Well that is EXACTLY what could happen if you're not careful with your online information. Don't be a dork.

Using FourSquare can be VERY dangerous

Any good search geek worth thier salt has heard of the term; Google Dorking. It essentially refers to using Google (and related operators) to find information that people generally shouldn't be leaving open to the search engines. A classic example is; "not for distribution" confidential filetype:pdf or a more KW focused; "not for distribution" confidential, travel, filetype:pdf

So, I was doing some 'Twitter hacking' (using advanced search operators for not so nefarious tasks) and accidently found some Twitter dorking ops... and some scary ones too. Let me show you some examples

Twitter dorking for fun and profit

It is best to use a smaller city as larger ones might make finding the person in question a little harder.

TweetDeck

Now that we have that, we need to start finding some marks. The goal here being to get a database of people whom are known to tweet their locations that we can get personal data on such as where they live. Once you have that database, simply follow these folks and watch for them to tell you when they've left the house. Thus we have moved from Google Dorking, to Twitter Dorking... here's how it works;


 

Why I Hate Social Media: Just Another Twitter Rant

Written by Gabriella Sannino   
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 14:50

(by Gabriella Sannino)

Before I get jumped on, let me say that I do like a few things about social media. The potential to reach out to people I wouldn’t otherwise meet is a big one. BUT!


Twitter – The Information Network

Evan Williams, Twitter’s CEO, said;

“What we have to do is deliver to people the best and freshest most relevant information possible. We think of Twitter as it's not a social network, but it's an information network. It tells people what they care about as it is happening in the world.”

Does it really, though? I can just hear a resounding, “but what about Iran?” Yes, the way the world is going is something we care about – but how often does that stuff come up? Seriously, take a look at your current Twitter feed and point out five things currently on the page that are as important as Iran, or even close – I’ll wait....

Somtimes social peeps need to STFU

If Twitter was really an information network, and only an information network, would we see things like, “Am currently shaking from the bass produced by Lil Wayne lol”? Now, I’m not knocking Twitter itself, but have you paid attention to your feed lately? Social media platforms, especially ones as popular as Twitter, are only as good as their users… and that’s the crux of the issue.


 
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