Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Search Is A Multiyear Voyage

During Facebook’s call with investors yesterday detailing another quarter of runaway financial success, CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent a good amount of time discussing one of the less social aspects of the social network: search. Facebook, he said, is committed to spending the company’s…



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Facebook Q2 Revenues up 61pct to $2.91 Billion

“We had a good second quarter,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. “Our community has continued to grow, and we see a lot of opportunity ahead as we connect the rest of the world.”

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Helpouts by Google: Ready to Helpout in a Hangout?

On the phone C.J. Hayden, author of the bestselling book Get Clients Now! and a mentor of mine, asked if I had done a Google Helpout.  I responded with “hangout” thinking I might have heard her incorrectly.  I didn’t.

I’ve done hundreds of Hangouts.  In fact, my sons (who are in college) and I, jump onto a Google Hangout when we want to share news with each other or even catch an episode of the Walking Dead together sharing comments and speculations during different breaks.

What’s a Helpout? 

It’s a new offering by Google and, for some providers, it’s another revenue stream they’re generating while helping out with what they do best.  Providers coach, consult and instruct others in an individual session.  New providers create listings of the service they can provide, their qualifications, the benefits/takeaways of working with them, and decide on their schedule and what they’ll charge for their Helpout.

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To those receiving Helpouts, it provides immediate assistance for any issue they have or teaches them something they would like to learn.  Some Helpouts are free. Some have a set price per meeting while others have a per minute charge.

To help you decide, read reviews of each Helpout provider, read their qualifications and links to proof that they can do what they say they can do.

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What Can You Expect in a Helpout?

After you’ve searched and read through potential Helpouts, select one.  It’s easy to pay for Helpout using Google Wallet.  You’ll also be given the opportunity to schedule a Helpout with a provider that works with your schedules.  Some providers provide immediate availability while others have their schedule posted.

You’ll, of course, have your Helpout added to your Google calendar, if you schedule it for some time in the future, and then you’ll receive notifications in a kind of countdown reminder to your Helpout.

Every Helpouts default setting is to record the session. Why? With the recording, you have a money-back guarantee for your Helpout.  Do know that as the receiver of the Helpout you can make the decision to not have your Helpout recorded.  Just select that at the very beginning during the scheduling process.

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During your Helpout, plan to take lots of notes.  You can even audio record it for your notes as long as you ask for permission from the provider.

As someone who’s had a Helpout, I was blown away about the service, the assistance and all that I learned during my Helpout.  I’m currently taking action on the four pages of notes I took during our session, and I look forward to having another Helpout with this same provider so that he can review my progress and we can move onto the next step.

Is a Helpout a Potential Marketing Channel for You?

If you genuinely have a passion for a certain subject or skillset and you enjoy assisting others, a Helpout can be a great marketing channel and more importantly a revenue stream.

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Helpouts gives you an opportunity to use your knowledge to teach others. It’s easy to use, works on desktop and mobile devices and incorporates live video, scheduling and payments.

What needs to happen to participate in Helpouts:

  1. Set up a Google+ profile to use Helpouts.
  2. Set up your Google Wallet.
    • For Customers: You’ll be asked to sign up and add a credit card before your first paid Helpout.
    • For Providers: You’ll need to set up a Google Wallet Merchant account before offering your first paid Helpout.

Helpouts by Google provides a complete listing of browser requirements and device requirements to receive or provide a Helpout.

Then, to become a Helpout provider, you’ll need to submit your interest in being invited into the Helpout community. After submitting, you’ll receive a welcome e-mail letting you know that you’re one step closer to getting personalized, expert help solving a problem, completing a project, or mastering a new skill.

Browse the categories or search to get a feel for the categories and even hop onto an instant Helpout to get the full experience.

As you consider if you’ll add Helpouts to what you do, explore what’s trending within the Google+ communities.

The Helpout Community is a supportive and wonderful community to learn and grow with fellow Helpout providers, share best practices and participate in Hangouts with the Helpouts by Google Development Team to better the product and see what they’re testing.

It’s an exciting and developing channel so look for more from me as I take you through the Helpouts by Google adventure.

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FCC Warns ISPs to be Honest With Speed – Transparency Rule Stressed to Ensure Honesty, Compliance

Speed kills.

Or, in the case of Internet service providers, not being open and transparent about service speeds could result in enforcement action. That was the warning delivered by the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday when it announced it has created a new app that will test broadband speeds.

In a press release issued by the commission, providers were reminded of the Transparency Rule.

“The Transparency Rule ensures that consumers have access to information that helps them make informed choices about the broadband Internet access services they buy, so that consumers are not misled or surprised by the quality or cost of the services they actually receive,” the release stated.

The rule doesn’t just protect consumers, though — it contains provisions to ensure “edge providers” can access information that could be relevant to the development of business plans.

“Consumers deserve to get the broadband service they pay for,” FCC chairman Tom Wheeler was quoted as saying by Value Walk.

“After today, no broadband provider can claim they didn’t know we were watching to see that they disclose accurate information about the services they provide.”

Each and every provider of broadband Internet service is expected to comply to the rule. And, the FCC stated, should pay heed to the need to comply.

“The Commission takes the requirements of the Transparency Rule seriously, and we intend to take enforcement action against providers that do not comply with it,” it stated.

Those who do violate the rule may be subject to that enforcement that could include monetary penalties.

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Foursquare Gets Major Overhaul

Foursquare debuted its head-to-toe makeover Wednesday, but many are wondering if the site refresh is enough to transform its from a check-in app to an online discovery destination.

The change, which includes a new logo is a bid by Foursquare to turn itself into the next Yelp, according to critics.

FoursquareBut Foursquare bills the changes as a way to make its service all about its users and their needs and wants.

“Everyone explores the world differently – guided by their own unique tastes, their friends, and the people they trust. Local search has never been good at this,” the company blog post reads. “It doesn’t get you, and, as a result, everyone gets the same one-size-fits-all results. Why should two very different people get the same recommendations when they visit Paris? Or the same list of places when they’re looking for a bar?  We’re about to change that. In a couple weeks, we’re rolling out a brand new version of Foursquare that’s all about you.  Tell us what you like, and we’ll be on the lookout for great places that match your tastes, wherever you are.”

The changes include a new reliance on its new app: Swarm. Beginning today, Foursquare is moving all check-ins to Swarm. Users past check-ins, friends and photos, will all automatically make the transition.

Swarm, which has been created to work seamlessly with Foursquare, was introduced in May in a bid to enable users to easily determine which friends are at a nearby location, message friends to find out who wants to get together later and share what they are doing more easily than they could with Foursquare.

Those who have yet to switch to Swarm will need to download the app to continue to check in.

“No two people view the world exactly the same, so no two people will have the same experience with the app,” the company said. “Once you teach Foursquare a couple things about you – add tastes, follow experts, or even just walk around for a few days – the app will be 100 percent yours.”
To accompany the new app is the new logo which is changing from the check-in checkmark to be a mixture of a map pin and superhero emblem. “We’ve always thought of Foursquare as giving you superpowers to explore your city, and our new logo reflects that vision,” the blog post reads. “It’s coming soon to a homescreen near you.”

 

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Revenue, Profit, Users All Increase for Facebook – Second Quarter Numbers Show $2.9 Billion Revenue

Mark Zuckerberg delivered what may be one of the understatements of the year Wednesday.

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In a press release, the Facebook founder and chief executive officer seemed nonchalant in his summary of the financial results for the year’s second quarter.

“We had a good second quarter,” said Zuckerberg. “Our community has continued to grow, and we see a lot of opportunity ahead as we connect the rest of the world.”

That “good” quarter resulted in Facebook pulling in $2.9 billion in revenue. Analysts, Time reported, had set expectations at $2.8 billion. Profit wise, Facebook generated $791 million.

Advertising revenue accounted for $2.68 billion, nearly a 70 percent jump from the same quarter last year. Interestingly, mobile advertising revenue represented roughly 62 percent of the second quarter’s advertising revenue that, in itself, is a 41 percent jump from the advertising revenue in 2013′s second quarter.

Pundits questioned whether the numbers could be impacted in the coming year after the recent news Facebook, through a social experiment, manipulated users’ news feeds to gauge their reaction and related actions.

It’s too early to know, but Wednesday’s release certainly proved Facebook remains one of the most popular social networks on the globe with 829 million daily average users in June. That’s nearly 20 percent more than the same time last year.

Like mobile advertising, Facebook’s mobile users also increased 39 percent over last year. That means, on average in June, there were 654 million mobile users each day.

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Google Buys DrawElements to Bolster Mobile Advertising

Google continues its spending spree this week by snapping up mobile 3D graphic specialist DrawElements.

The Finnish firm brings new talent to the tech giant as it looks to give its mobile Android software a boost.

According to the New York Times, which described the deal as “small,” Google will add the DrawElements team into the suite of services used by developers to optimize their products for Android. Despite the importance of mobile, Google, thus far, has been toiling to no avail and has even lost a share of the mobile advertising market, mostly to Facebook.

DrawElements, which announced its sale to Google in a brief statement on its website, said it was excited to join Google.

“Thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way; we’re grateful for your support,” the Web page reads.

“Over the next few months, we’ll be working with our colleagues on the Android team to incorporate some of our technology into the compatibility test suite.”

Although Google did not release terms of the deal, some news sources are reporting it was about $10 million.

 

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