A couple of years back, Google overhauled the tool leaving us all learning a new tool (or being forced to make an extra click for the old version. Sound familiar?). Eventually the old version link disappeared and we were all forced to learn the new tool. It’s never been great in my opinion, but it’s been adequate. Then today I noticed the helpful folks at Google Adwords are testing a new (optional) feature in the keyword tool – “Ad Group Ideas (Beta)”.
How do you get a custom URL when FB automatically assigns you the long URL with all of the numbers? Well, it used to be that you first had to get 25 “Fans” of your page before you could transition, but a few things changed about six months ago. First, FB ditched “Fans” in favor of “Likes” and then they dropped the minimum 25 “Like” requirement. (The requirement was apparently resurrected at one point, but was quickly dropped again as far as we can tell.) Now, if you have a Facebook business page, there are several ways you can initiate the simple process of claiming your vanity URL.
Well, everyone knew this day was coming, and I suppose I’m lucky to have been able to hang on to the familiar old interface as long as I have, but it appears that Google Analytics has finally done away with the “Old Version” option.
We’re excited to announce today’s launch of the new Community of Observers site for the Fairbanks Museum. As we explained back in July, this site allows citizen scientists, including individuals, school groups and anyone else who likes to observe nature; to record what they see going on around them and share that information in a collaborative effort to track the impacts of climate change on the environment.
I’m sure we can all agree that it’s annoying to walk down the sidewalk behind someone who is trying to text while walking, even though most of us probably do it ourselves… but I ran across a clip yesterday that should give us all pause the next time we think about engaging in this obnoxious […]
In our recent post “What is Google Places”, we offered a crash course in claiming and optimizing your business’s listing for local search on Google. To help you avoid initiating the creation or claiming of a listing without being fully prepared, we included as many screen shots as possible in an effort to show you all of the available fields you’d be able to fill out when you begin editing your Google Places listing.
By now you’ve heard all of the hype over the Google’s Project Glass, but even that promo video we all saw was called “Project Glass: One day…” because it’s not anywhere even close to being ready yet. Microsoft saw the opportunity to capitalize on the hype and is rushing the release of their new Windows Glasses. Check out the amazing promo.
If you’re like us, you’ve discovered that Facebook and Bing Maps are terribly unreliable when it comes to matching up their map pin marker to the address you entered for your business or organization on your Facebook fan page. See the screen shot to the right to see where they originally placed Vermont Design Works. That’s right, even though you can clearly see that we are on West Canal St., Bing freaked out and put us on West Street. In fairness, why would a tiny startup like Microsoft be equipped to deal with buffoonery that lead to a city having multiple streets that start with “West”.
If you’ve found this page, then my guess is that you’re desperately trying to figure out why you keep getting a blank white screen of death when trying to save edits to your Facebook business page. We recently ran in to this issue ourselves when trying to edit pages for some of our clients as well as our own page. In the case of our Vermont Design Works Facebook page, our pin marker wasn’t even on our actual street, thanks to the geniuses at Bing Maps which is what FB uses for maps displayed on business pages (more on that tomorrow). Anyway, I tried to move the pin and got nothing but a white screen after saving the change. I went back and tried again, this time adding in a couple of new categories as well. Nothing – still just a blank screen after saving.