Google+ Events – A new development on Google+

Google has rolled out yet another feature onto Google+ been Google+ events, this new feature seems to be similar to Facebook events, yet some good features which set it apart from the Facebook offering.

I really think google+ is setting the benchmark for pictures, my sister who recently was on a 8 month holiday and she wanted to host 1000s of photos from the trip some where other than facbook, so I mentioned Google+ as an options, she was happy too see that Google+ had a great user interface for uploading a large number of images and was very happy with the product overall.

Now onto the new feature on Google+ been Google+ Events:

Popular types of internet activities by Australian’s!

Australian’s are using more and more internet, we are one of the most online nations in the world, not some interesting research from
Roy Morgan indicates some high growth areas online including:

– Steep increase in buying, selling and shopping online.
– Increase in the use of blogs and online communities.
– Increase in banking and finance online.

Types of Activities Done Online
Types of Activities Done Online

Google Paid Advertising on the rise!

It is evident that Google is pushing more and more advertising for key terms in the US market, I mean just looking at the image below we see the future view of the term “gold rings”:

Paid and Organic in 2012
Paid and Organic in 2012

Is this advertising overkill?

Random requests for a referral on Linkedin?

Has any one recently recieved a referral request on Linkedin from some one you have never met? do not know? and not frinds with?

Today I recieved a random request for a referral from some one who I have never met in my life!

I mean sure I will give a referral for some one I have know for 6+ months and worked with in numerous occassions in a work position and or an event in the industry but if I have never met you and you expect to get a rferral keep dreaming (see image below)

Endorse-me-linkedin
Endorse-me-linkedin

I think Linkedin needs to cut down on this type of thing from happening!

What are your thoughts on getting random requests on LinkedIn?

CarInsurance.com.au sells for over $250,000

Today we have seen a great sale of an Australian domain name been CarInsurance.com.au the domain was sold via eBay for $250,000 which is interesting for a high value generic domain, I was surprised to see the domain not sold via a private broker. Also with selling via something such as eBay you limit the amount of lead time potential buyers have to get sign off on funds allocation. That been said this is a very healthy sale for an Australia domain it will be interesting too see who the eventual buyer is weather it be a insurance company or a private investor.

See image below for sale information:

carinsurance.com.au
carinsurance.com.au

Which Australian companies have applied for the new GTLD, Find out here!

I have compiled a list of the Australia companies which have applied for the new GTLD.

These new domain names allow people to access your website by going to the domain direct for example you can type: online.google and it will take you direct to the website. Another important point about these domains is that they cost over $200,000 each, Google has picked up over 101 applications, some of which have been heavily contested.

See the list of Australian buyer below:

gtld-domains-Australian-buyers
gtld-domains-Australian-buyers

Top 10 Social Media Websites (Global)

Hitwise has put together a list of the the top 10 social media website for the week ending June 9th,

These top sites include the following been the top 10 social media website in the world:

1. Facebook
2. Youtube
3. Twitter
4. Yahoo Answers
5. Google+
6. Pinterest
7. Tagged
8. Linkedin
9. Myspace
10. Yelp

Top-Social-Media-Sites
Top-Social-Media-Sites

Interesting to still see Myspace in the top 10 social media website, will be good too see if any new sites make this top 10 list over the coming months.

Twitter Starts TV Advertising!

Twitter TV AD
Twitter TV AD

Twitter has stated advertising on mainstream TV in the US market with a recent promotion with NASCAR, Twitter has pushed several advertising slots in a hop to go more main stream in social media to get traction on competitors such as YouTube and Facebook who have a higher reach.

Google+ Local Global Launch

Some interesting development from Google over the last 24 hours we have seen the roll out of Google+ Local, what this means it that Google Places listings will now be rolled into this new product.

Business owners can continue to manage their local listing information via Google Places for Business at this point in time. Google will aim to make it even easier for business owners to manage their listings on Google and to take full advantage of the social features provided by local Google+ pages features and integration across the two products.

Example of how a Google+ Local page will look:

Google+ Local
Google+ Local

A new video to display some added features of the new Google+ Local product can also be found here:

I feel seom key areas for this new product will be:

1. Integration of Zagat data in Google+ Local.
2. Ability for Location services to be more social.
3. Ability for businesses to let other business leave reviews.

David Mimh has also recently pushed out some information on the new Google+ Local results and ranking factors on his blog: http://www.davidmihm.com/blog/google/local-plus-rankings/