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Mik Cowans
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Keeping my head up and my handshake firm.

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As previously announced [1], Freebase will be going read-only next Tuesday, March 31st. This means that the website will no longer accept edits and the MQL write API will be retired. 

In that announcement we also promised updates on the Wikidata import review tool and transition plan for the Freebase Search API & Suggest Widget to a Knowledge Graph-based solution.

The Primary Sources tool will have two parts: a front end integrated into the Wikidata User Interface and a back end running on Wikimedia labs to provide data to the front end. Shortly after read-only, we will start with a small set of data in order to get feedback from the community and refine the tool.
- Screenshot and more info: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Primary_sources_tool 
- Code will be available by the end of the month here: https://github.com/google/primarysources
- FAQ by the Wikidata community: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Help:FAQ/Freebase 
- Discussion: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_Freebase

The new Knowledge Graph API should be publicly available as a beta sometime during calendar Q2. We will ensure that there are at least three full months between the launch of that beta and the retirement of the current Freebase APIs, so this does mean the original June 30th retirement date will be pushed out. In the meantime, here are a few more details about the new API:
- Enables searching for Knowledge Graph entities by text or MID
- Returns name, subtitle, image, description and URL for candidate matches
- Results can also be restricted to a specific language or type
- Uses schema.org vocabulary in the JSON-LD format
- Companion Freebase Suggest-like Javascript library

[1] https://plus.google.com/109936836907132434202/posts/bu3z2wVqcQc 
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"Fewer tips and tricks, less looking for short cuts, and more aspiring to think big"
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Don't try and tell me SEO isn't art because these are beautiful. They also tell the stories we often have to interpret with our crawlers as something I'd hang on my wall.
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Some brilliant small business Twitter marketing (too bad the bagel shop in question didn't keep it going). Great read and story though.

Hat tip to +Peter Bray 
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Profiling Reddit Users - infographic
[To enlarge image: http://i.imgur.com/6PUg7hi.png]

Knowing your audience is one of the essential steps to any social media marketing strategy. And if your target is Reddit user, you'll want to read this latest +GlobalWebIndex's infographic that will give you a detailed overview of Reddit users.

Some key highlights are:

• 75 percent of active Reddit users are aged 16-34, just 2 percent are 55-64. 70 percent are male.

• Reddit active users are highly educated: Over half of them have a university or postgraduate degree.

• Reddit active users are highly active on Facebook (95 percent), YouTube (94 percent), Google+ (90 percent) and Twitter (87 percent).

Pin it: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/381539399655532481/

Via: http://www.globalwebindex.net/products/infographic/infographic-reddit-users

#socialmedia   #reddit   #infographic  
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Don't underestimate the importance of a good internal linking strategy
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Imagine if the assets (that flow chart) in this had share options (Pin, Tweet, +1)! Nevertheless, utterly sound video #SEO  advice #UseWistia  
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Bang on, as ever... 
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