Social Media archives

Search & Social – you can’t get the cream out of the coffee

11 January 2012 by Joost de Valk » - 45 Comments

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Yesterday, Google launched “Search plus your World“, intermixing search and social and providing even more “personalized” results. There’s a lot of outcry about some parts of this, with people saying they don’t want “personalized” results. I actually think that normal users do want personalized results and that this is, for the most part, a good thing.  »

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Optimizing the Facebook Open Graph Protocol

27 June 2011 by Alex Moss » - 25 Comments

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A small note from Joost first: I’m working on a project with Alex Moss from Pleer. He knows an awful lot about the Facebook Open Graph protocol, in fact he did a couple of pretty good plugins for Facebook comments and buttons etc. I asked him to do a guest post about Open Graph here, »

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Facebook Share (for WP E-Commerce sites too!)

21 October 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 36 Comments

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Sharing posts on Facebook is more fun when you have the proper Facebook share meta tags in your posts and pages, so the content you focus on get’s shared. Especially useful for WP E-Commerce based sites!

Categories: Social Media, WordPress

URLs, social media and campaign tracking

20 August 2010 by Joost de Valk » - 17 Comments

Canonicalizing URLs is a very important  aspect of Search Engine Optimization but also of Social Media Marketing. This morning, when checking my feeds, I noticed an example that I thought could help you understand the what and the why of it. What I noticed was this: Smashing Magazine had put out one of their usually »

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The analytics issue with Twitter

19 January 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 71 Comments

Twitter is great for traffic, but just how great it is, well, you’ll never really know. Why not? You’ll ask. Well, the only traffic you’ll see coming from Twitter is traffic that comes through Twitters web interface. And most people I know don’t use the web interface, they use desktop and / or phone clients. »

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The power of Twitter (clients) exposed

3 January 2009 by Joost de Valk » - 11 Comments

This story shows the power of Twitter and how you should always be prepared for major traffic spikes. Last night, in the beginning of the evening, @michielb twittered that he made a list of most used Twitter clients. I thought it looked pretty cool and asked him if that was measured by unique users or »

Category: Social Media

TwitterCounter: the API and the Mint Pepper

25 November 2008 by Joost de Valk » - 7 Comments

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As you know I’m a big fan of TwitterCounter, and Boris, its creator and founder is one of the few Dutch entrepreneurs I’m actually a fan of, as he really seems to get the “new” web. I emailed him last week, asking why TwitterCounter didn’t have an API, and we started talking about what an »

Category: Social Media