Monthly Archives: March 2011

Words With Friends On Facebook Is Now A Reality

Well, it looks like the war between Facebook and Google + is officially over. Scrabble spinoff and cocaine like word game Words With Friends now play on the web through Facebook. Sorry, Google, try.

In all seriousness, web-based game WWF is good news for all those people out there who do not have an iOS or Android device. They are now to play a game that is very popular and very addictive with their friends on Facebook.

And for those of us who patronize the WWF, every one of our games are portable between Facebook and our mobile devices. This will ensure that there are very few places where one can play their leftovers. I’m looking at you, slow player – you now have a reason for the weaker.

Words With Friends was produced by Texas-based mobile game developer Newtoy. In December of 2010 Newtoy obtained by Zynga, which puts Word With Friends and Chess With Friends is more popular Farmville family.

They recently released “Hanging With Friends,” a nice little game based on the classic game of hangman. The launch of the game that was marred by some technical difficulties and functionality problems such as crashes the app. Although not directly addictive like Word With Friends, Hanging is a very fun mobile game with potential.

Nice new feature Facebook version of the game will bring to the table Google+ Reader “> include” splurge dining “where you can talk smack into the wall of your friends after you play the word 150 points on them. Another feature is the ability to tell your friends that it is their turn by Facebook.

If the shot above is any indication, people seem happy with this news. In less than 30 hours after announcing on their Facebook page, post garnered more than 3,100 likes and over 300 comments.

The Words With Friends Facebook page has over 1.5 million likes, and mobile players with more than 4 million iOS and Android is linked with the Facebook application. Are you happy? It will kill your productivity even more than mobile applications is not? Let us know what you think.

Yahoo Going After Spammers Copycat

Email phishing occasionally make it through the spam filter, and sometimes, they even look real. So Yahoo is trying to protect the receiver (and its own reputation) by demanding “Yahoo! Lottery Spammers “use the name in the fraud.

The company filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in New York City, according to a statement. Yahoo cites Trademark Act Federal, Federal CAN-SPAM Act, and some state laws as the next.

Yahoo Mail Spam Protection

John Kremer, vice president of Yahoo Mail, said, “Yahoo! is 100% committed to protecting our users from fraudulent e-mail and it sends a clear message to spammers. We’re going after people who are trying to negatively affect e-mail experience for consumers on the Internet. With continuous efforts in the litigation, our main goal and priority to further protect Yahoo! Mail users and the public from this kind of fraudulent activity. ‘

The victory of law can not, in a practical sense, close the case – we see spammers survive large well before. Develop at least fall in the category of “good thinking”, though.

In a related action, offering anti-spam Yahoo Tips Yahoo Mail through the site. And this is the word to the wise: Yahoo official communications will always include an exclamation mark after the name of the company. Even CEO Jerry Yang, who did not take, following this rule, in which the spammer (and lazy writer) often do not.

Tool is linked to the decline in Google's Webmaster Come Back To haunt?

Back in June, during the height of the Penguin update freakout, Google’s Matt Cutts hinted that Google will launch “deny the link” tool, so that the webmaster can tell Google backlinks they want Google to ignore . This means that links from around the web that could potentially damage the site’s ranking in Google is ignored and not as opposed to the site in question. This is something that many webmasters and SEO wanted for a long time, and especially since the update Penguin launched earlier this year. On Tuesday, Google has made this dream come true to finally launch the tool, after months of anticipation.

Is that what you expect? Want to use it? Let us know in the comments.

Trial

This tool tells users, “If you believe your site’s ranking was hurt by low quality links that you control, you can ask Google to not take this into account when assessing your site. “

It should be noted, however, that just because you use this tool, and tell Google to ignore certain links, that does not guarantee that Google will listen. It is more of a suggestion to help. Google is clearly the Q & A section of the blog post announcing the tool.

“This tool allows you to show Google that connects you to decline, and I usually ignore the link,” said Google Webmaster Trends Analyst Jonathan Simon. “Just like there rel = ‘canonical’, it is a strong suggestion than a directive, Google reserves the right to trust our own judgment in the case of a corner for example, but we would normally use implicit when we assessed your link. “He added:

If you ever get stuck in linkspam, you can see the message in Webmaster Tools about “unnatural links” pointing to your site. We send this message when we see evidence of paid links, link exchange, or other link schemes that violate our quality guidelines. If you get this message, we recommend that you remove from the web as a lot of spammy or low-quality links to your site as possible. This is the best approach because it addresses the problem at the root. By removing bad link directly, help prevent Google (and other search engines) to take action again in the future. You are also helping to protect the image of your site, because people will not see spam links pointing to your web site and jumping to conclusions about your website or business.

If you’ve done as much as possible to remove the link to the problem, and there are some links you just can not go down, it is a good time to visit our new links page disavow.

With this tool, you can simply upload a txt file that contains a link that you want Google to ignore .. You add one URL per line. You can block specific URLs or domains throughout. To block a domain, use the format: domain: example.com. You can add a comment by inserting a # before them. Google ignores comments. 2MB file size limit.

If you have not seen it yet, watch this video Matt Cutts’ describes a tool. If this is something you are considering using, it is definitely worth ten minutes of your time:

Cutts warned repeatedly that most people do not want to use this tool, and you should really only use this if you are trying hard to get questionable link removed, but was unable to solve it. For more details and minutia how does this tool, with centers help the whole article dedicated to it.

Negative SEO

Negative SEO, a skill which competitors to attack a site with link spam and others, has been debated for a long time, and many people will see this tool as a way to eliminate the effect of the f . Google is particularly responded to it.

“The main purpose of this tool is to help clean up if you accept a bad SEO or mistakes made in your own link-building,” says Simon. “If you know the bad link-building is done on your behalf (eg, paid posts or paid links that pass PageRank), we suggest you contact the website that is linking to you and try to get links taken from the first public web. You are also helping to protect the image of your site, because people do not find a link spam and jump to conclusions about your website or business. If, despite your best efforts, you can get some backlinks, it is time to use this tool to deny the link. ‘

“In general, Google is working hard to prevent other webmasters may harm your rankings,” he added. “However, if you are worried that some backlinks can affect the reputation of your site, you can use the tool to deny the link to display the linked Google should not be ignored. Again, we develop our algorithm with an eye to preventing negative SEO, so most webmasters do not have to worry about negative SEO at all. ‘

Cutts also spoke on the subject at PubCon, which was announced the tool. Search Engine Roundtable liveblogged account of what he said, which reads:

All complaints saw negative SEO, or most, really not negatively impair your SEO. This is a much better use of your time to make your site more efficient compared hurts others. At the same time, we saw it as a case of trouble. Ie buy a new domain and need to clean up the site. There are people who want to go through this process. SEO plus getting new clients who went through a bad SEO.

Warning and overreaction

Again, you do not want to use the tool in some situations. Somewhat later tactic for a positive link to hurt you, and can not be removed otherwise. Google was warned repeatedly about it, because the over-use of this tool can cause webmatsers shot itself in the foot. If you use it willy-nilly, can harm your site by removing links that will really help you in the first place.

It seems like common sense, but since the update Penguin, we’ve seen many examples of webmasters frantically trying to get the link removed even though they admit that they want to maintain, if not for the fear that Google might frown when it (when in fact, it is unlikely they will).

Aaron Wall of SEOBook made some other interesting points in front of the memorial. He writes:

Tool gun decline.

If you get the wrong format errors, you can getting important links for long time period. I suggest that if this happens, you can still get your link back, but not easy.

You can use seen as an admission of guilt? Matt gives the example of “bad” webmasters, who came a bit like “webmaster confess their sins”. This is equivalent to putting your hands and say “yep, I buy links that I think even ingenious!”? Might as well paint targeting your back.

Google would depend More On Social And the author

If overreaction is a problem, and it seems quite likely that, despite the warning Google, this tool can really mess with how Google treats links, history is the backbone of the algorithm.

“Link is one of the most prominent signal that we use to order the search results,” says Simon. “By looking at the links between pages, we can get an idea of ​​the pages of leading and important, and therefore more likely to be relevant to our users. This is the basis of PageRank, which is one of over 200 signals that we expect to determine the rankings. Since PageRank is thus known, it is also a target for spammers, and we constantly fight with linkspam algorithm and by taking manual action. ‘

It will be interesting to see how Google treats links send webmasters ignore, that does not really hurt it in the first place. I was surprised to see some of the Google test industry.

Google does not like it when people manipulated to calculate links, but they only provided the webmaster tools to do it, even if it is rather straightforward black hat approach Google is always trying to get rid of (schema links, paid links, etc..). Now (and we have seen it before with a tool), potentially with a webmaster trying to get rid of the link with the actual value, even in the eyes of Google. I mean, honestly, what is the opportunity to use this tool is 100% how you intend to use, in rare cases?

Google seems to care the other signal to play a larger role in the algorithm. While they are not there yet, by any comments the company made, social signals is almost certainly a play becomes serious. CEO Larry Page asked about it at the conference this week.

He replied, “I think really important to know, again, who you are, what people are – it’s really important to share things. It is essential to know the identity of the person so that you can share stuff and comment on things and improve the ecosystem of the search, you know, as you – as a real person … I think all the things that really matter “.

“That is why we worked hard for Google+, to make [it] is an important part of the search,” she continued. “Again, like Maps, we do not see it as something like the separate dimensions would never play search. If you are looking for something, you want to know the things that your friends saw, or recommended, or write about or share. I’m just kind of an obvious thing. ‘

“I think in general, if the internet is working fine, the available information distributed to many different people and different companies and become work well for everyone,” he said . “You know, I’ve succeeded where it to find all the information in the world, not just a little, right? And in general, I think people are motivated to get the information sought, because then we give the people the user with information. ‘

“So in general, I think the right way to run the internet as a healthy ecosystem,” said Page. “I think the social data is clearly important and useful here. Did we take advantage of that in any way we can. ‘

Google says, the link is a direct target for manipulation, and social may be more difficult to fake (even with specific business, and have many other).

Another signal is hard to fake a writer, which is why Google really push for it now. In a recent Google+ Hangouts, Matt Cutts says the author, “Sometimes you have a higher click through, and people will say, so ‘Oh, that looks like a reliable source.” There is a way to you can participate and get ready for the kind of long-term trends not only know something is said, but who says it and how reputable they are. ‘

“I think if you look further into the future and see what we call social signals or writer or whatever you want to call it, in ten years, I think I know someone really well – if Dan wrote an article, if the comments on the forum or the blog – I still want to see it. So the long-term trend, “he said.

“The idea is you want something that everyone can participate in and just make some classification of the link, and then periodically, as we start to learn more about the writer of high quality, You might think that started to affect the ratings, “he pointed out.

So here you have a Google (Matt Cutts specifically) I stated more important, and you may not have to even use the link associated with the tool that the company recently launched.

Danny Sullivan asked Cutts, the PubCon, why Google is not just bad start discount link, not “consider some of them as potentially negative vote.”

“After all, while it is a fantastic new tool, it is better to not need it at all,” he wrote. Cutts does not really answer the question.

Why did not I think as Danny suggested, and just ignore the bad link to begin with? Do you think social signals and the author is more important than the link? Share your thoughts about Google ranking strategy and a new tool in the comments.

Leading image: The Shining (Warner Bros.)

Block Neo-Nazis in Germany Accounts Twitter, Marking First Usage Local Policies sensor

Currently, there is a tweet circulating that everyone in the world can access the rest of the country – and Twitter in the making.

The transfer of local sensors, Twitter seems to have blocked users from accessing a tweet Germany account said to belong to a neo-Nazi group.

According to the New York Times, Twitter account @ Block hannoverticker, which is included in group Besseres Hannover. In English, that translates to German authorities “Better Hannover.” Asked to block the Twitter account altogether, but Twitter seems to act as a self-proclaimed ability to censor content without affecting the local content in the world.

Should Twitter (and other sites such as Facebook and Google) to act as the police for their content? What, if anything should be censored? Sensor sensor slippery slope again? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Back in 2004, a German court ban appeal strengthens websites spreading neo-Nazi information.

This marks the first time that Twitter has used this controversial measure. This is what Twitter General Counsel Alex MacGillivray is to say in a tweet:

We announced the ability to hold the content back in January we use today for the first time again: a group that is considered illegal in Germany.

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Twitter itself has provided the ability to censor local content on their site back in January. This is what they say about the new rules:

Until now, the only way we can explain the limit ‘country in the world to remove content. Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to withstand reactive content from users in a specific country – while available in the world. We have also developed a way to communicate transparently to users when content is withheld, and why.

We have not yet used this ability, but if and when we are asked to hold your Tweet in a specific country, we try to let the user know, and we will clearly mark when the content is rejected.

It is seen as a change, if not a reversal clearly Twitter belief upheld freedom of expression. Previously, Twitter has stated that “Our position on freedom of expression with a mandate to protect our users’ to speak freely and preserve their ability to contest having their private information revealed.”

Responding to criticism of the policy, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo says that users do not have to worry about it.

“This will only allow companies to transparently handle legitimate government request to remove some content,” he said. He also added that “there is no change in our stance or attitude or policy-related content on Twitter.”

Users from other parts of the world can still view your account and tweets. Although the blocking of accounts in Germany is better than just deleting the account, I’m sure a lot of Twitter users and activists see this as a loss for freedom of speech.

It is important to note that this is only the first time that Twitter has used their new powers given to local sensors. Twitter has banned content on a global scale before, on the orders of the government. Back in February, took the parody Twitter account of French President Nicolas Sarkozy after receiving requests from people closely associated with the camp. They defended the censorship by claiming that the account violated Twitter policies and fake parody account – the primary account does not contain sufficient identifying spurious signal status.

Of course, we mentioned that there are dozens out there that parody accounts up and running for years – many of them fail to provide as much information apart from real people.

Also, it was on the heels of news that Twitter is under fire in France via hashtag anti-Semitic. In this case, the anti-racism group said that they can pursue legal action against the company’s social media. Twitter has seen its share hastag related quandaries, such a massive reaction to a particular tag, # reasonstobeatyourgirlfriend. In this case (and many others) Twitter will work hands-off policy.

And it’s not just Twitter that deal with requests for censorship of certain countries. In August, Indian officials asked Facebook to remove content from sites that claim that they sparked mass panic and exodus of tens of thousands of people from the cities in the northeastern part of the country. Apparently, it was a rumor of some form of violence in the area that sent people fleeing. In this case, Facebook provides a response time that “we simply remove certain content that violates our terms.”

But Facebook is not always the route. Back in March 2011, the Minister of diplomacy, Israel asked Facebook to immediately close the page called the Third Palestinian Intifada. Facebook finally remove the pages, as Forrester has actually violated their terms (that incite violence). More recently, the Australian asks Facebook to remove the page targeted Aboriginal people in this country. Facebook also meet that demand.

Google, of course, get hundreds of removing demand from the government every year. One example of the most recent and highly-publicized are from Brazil, when the company refused to do what a Brazilian judge considered “damaging” YouTube video of local political candidates. After a fight between the head of Google’s Brazilian Fabio Coelho and the law, I finally gave up taking a “break” video. But on the other hand, Google has refused to take a “Muslim child” famous video that sparked violent protests in many parts of the Middle East.

Point, sensor web of confusing and not always easy to exactly the same way by the company.

Privacy policy is different from most other asset as it allows them to block some content locally, but around the world. Do you think the local sensor is a better alternative for simple removal of content across? Being a private company, Twitter has the right to do so. But should they?

Or the limits of freedom of speech are not acceptable, even when it comes to hate speech that the country is considered illegal? Let us know in the comments.

Windows 7: 2009 Release, Multi-Touch Capabilities

A whole lot of people (including your humble author) to hang onto your old car computer, hoping they last until Windows 7 is released. At the conference yesterday, launching the end of 2009 is confirmed, and exciting multi-touch display capabilities.

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer on stage at the D: All Things Digital conference, so the date of 2009 is expected to remain stable. This is in line with numerous hints and tidbits dropped before.

Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7

The multi-touch interface, Julie Larson-Green, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of program management for the Windows Experience, confirmed that it was built around the Windows 7 operating system, and not a gimmick more limited.

Microsoft team did not leave him on this issue – “[p] lease note, you will see the application for demonstration purposes only,” wrote Chris Flores on the Windows Vista Team Blog – but The demonstration video shows off some (interesting and Apple-like) the idea.

Although Vista customers can begin to feel cheated because of all the news, the other is likely to encourage consumer. Just remember not to be so caught up in Windows 7 as you explore your current computer run on the ground.