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Ana Hoffman
Works at TrafficGenerationCafe.com
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If I learned anything after many years of building an online empire, it’s this: the online business industry is a scary place. A place where many a mighty business owner has fallen.

Including me.

That’s right, I’ve had some online business flops in the past, until one day I realized that my business was only as good as the number of eyes that saw it on a daily basis.

That’s why I started TrafficGenerationCafe, focusing on various ways to increase website traffic like search engine traffic, social media traffic, networking, as well as how to convert that traffic into subscribers and buyers.

In six quick months, my blog grew to be an authority on traffic generation. My blog’s traffic (I was ranked under 15K on Alexa), reader engagement, and sales showed me that I was on the right track.

This might all seem foreign to you.

Stick with me and it will soon become second nature.

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Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour on Android app release: "It takes time to make something you are proud of."

TechCrunch’s Sarah Lane just interviewed Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour during Disrupt NY 2015 event.

Here are a few pointers from the interview:

♨ RE: Periscopers using the mobile live-streaming app to pirate HBO’s Game of Thrones and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight (http://tgcafe.it/1EOFE0R), Kayvon said:

“Generally there’s way more media attention than there is a problem."

♨ When is Periscope for Android coming?

"We have an incredible Android team that's working hard on the app and we are very close.  We want to make sure we release something we are proud of and something people deserve."

No date, just ' it's coming'.

♨ Map view is coming as well.

This could let users zoom in on a location, like Baltimore, and see streams pinned on a map. 

♨ There will be better ways to discover streams.

♨ Periscope was five people when it launched, and since grown to 13, but is still relatively tiny.

"The thesis of our partnership with Twitter is that we want to be a startup with the resources of a large company."

You can watch the interview at +TechCrunch http://tgcafe.it/1KepNcR

Learn how to use Periscope with my step-by-step tutorial: http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/periscope-tutorial/

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This Chrome extension lets you add formatting to your tweets

Chrome extension Bedazzle (http://tgcafe.it/1zxqpu) adds a faux rich text editor to your Twitter tweet editor on twitter.com.  

With it, you can 'fancify' your text by replacing it with unicode character equivalents that are bold, italic, etc.

I tried it and it works. Looks like fun - when used in moderation.

Let me know what you think of it.

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Collections force Local link out of Google+ menu

Looks like when the Collections link was added to the Google+ menu, the Local link was dropped.

+Linda Buquet from the Local Search Forum asked Google whether this change was permanent, and they sent her the following statement (http://tgcafe.it/1IKdBmb):

"We’ve been making some changes to Google+ to streamline the user experience. Recently, we’ve removed the Local element from the left-hand navigation ribbon and the local search box on Google+ Local pages. Users will see a Profile element and the standard Google+ search box moving forward and may still search for local (and other) pages using this search box."

Reported by +Jennifer Slegg http://tgcafe.it/1c1tQyc

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+Ana Hoffman I am guessing the local link just didn't get enough traffic... We will adapt and keep entering data 
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Do you know what I spent my morning doing?... (besides creating the image below...)

I bet you do. Unfollowing a flood of collections I have no interest in following.

Somehow, G+ team has decided it was a good idea to leave us with no choice but follow everything by default.

#notcoolgoogle+ #ns  
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As we come to know it's the flow of tens of Gega Bites, that trafic per a part of a million of a second, just skip but don't undermine dear +Ana Hoffman, you always one of donners and I represent the big recipients.
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This is what I do when I don't blog. Or cook. Or clean. Or do laundry. Or vacuum. Or grocery shop. Or carpool. Or clean some more...

Love my garden!
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Wow, that is a lot of work.  Mom would have a field day at your place.  She LOVES roses and can stare at them all day long.
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Yet another Meerkat update: A customizable button to continue the experience once your stream is over

Meerkat now lets you add a customizable next-step button to your end of broadcast screen.

The feature sits under your Profile, and gives you the ability to change language and destination URL of the button that appears on your end of broadcast screen.

LOVE it.

Periscope definitely needs to step it up.

Announcement: http://tgcafe.it/1E1mHW0

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+Ana Hoffman Hi Ana, seems I have been brought onto this post, and i write with hesitancy. I say that as I rarely engage with marketers. As a teacher I see information and emerging platforms as academic, not commerce.
 So, from your Unfortunately, it's becoming less and less about the 'best' platform and more and more about which platform can market itself better.
  If that were even vaguely true, then you will see YouTube has world domination as ANY video is NOT time sensitive. On a planet that has 24 hrs in a day and people must sleep every so often, the Meerkat and Periscope is the most ridiculous idea ever, albeit appealing to the odd short term trend and giving those people who feel trendy something new to do.
 In any video we need to look at the ratio of Live:On Demands views, +Bambuser displays this very clearly. I would say as a benchmark 1% live versus 99% On Demand.

As a tail piece, i was joking with +Larry Fournillier the other day (in a video call using the brilliant www.zoom.us) of two new Apps
1, Bystander - where a person goes to the park to eat a sandwich and gets smiles from people passing by, and maybe even the odd person to say something like, lovely weather for this time of tyear. The user gets a feeling people care and they are not alone. (this could be meerkat/periscope). Of course when said lunch is over, the person walks back to the office and it's all over.
2 the busker app works in exactly same way, except the person this time plays music in a public place, the app offers a payment system, just like an open guitar case - if you like it, toss in a few coins. --
  Again very short lived -- ever hear of Justin Bieber, Jessie J or Lana Del Ray - of course you have, they all sat in their bedrooms and sang - and millions watched with no time sensitive issue ..   
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Microsoft released a public preview of Office 2016 for Windows desktops

The new Office 2016 public preview is available for download as of today, May 4.

This is the first public preview and it is available to both Office 365 subscribers (with Pro Plus as part of their subscriptions) and non-subscribers -- and both home users and enterprise users.

You can download it here: https://products.office.com/en-us/office-2016-preview

Before you do though, you might want to know:

♨ Office 2016 works on Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10 PCs, laptops and tablets.

♨ Users must uninstall Office 2013 in order to use the new preview; the two versions cannot run side-by-side.

♨ Microsoft will be updating the public preview regularly, both before it is made commercially available and beyond.

Source: +ZDNet http://tgcafe.it/1R71ZNp

Are you going to test the new Office? Or just wait till the final release? 

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+Douglas Pierre Hear, hear.
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National coffee trends: Men vs Women

For some reason, I fall into the left side of the chart on all counts... You?

Image by +Ryoko Iwata based on +ZAGAT's post http://tgcafe.it/1KdQHBC
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John Mueller Confirms Google Update Wasn’t Panda or Penguin
In today’s Google Webmaster Hangout, the inevitable question came up about the fluctuations people have been seeing in the search results.  John was asked specifically if there was a Panda or Penguin update. We didn’t update anything that I’m aware of.  I saw Barry’s blog post about some changes he was seeing on the weekend.  …
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+Gerd Meissner lol
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This is what I do when I don't blog. Or cook. Or clean. Or do laundry. Or vacuum. Or grocery shop. Or carpool. Or clean some more...

Love my garden!
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+Harleena Singh Certainly not as many as I'd like them to be...
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Will Facebook buy Meerkat? Might. Should.

Meerkat is not going to be able to combat Periscope all on its its own. It needs backup. And a social media platform behind it.

(If you are just catching up, Meerkat and Periscope are mobile apps that let anyone livestream from anywhere, at any time.)

In a recent interview with CNBC (http://tgcafe.it/1ELTEs2), Weblogs CEO Jason Calacanis said this about Meerkat:

"Meerkat is going to be bought by Facebook, I think, in the next six months." 

"As you know, I have a lot of inside information. I'm not an investor in Meerkat, sadly, or, Periscope—I missed both of those—however, I do have a lot of inside information," he said, adding that he doesn't trade stocks.

Would it make sense for FB to buy Meerkat?

I'd say so.

Even though Meerkat makes more sense on Twitter, with its constant feed of real-time reactions, emotions, and conversations, FB could certainly give those livestreams more visibility by prioritizing them in their feed.

Plus, considering FB's quest to grow its video content, plus all the additional outlets where users could broadcast livestreams: WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, this makes sense.

Thoughts?

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Maybe a need option specualte up or down?  Maybe a straddle option so I win either way if the market goes up or down?  what do U think?  LOL
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Meerkat for iOS now lets you publish livestreams to Facebook and links to your phone contacts

New Meerkat features:

♨ Push live and upcoming streams to your Facebook page.

♨ Added Phone verification and Address book integration so that you can magically connect to the people you already know.

♨ Mobbing: When your stream starts to mob, it will become featured on the Meerkat feed. Look out for a little meerkat flying around in a rocket ship!

I've just tried using Meerkat on Android for the first time today. It was a bust, but I am willing to learn.

Are you on Meerkat? Periscope? 

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+Darren Button It does for me, but the features are limited. Have you tried to uninstall/reinstall? Sometimes it helps.
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