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Facebook and eBay Join Forces to Stop Fake Reviews

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Reviews are a huge part of the online shopping experience. For many potential buyers, they are the difference between making a purchase or not. Unlike a brick and mortar store, shoppers cannot have any contact with the items before buying them. They also know that returns tend to be a bit more complicated. As a result, they rely on the knowledge of those who have already bought the products they’re interested in. They look into the reviews to make a decision before ordering, and just a few five-star reviews can sell them entirely on a product -- just as a few negative reviews can make them look elsewhere.

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Google Trends Shows You the Interest in Any Topic

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Google Trends is a simple way of tracking interest in a topic over time. You can use the pre-selected times that Google suggests or you can put in a custom time range. What you learn can help you understand what topics and terms your audience is most interested in.

This has been highlighted lately with the move from 2019 to 2020. Google released some decade-based search information to show how things have changed over time. For instance, the most searched meme in the past decade was the happy birthday meme. The most searched dance was the Harlem Shake.

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Understanding the Future of Social Media

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Social media started long before Facebook in the early 2000s, but Mark Zuckerberg’s launch really defined the space. More than anything, it gave it stability. Before that, sites like MySpace and Xanga had risen and fallen. Users had turned to forums, chat rooms and other forms of communication, but they were never mainstream. With Facebook, you suddenly had a platform that everyone could use -- at least, after they expanded beyond college and opened it up to the public -- and that appeared stable enough to last. Now, in 2019, even with concerns that young people do not use it as much as they once did, that stability is undeniable.

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Twitter CEO’s Endorsement of DuckDuckGo Highlights Criticism of Google’s Data Gathering Practices

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Although “Googling” is now synonymous with searching for information, Google is far from the only search platform competing for users’ interest. Fueled by recent reports of data harvesting and invasive user tracking, Google’s image has taken a hit. This negative press opened the door for other niche search engines to compete in the big game.

In a recent tweet, the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, opened fresh wounds for Google by stating that he personally uses DuckDuckGo for searches. While DuckDuckGo only has a fraction of the total number of Google users, it is hugely popular among privacy-focused netizens.

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Recommended Instagram Posts Depend on AI

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For many businesses, the goal of a platform like Instagram is exposure. You may not make direct sales off of a post about a product or a service, but you can generally reach people who are interested in what you offer. You create more brand awareness, and you can get direct followers whom you can interact with in the future. It’s a dream situation for businesses, as they can then market to people who already like their products and are far more likely to make a purchase. That can increase your conversation rates dramatically.

The other side of this, though, is that you need to expand your reach in some way. You have to get your content in front of new users.

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