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Updated: The Three Branding Opportunities in the Local Knowledge Panel

Google is always testing new ways of organizing and presenting Search results, including Local Knowledge Panel results. Business owners must be aware of these changes, and of the benefits of claiming and optimizing their Google My Business listings.

In the following article, I discuss the three opportunities for business branding in the Local Knowledge Panel, including:

Your Business Logo
Your Map & Search Photos
Your Business Description

I've also updated the article to reflect the removal of Recent Posts on Google+ from Local Knowledge Panel results.  Actively Posting to your Google+ Page might still be valuable in other ways, but is no longer of benefit for Local Knowledge Panel results.

#LocalSEO   #LocalSearch   #Branding  
Your local business is a brand. Maybe you already know that, or maybe you've been thinking of brands as a mighty entity like Apple or Coca Cola. However, whether you're a Small Business of one, a Medium Sized Business of hundreds, or a Mega Corporation with thousands of employees, your company is defined by its brand.In the Internet Era one of the most important places to define your brand is online, and in that online world, one of the most if n...
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Biggest Loser Contestants Permanently Damage Their Metabolism

A new study of former winners of the TV show Biggest Loser has found that their rapid weight loss reduces their metabolism, and that it never recovers. This is part of why only a single contestant has managed to keep the weight off, and even he is struggling with an abnormally low metabolism.

It seems certain that these findings can generalize to other cases where people lose a lot of weight quickly through extremes of diet and exercise. The body is simply not meant to lose hundreds of pounds in a hurry, anymore than it is meant to gain hundreds of pounds in the same rapid timeframe.

This can be seen, in many ways, as a consequence of our modern cultural obsession with thinness as a standard of attractiveness and health. While there can be no doubt that morbid obesity (as opposed to merely 'weighing too much' according to subjective standards) can have dangerous health consequences, the price to be paid in the pursuit of a thinness many people can never obtain (because their natural body types don't permit it) can be measured in damaged metabolism, 'yo-yo' weight loss and weight gain, and in extreme cases in potentially fatal eating disorders.

Perhaps saddest of all, it is unlikely these findings will lead to the end of the 'Fast Weight Loss' genre of television shows, even though it is arguably unethical to continue knowing what we know now. No one cares what happens after the cameras stop filming, unfortunately.

#Science #BiggestLoser #WeightLoss
The study, published in the journal Obesity, followed 14 contestants from season 8 over six years
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You can't beat genetics. Unless you're a Mutant, and by that point you may find yourself more enslaved to that! I'm sure Wolverine or Cyclops would testify...

But let me just caution all that gradual, balanced weight loss doesn't make for good TV as even "good TV" as a concept is debatable at best.
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Search 'Floating Action Button' Replaced By Search Bar In Google Photos

The latest update for +Google Photos​ for Android removes the Material Design-inspired 'Floating Action Button' (FAB) for Searching photos with a dedicated Search bar at the top of the app.

This is a good move. Visually, it brings Android in line with the web version of Google Photos (which also sports a Search bar), and at the same time proves that Material Design is an ideal, not a pair of handcuffs.

While FAB's are intended to provide quick access to an app's most common use, such as posting a social update or checking-in to a location from a check-in service, and while one could argue that Search is being promoted as a 'killer feature' of Google Photos and therefore the use of a Search FAB made a certain amount of sense, from a design perspective it makes more sense to use a dedicated Search bar.

A Search bar is a more overt Call-To-Action, and can be used to display additional information like Search Suggestions and Search History which an FAB would lack. At the same time, unlike the aforementioned Search FAB, the dedicated Search bar doesn't get in the way (visually) of any of your photos while scrolling your Photo collection and albums.

The 'pre-filled Searches' previously available by tapping the FAB (and before Searching for anything) are now available under 'People', 'Places', and 'Things' in a ribbon at the top of the Albums screen.

#MaterialDesign #GooglePhotos
Search faster and customize the mini-movies that Google Photos makes for you.
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Google Posts May Be Bad News For Twitter

Google is testing a new Search feature allowing select Verified Users (presently limited to some Presidential candidates, businesses, athletes, and other public figures and organizations but expected to roll out more widely) to 'Post' directly and instantly to Google Search Results.

These 'Google Posts' (or 'Posts with Google', if the URL for the program is to be taken as its name) are similar in style to embedded Tweets in Search Results, and sometimes drive those same Tweets down in the SERP's.

As this has been one of the major benefits of the renewed Twitter-Google Search deal, this may be very bad for the long-suffering 'Little Blue Bird' social network, as I also argued in 'How Google Posts Could Hobble Twitter' (

#SocialMedia #Twitter #GooglePosts
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+John Chvatal Good question, but at this point I'm not sure, "Getting more businesses using Google+" is even a goal of the parent company.
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Slime Mold 'Learning' Challenges Scientific Ideas About Intelligence

The single-celled slime mold is more impressive than its disgusting name would suggest. It can solve mazes (by means of chemical markers), display basic altruism, and it even exhibits an intuitive knack for efficiency.

And, as it turns out, they're also capable of a form of learning previously believed to require sophisticated neurological structures (i.e. a brain). In a recent experiment, slime molds were found to habituate over time to a bitter but nontoxic substance in order to reach a food supply, crossing a 'bitter bridge' slowly at first, but then more quickly upon discovering its harmlessness.

Swap out the first substance with another bitter but harmless substance, and the mold returns to its earlier, more timid behavior until habituated to the new substance, just as would be predicted if this were a true form of habituation.

As the study author Romain Boisseau noted, learning "is something that we thought was very complicated. You know, it requires a lot of neurons and connections and a brain. But maybe the fact that it is happening at the level of one cell indicates that this process we thought was complex might be enabled by a simple mechanism." This mechanism could have evolved very early in life. It could be more universal than we realized. "Which would be awesome," Boisseau said.

#Science #Evolution #Intelligence
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Chrysler and Alphabet In Late Stage Car Talks

Fiat Chrysler and Alphabet's driverless car company (formerly part of Google) are reportedly in 'late stage' discussions for a deal.

This would presumably see Fiat Chrysler building the cars, and Alphabet licensing the autonomous driving technology.

This could see driverless cars hitting the consumer market quicker than some people imagined they would be.

#DriverlessCars #AutonomousVehicles
Fiat Chrysler is in talks with Alphabet, Google’s parent, about a technology collaboration focused on self-driving cars, a person familiar with the discussions has told the Financial Times. Talks on a deal — which would pair Alphabet’s expertise in
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+Keith Bloemendaal no. All the insurance companies are thinking the same thing. That is why it's going to happen. The insurance companies are NOT your friends, they're in in to make money. If a self-driving car reduces their costs by 15% or 20%, then you're riding in an autonomous vehicle or you're paying out your bleeding ass.
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"That which is above is from that which is below, and that which is below is from that which is above, working the miracles of One." - Emerald Tablet of Hermes
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+Eli Fennell you should give a listen to Tool's Lateralus album...
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My Tips For Using Google+ Collections

Google+'s new focus, ever since its recent 'Material Design Makeover', has been squarely on two areas of the network: Collections and Communities. It has now become far easier to connect with Followers along a particular topic or theme than to attract Followers to your Profile. (By all accounts, including +CircleCount's extensive data about Google+ users and trends, Profile and Page growth has virtually flattened as the emphasis has changed to Collections and Communities.)

It is no longer optional, if your goal is to build a large and engaged audience on Google+, to place your focus on these areas. Admittedly, I've never been very good at running a Community of my own (though I do moderate a few), but when it comes to Collections, I've had several of my Collections Featured by the network, three of which have over 100K Followers, with one Collection achieving over 300K Followers since debuting last year.

In the following article, I offer a few basic tips for creating and getting the most traction from your Google+ Collections.

#SocialMediaTips #SocialMediaMarketing #NewGooglePlus
Tips, Tricks, and Advice for Using and Marketing the New Google+ Collections Feature
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Chrome Tops Internet Explorer While Edge Is MIA

Google Chrome has overtaken Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the dominant web browser for PC users. According to some statistics, this actually happened years ago, but other stats have shown IE ahead before now. Even those statistics now show Chrome on top, while Microsoft's new Edge browser doesn't even show on their radar.

This may help explain why Microsoft has now hardwired Cortana in Windows 10 to work exclusively with the Edge browser and Bing.

#Windows10 #Chrome #Edge
While Google's Chrome web browser takes the market lead, Microsoft Edge is nowhere to be found.
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Letter From U.S. Assistant SecDef to Republican Benghazi Chairman

If you're an American taxpayer, and you're curious just exactly how much of a waste of your tax money the Republican-led Benghazi Committee has become, you'll find the linked letter below from Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs Stephen Hedger to Benghazi Republican Chairman Trey Gowdy as enlightening as it is infuriating.


The Committee requested to interview an individual who claimed on his Facebook page that he had been a mechanic at an air base in Europe the night of the attack and alleged that planes at his base could have been deployed to Benghazi in time to make a difference. The Department maintains that locating these types of individuals are not necessary since such claims are easily dismissed by any one of the multiple high-level military officials already interviewed.

The Committee has requested to interview an individual identified as "John From Iowa" who described himself as a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) camera operator on a talk radio show, where he described what he allegedly saw in the video feed from the night of the attack. The Department has expended significant resources to locate anyone who might match the description of this person, to no avail.

#Election2016 #Benghazi
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+Keith Bloemendaal The letter was a straightforward request by concerned parties to cease wasting the DoD's time on wild goose chases. Just because someone is a Democrat or a Republican doesn't mean everything, even the basic fulfillment of their job description, is 'political'.
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Facebook Reactions and Election 2016
How Followers React To The Candidates

Facebook Reactions are changing the way users engage on the network, and yielding valuable insights for marketers and data scientists. One group of accounts that yield a lot of data on Reactions are the remaining candidates running for the nomination of their parties for President.

Disclaimer: Facebook Reactions to a public figure do not necessarily reflect how the average person feels about them.

That said, the results are suggestive, insofar as they can be seen reflecting broader trends. Donald Trump, for example, gets the most Anger Reactions and Wow Reactions. Bernie Sanders gets the highest level of Love Reactions (mirroring the strong passions and general youthfulness and social media savvy of his supporters), and the best ratio of Loves to Angers. John Kasich gets the fewest Sad Reactions (perhaps mirroring the 'High Ground' approach of his campaign). Hillary Clinton isn't highest in anything, but does well on Loves and Love-Anger ratio and lowest on Wows, as one might expect from the way her campaign frames her and her supporters view her as a 'Mature, Qualified, and Steady Hand' with 'Realistic Policy Proposals' who can 'Build On The Gains of Obama'.

One can also see in these results the 'double-edged sword' ( of particular Reactions. Trump probably gets Anger Reactions from both supporters (the 'anger' of his base voters is famous) and opponents (who are angry at him, not with him). He also gets the most Wows, and this is probably a mixed bag as well, with both supporters and opponents contributing.

#SocialMedia #Reactions
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Competing Browsers and Search Engines Blocked From Cortana on Windows 10

Microsoft has blocked 3rd party browsers and Search providers from Cortana on Windows 10. Moving forward, only Bing Search and Microsoft's new Edge browser will work with the company's integrated Virtual Assistant, in the name of what Microsoft calls the, "Integrated Search Experience in Windows 10."

Personally, I don't object to this move in principle, as Cortana clearly needs access to an integrated browsing and Search experience as part of the Microsoft ecosystem in order to be optimally effective. As long as Windows 10 will allow 3rd party alternative Virtual Assistants from companies like Google, which can be similarly designed to work only with an integrated Search and browsing experience (i.e. Google Chrome and Google Search), there will be room for healthy competition.

That said, it behooves competition regulators to ensure Windows 10 doesn't become a 'Microsoft Only' ecosystem. Alternative choices must be possible.

#Windows10 #Cortana
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The Key to Social Media is Being Social
I love technology and how it changes our lives.  There's something almost spiritual about how new technologies connect and empower us.  And it's really cool, too.

I talk about Social Media Marketing, Technology, and assorted nerdishness and geekery, and occasionally try my hand (with some successes and some failures) at a bit of humor.  I love to create conversations across my social networks, and to help others find their own voice through social media and social media marketing

I work with On Track Tips | Wiser Sites on SEO & Social Media Marketing, and am always looking to learn and grow in my career.

Google+ Highlights
  • Active User Since Beta
  • Beta Tester of Google+ Collections
  • In the Top 750 U.S. G+ Profiles according to
  • Have Appeared in Hangouts On Air Alongside Mark Traphagen, Ronnie Bincer, Peter G. McDermott, J.C. Kendall (R.I.P.), Ray Hiltz, Melissa Carlson, Sarah Hill, DeAno Jackson, Adam Eyster, Yifat Cohen, Martin Shervington, Lee Smallwood, Meilani MacDonald, Elaine Nieberding, Sana Ahmed, Mia Voss, and Others
  • Known for: Commentary, Analysis, and Reviews of Technology - Social Media and Internet Marketing Trends and Strategies - Science News and Analysis  - Image and Video Memes - Humor - Weird News

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Communities I Moderate

How to Get the Most Out of Google+

Be yourself.  Be passionate.  Be open.  Share.  Leave great comments.  Make great stuff, whatever it is, photos, memes, thought provoking articles, selfies, geekery, stories about your children, your adventures and misadventures, your day, your home life, your professional life.  Use Social Media however you want to!

Seek out people with similar interests and passions, or people whose interests inspire you, or people who are just great to talk to.  Make it your own.  Talk to the world, and be prepared for the world to talk back.  If no one you know is using Google+, try meeting people who are, because in my experience we're mostly a friendly lot.  Above all else, be authentic.

Did you know Google has made an Official Guide for growing your presence on Google+?  It's called the Google+ Partner Playbook and it's free to download.

My First 'Viral' Post

Every story of Social Media success begins somewhere.  Mine began with the following post on Google+ (which was also an article on my personal blog): Google+ IS and WILL BE a Huge Success

The article was shared by Mark Traphagen, and from there spread farther and faster than I had ever imagined anything I wrote would.  Four years later I still stand behind that statement, and I'm glad I saw the potential of Google+ in the early days.  A lot has changed since then, but Google+ is a huge success in its own right with a large and passionate user base.  That first spark of social networking connection inspired me to dive deeper into the online realms like Twitter, LinkedIn, and even Facebook again, and now I get to enjoy the company of thousands of great minds and great souls all around the world.


I've lived in South Florida my whole life, and it would be hard for me to imagine living anywhere else.  I was born to two wonderful parents who are still together after all these years and into a wonderful and supportive family that stuck together through all the trials and tribulations that we faced.

I'm an absolute technology geek, especially for personal computing.  If software runs on it, I want to know about it.  I've had many passions in my life, and nearly all of them have involved technology and science, but art, philosophy, and even a mystical streak also help define me.  I can also geek out on stuff like Doctor Who, The Avengers, and Homeland.  The geekery runs deep within me, but so does the artist and the dreamer.

I'm also an Elder Scrolls addict, 1/16th Ewok, half Vulcan, and three-quarters Irish potato stew.

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"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." - Richard Feynman
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Play your downloaded videos on the Chromecast™ (any file type)

LastPass: Free Password Manager

LastPass, an award-winning password manager, saves your passwords and gives you secure access from every computer and mobile device.


The easiest way to share to ANYWHERE including Google+ profiles, pages, circles, communities and collections.

Trump campaign manager charged with battery in Florida - The Washington ...

Corey Lewandowski faces a misdemeanor count for allegedly grabbing a reporter.


A tool that helps prevent online bullying behaviour, identifying insulting statements in real time with a red line.

Google is making a keyboard for the iPhone

Google has been developing a third-party keyboard for iOS that would put the company’s search engine in a highly used part of the interface,

ETER9 - Living Cyberspace

It's a world that never sleeps and where you can interact and intervene without stops, relying on a counterpart that will be active while yo


Google+ is a place to connect with friends and family, and explore all of your interests. Share photos, send messages, and stay in touch wit

Reports: New Haven hit-&-run driver was a "wolverine with vampi...

It is unclear if the witness meant the character Wolverine from the XMen comics or an actual wolverine.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Apple’s Appeal in E-Book Pricing Case - T...

Apple had wanted to appeal a lower court’s determination that it and five publishers had conspired to raise e-book prices above Amazon’s sta

Ray Tomlinson, creator of the email, dies aged 74

He was responsible for the @ in your address.

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan dead at 94 - NY Daily News

She was one of the most hands-on First Ladies the nation has ever known

Ben Carson Ends His Once-Promising Presidential Bid

Ben Carson officially suspended his presidential campaign on Friday, ending an upstart bid that began with promise before fizzling out.

Knife reportedly found on former O.J. Simpson property is being tested b...

In another twist in the long-running O.J. Simpson saga, Los Angeles police are investigating and testing a knife that was reportedly recover


Add this app to your Chrome browser and replace all instances of "Trump" with "Drumpf."

Android TV Experience — Medium

As a first and foremost disclaimer, I haven’t had the pleasure of actually owning an Android TV, only testing a producti…

An Open Letter to My Friends Who Support Donald Trump

I'm cool with you removing me from your friends list if you don't like this post. You can even disown me if you like. But Donald Trump isn't

Why it's time to give Twitter back to the community | ZDNet

Twitter is too important to twist in the wind. Infinitely more value could be unlocked if it become an open platform again. Think data and d

Is Content Shock Real?

I want to take a look at the issues surrounding content shock, and what it means for marketers.

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