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Watch Out, Alexa: Facebook Is Coming

Facebook voice assistant

Like it or not, you can do a lot of things online simply by speaking to your phone, your computer or another voice-controlled device. It's changing the way people carry out internet searches, do online shopping, listen to music and much more. And, while the premier program is arguably Amazon's Alexa, it seems like everyone in the tech industry wants to have their own voice assistant. Rumor has it that Facebook is working hard to be the next company to put one out. Facebook already has an innovative video chat device called Portal. According to reports, the new voice assistant would work along with this device. 

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The Importance of Verifying the Accuracy of Your SMB’s Online Listing Information

Verifying business listing

In today’s competitive marketplace, building trust with new clients is essential to creating future growth opportunities. Today’s tech-savvy customers rely heavily on the information they find in local search listings concerning products and services and place extensive trust in the information they find.

Data from a recent search optimization survey from technology firm Uberall revealed that nearly half of small businesses fail to ensure the accuracy of basic data in online listings. These inaccuracies not only translate to lost opportunities but could even drive a wedge of mistrust between SMBs and customers.

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Google Changes Date-Based Searching to Make It Easier

Google date-based searching

Have you ever felt like it was too hard to really run Google searches based on the date? A lot of your automatic results come up with the most recent articles. That's fine if you're looking for breaking news or something else of that nature, but what if you're doing research and you need something older? Maybe you remember bits and pieces from an article you read years ago, but not enough to bring it up again. How do you search for that and filter out all of the more recent -- and, to you, irrelevant -- results? How can you start looking for content from a certain date to wade through instead of all of the new content that comes out every day?

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Google Offers Insight Into Recent Improvements in Page Speeds for Mobile Searches

Google page speed

In 2018, in an ongoing effort to enhance user experiences and decrease user abandonment rates, Google made page loading speed a ranking factor. They recognized that today’s online consumers do not have the luxury of spending valuable time waiting for large image files, multiple plug-ins or site redirects to load.

In a recently published blog, Google summarizes the myriad web-wide improvements they witnessed since rolling out this new page ranking metric. Understanding this data is vital for startups looking to launch an optimized mobile-friendly site to attract new clients and minimize user abandonment.

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After Abandoning News, Facebook Considers Bringing It Back

Facebook news

Facebook got out of the news game over a year ago. They did not abandon it altogether, but they cut out the trending topics on the sidebar and limited the amount of news they put in front of users. Now, founder Mark Zuckerberg appears to be thinking about changing course and adding news into the equation again. In fact, Facebook is even open to breaking out their rather large checkbook to pay to get this off the ground. They may pick publishers to pay for what they deem "high-quality news." That could show that what Facebook was really against a year ago wasn't news, but low-quality sources that spread misinformation on their platform.

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