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A social network for the antisocial

Google Now has been offering Google app users relevant and curated information for a while, but now it’s just one part of an even greater product. The latest update has introduced a new home screen where you’ll be treated to a personalized news feed that has all the stories and articles that you’re most likely to be interested in. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now, “Do I seriously need to add another social network to my daily obsession?” The answer is yes.

Trusted links can increase click-through rate by up to 39%

Our friends at Rebrandly share their thoughts on why custom branded links are important and how you can be using them to boost social engagement.

When someone sees an article you’ve shared, you have only a couple of seconds to grab their attention or they’re going to scroll right past the content you’ve worked so hard to create. Their eyes quickly scan the image, the title and even the link. They’re deciding if clicking this article is worth their time and it happens so quickly that they don’t even realize they’re doing it. It’s psychological.

The long road to internet success, part 5: Community

Part 5 of the series, “The long road to internet success”. Read Part 4 here.

If you recall, we began this journey—this journey to build my online profile and, more harrowingly, increase my wife’s confidence by approximately 23% in my ability to one day host the Academy Awards—on the back of Name.com customer Helene Kwong’s three rules to success: Content, Consistency, Community. We have taken some detours like, for example, when we covered fear. Fear, it turns out, is detriment to all three Cs. But then I realized that freaking out over fear is dumb. Sure, if you’re getting attacked by sharks, be afraid and probably act on fear, but when it comes to creating and promoting content, you’d better be bold. Or at least pretend to be. Here’s a photographic example:

The long road to internet success, part 4: Content with content

Part 4 of the series, “The long road to internet success”. Read Part 3 here. 

So far we have traveled down an amazing road. To recap (or you can do it here, here and here), we’re trying first hand to see what it takes to grow a brand on the internet. We began with an intro to the project—this idea that a Name.com employee can use Name.com products to catch up with his dreams—and then moved into the importance of consistency before dealing with the overwhelming specter of fear.