Posts Tagged ‘Social media’

Twitter & SEO

March 24, 2009

Twitter recently made a big change to the way they format their title tags on profile pages. They no longer keep the Twitter…. tag, but rather list the User Name and Profile name. This will help out brands and individuals immensely who are trying to gain more traffic through the search engines.

Although the link drives the visitor to the Twitter profile, it’s there that the URL listed can be the corporate website. 

It’s no longer just MySpace and Facebook profiles showing up on the SERP’s. Twitter is there too!

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Facebook denies Google’s Friend Connect

May 16, 2008

Facebook isn’t jumping on the data portability train. Instead, they want to keep their data to themselves and not allow other parties to transport data from a third party site like a blog to Facebook. Facebook sees Google’s Friend Connect  as a Google controlled middleman that could reap benefit from their position as a data gateway.

Facebook wants to control their users data and made a statement about privacy as an issue. Guess they missed that point when Beacon was launched. It just seems that Facebook doesn’t want to play well with others and is heading down a slippery slope. Just imagine if Facebook is the only large network not to allow updates through a service like Friend Connect.

Seems like a fight that I wouldn’t want to fight as new entrants pop up everyday.

Data portability and social media

May 13, 2008

Who owns your personal data in social media? Right now, it’s not you.

Recent comments about posts regarding data portability between social media sites have all been clamoring about Google, MySpace and Facebook. The big question is who owns the data, and who can make it easy for data to be shared across platforms for people to make one update and all other platforms are updated.

This has also been an issue in the web analytics arena regarding proprietary data storage making it damn near impossible to switch analytics providers.

Ultimately, the web is an open living environment where data is meant to be shared. Just look back around 6-7 years and what Napster did to file sharing. Now its just about how personal data is shared and stored. Rather than making people go to Flickr, YouTube, Twitter, MySPace and others, people want it all in one repository. In the end, the user wants to own the data and use Facebook or MySpace as a way of displaying not, not the other way around.