Welcome back! We have a series of great articles for you this week including Google’s Matt Cutts: We’ve Penalized A Guest Blogging Network; On Twitter’s 8th birthday, find your first Tweet; and New Social Media Research That Could Change Your Strategy.
The internet is abuzz this week after news of Google’s stand-off with MyBlogGuest. Support for the guest blogging community has been strong and Ann Smarty replied to the penalty thanking her community and calling out Matt Cutts for his “PR game”. Cutts then went on to say that blogs associated with the community including those using its services may be hit next and some have already reported ranking losses.
Twitter turned 8 this week and, to celebrate, announced a new tool designed to help users find and share their first tweet. Many celebrities and notable persons got in on the fun and Twitter shared a feed of some memorable first tweets on their blog including the tweet pictured above showing Secretary of State Madelaine Albright’s first tweet in Sept of last year.
This article covers the findings of new social media research demonstrating how consumers use social media as well as how they prefer to engage with companies. There is good news for Facebook as the younger audience is shown to be continuing to use the dominant social media despite recent suggestions that younger groups were not adopting the system as readily as their predecessors. The power of pictures is also proven as numbers indicate that Instagram is the fastest growing social media.
Additional interesting articles from the last week:
Twitter Is Reportedly Phasing Out @-Replies From Its Service
26 Creative Ways Brands Use Facebook Status Updates
11 Reasons Why People Love and Use Social Media
1Q Review: Top 5 Facebook Changes For Brands
Ad platform Rubicon Project sets $108M IPO