Experience

Are Sponsored YouTubers With Undisclosed Deals Breaking The Law?

As YouTube publishers specializing in commentating and reviewing have become ultra popular, the pressure to infiltrate with brand messaging has followed suit. Yesterday, Eurogamer released a dissertation on undisclosed advertorials on YouTube in the gaming industry. While there are set rules in the U.S. and Britain concerning endorsements, internationally the lines are more blurred. Due to […]

Performance

Everything You Need To Know About The New Google+ Name Policy: An Explainer

Yesterday’s news that Google+ has dumped its real-name requirement raised a number of interesting questions, both philosophical and practical. Will Google+ become a haven for trolls? Will YouTube’s notorious commenters now be able to unleash more ugliness behind a fresh cloak of anonymity? What is the process for changing a user name? What if you […]

Performance

Google+ Drops Real Name Requirement, Apologizes For Delay

Let the Google+ pseudonym rush begin. After three-plus years of restricting users to their real names on the network, Google+ announced today that it is abandoning the policy and allowing people to use any username they choose. Google’s policy was among the more contentious issues surrounding the social network and had been softened several times, […]

Management

Google Tries To Kill Android Class Action Before It Gets Going

The FTC itself declined to pursue an antitrust case against Google, extending to Android. However, private litigants in May picked up the baton, filing a would-be class action in California federal district court. On Friday, Google moved to dismiss the case. The plaintiffs’ main arguments are the following:  Google maintains a mobile search monopoly through Mobile Application […]

Management

Tiananmen Date Over, Chinese Unblock Access To Google

Now that the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protest and crackdown are over, China has restored access to Google services in the country. They had been totally blocked for roughly a month in the run up to the anniversary. The Chinese government had denied it was interfering with access to Google and implied […]

Experience

Picture Of Struggling YouTube Emerges From Report

The Information published a report (subscription required) about YouTube that paints a picture of the Google division as falling short of its own, internal ambitions in terms of viewing hours and revenue. (The figures below are from 9to5Google, which published excerpts of the article.) YouTube seeks to reach an internally set goal of 1 billion […]

Experience

Google Releases First Batch Of “Apps For Android Wear”

Google has announced the first batch of Apps for Android Wear devices. There are 24 in all. They include Google Maps and Hangouts, Duolingo, The Guardan, Eat24, Pinterest, American Airlines and Glympse among others. The full initial group is below: These apps need to be installed on your Android phone before they can be installed […]

Performance

Janrain Q2 Report: Facebook Maintains Social Login Lead, Stops Long Slide

Facebook padded its lead in the battle for market share in the social login space, stopping a six-quarter slide, according to second quarter results from customer management firm Janrain. Facebook now accounts for 44% of social logins on the sites in Janrain’s network. That’s a gain of 1.5% percentage points over Q1, and the first […]

Operations

Thanks To “Right To Be Forgotten,” Google Now Censors The Press In The EU

The EU’s Right To Be Forgotten removals have been happening for about a week on Google, and now news publications are discovering the fallout. For some searches, you can’t find their news stories relating to certain people. In particular, both the BBC and the Guardian have shared examples of content that’s now been “forgotten” in Google. The […]

Experience

Going All Responsive Is Not Always “One Size Fits All” With Mobile

What if I told you that you could recover upwards of 200 percent in lost smartphone traffic by ensuring your site’s mobile experience was implemented well? Would you make your mobile configuration a top priority? New research coming from BrightEdge shows that brands with misconfigured mobile solutions are missing out on a big opportunity. We […]

Operations

Google Launches CookieChoices Site To Help Publishers With EU Cookie Compliance

Google has launched a new resource named CookieChoices to help publishers understand the European Union’s cookie compliance regulations. Bill Hartzer was the first to spot this, noticing Google purchasing the domain a while back and now launching this content on the new domain the other day. The CookieChoices explains the EU requirements as follows: European […]

Performance

Google Is Shutting Down Orkut, Its First Social Network, On September 30

Google announced today that it is shutting down its first social network, Orkut, on September 30. Orkut, launched in 2004 and named after Google engineer Orkut Büyükkökten, who created it, was very popular in Brazil, where for years it was the leading social network. Facebook finally surpassed it the country in January 2012. Orkut was […]

Experience

Google’s Answer To Facebook’s Oculus Rift Is Cheap “Cardboard”

I was blown away when I recently strapped on the Oculus Rift headset and experienced the potential of virtual reality (VR). Facebook saw that potential and spent roughly $2 billion on the company earlier this year. At last week’s Google I/O, the company introduced its answer to Oculus Rift and may have largely undermined Facebook’s […]

Management

Google’s Eric Schmidt Visits Cuba With Entourage To Promote Open Internet

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas, and several others visited Cuba to promote open internet access, according to Reuters. The blog/online newspaper 14ymedio.com is the original source of the story. There were no official statements by Google or the Cuban government. According to Reuters, only 2.6 of more than 11 […]

Performance

Google+ At 3 Years Old: Not A Ghost Town, But A Social Referral Graveyard

Let’s put it aside from the get-go: Google+ is not a ghost town. Without a doubt there are millions of people who use and value the social network, which turns three tomorrow. There’s a vibrant community of photographers; there are Hangout on Air true believers; there are marketers who swear it’s the best social network […]

Performance

Larry Page On Google+: “We’re Super Excited About It”

Google+ was the forgotten social network during Wednesday’s Google I/O keynote, quite a change from the past two years when it was touted often and enthusiastically. This year it managed to score only a passing reference in a demonstration of how Chromecast will allow you to beam a slideshow of your Google+ photos onto your […]

Experience

Google I/O 2014 Keynote: Android Everywhere: Watches, TV & In Your Car

During the keynote of Google’s annual developers conference today —  Google I/O 2014 — the company shared how it will be bringing Android beyond phones and tablets to watches, televisions and cars. Google also shared stats that Android has grown to one billion active users, that any developer will be able to integrate their apps into […]

Experience

YouTube Trashes The Inbox In Exchange For Google+ Messaging Feature

Big changes are coming this week to the way that YouTube creators connect with their fans. Gone will be the YouTube Inbox, replaced by a new system that utilized Google+ messaging called, well, Messaging. In order to utilize this system the YouTube creator must be connected to a Google+ account. The new message system will feature: […]