Social media and online marketing for businesses:
Social media updates and announcements include Facebook introducing the use of clickable hashtags, with a hashtag search function, as well as the ability to comment using images. We also found some suggestions on how to make the most of Pinterest's new look by using bolder, bigger pins and 'rich pins'. This article reveals some interesting statistics on social media marketing, with blogging coming out as the top focus that marketers want to learn more about.
|Pinterest's new look|
Moz blog discusses the growing expanse of internet and search in relation to the future of SEO, suggesting that whilst there is a need for search there will always be a need to optimise information and how it is found. And here are five useful tips to increase your web presence, including utitlising Google places, Google+ and social media scheduling.
Escaping technology and how it is entwined with many of our daily lives might not be something you would consider; this insightful post detailing the lead up to and process of switching off and becoming internet-less for 25 days highlights the nature of social media's design to be ever present, with no 'vacation mode'.
Art, Design and Technology
|Origami street art in Angers|
An interesting project to help remote places on Earth receive Internet access is being trialed by Google, using solar powered balloons which hover 12 miles high and use open frequency radio bands to transmit internet traffic to the ground.
A new app designed to help people avoid being recorded on CCTV in New York maps private and public cameras on the streets and highlights a developing technology which may be useful to law enforcement operations as well as privacy advocates.
Designs that caught our eye this week include these colourful origami street art displays in France, an 8 bit Super Mario character cake design, this periodic table designed to represent the Muppets characters, and these animated gif images of everyday and unusual activities.
Here's a video explaining the idea of Google's Project Loon, giving Internet access through balloons: