Monthly Archives: July 2010

Twitter Updates for 2010-07-31

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Social Mention a real time search platform

I recently found this fantastic tool called Social Mention, a real time search platform.

Been playing around with it and found it to be really useful for several things but mostly to get a feel for the general buzz out there. The tools is limited when it comes to other languages out-side of English, but I am sure that it will be fixed as the tool develops.

I have tested their alert services and they work great take what Google does with their alerts little further adding sites and mentions that Google does not include. Their alert are however limited to only one delivery per day, while Google is quite dynamic and delivers material as it happens.

Verdict: Great tool, worth using and best of all it is free!

55% of those using Twitter are male

According to MSN Twitter traffic is 55% men, 23.02% of the traffic comes from users aged 18 – 24 with 18 and younger at around 23%. The age group 50+ counts for around 16% of Twitter traffic and by the looks of it users belonging to the older demographics are starting to use Twitter more and more.

Traffic to Twitter seems to be balancing as the USA now counts for 30.5% of traffic according to Alexa with India at 8.4% coming second and Japan third with around 8.1%. According to MSN those searching online for the keyword “twitter” seem to match the user behaviour above with about 56% of searcher being male and 23% aged 18 – 24.

Facebook closes access to Jón Gnarr the Mayor of Reykjavik

After being elected the Mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland opened up a Facebook account to report his daily activites. This week he published a video mixing together a Rick Astley and Nirvana video. It seems that Facebook does not like the Mayors mix of the two songs or Rick Astley is a special favourite of Facebook. It looks as Jon Gnarr needs to open up a new account and start from scratch.

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine has been updated

One of my favourite SEM tools through the years has been the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, it’s provided insight into sites of the past, content, look and feel and I have even been able to retrieve content from crashed sites using their services. Now this great tool has got a well due make-over and is looking good. The GUI and the way that they have made it more simple to use is fantastic, I have however experienced some data collection problems with the screens only showing me the word “soon…” with three dots behind it.

Should you serve Googlebot content-only (cloak) pages optimized for load speed?

Matt Cutts says “Nooooooo” and wishes he could come through the screen and press your ESC key and Ctrl C and Break, funny guy :-)  (he actually is).

What I how ever heard was that they are using other means that the Googlebot to look at sites and evaluate the page speed, what he does not say. I also believe that when Google comes in it’s not downloading all the images and javascripts, CSS and so on, Googlebot looks at the content so having good HTML might actually be more important than cloaking content.

According to Mr. Cutts the bottom line is that if you do serve Google one type of content and the user other, it’s cloaking and the “Noooooo” was for that reason. So don’t serve Googlebot content-only (cloak) pages optimized for load speed.