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Today’s Reading List: April 27, 2015

April 27, 2015 by Darrin Widick  Email    Leave a Comment

Here’s what we are reading today:

  • Stock split could cost Google over $500 million | Yahoo Finance
  • Are These The Winners & Losers Of Google Mobilegeddon? | Search Engine Land
  • Discover to Support Apple Pay This Fall | News & Opinion  | PCMag.com
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops III: Everything You Need to Know | Time
  • Apple Watch Diary – On the road | SlashGear

‘Don’t Say I Didn’t Say I Didn’t Warn Ya About My Blank Space, Baby’

March 3, 2015 by Darrin Widick  Email    Leave a Comment

So while driving my daughter to school recently, I received an imaginary FaceTime call. We didn’t recognize the number, but I had my daughter answer it anyway. I couldn’t really see the face while driving, but the voice sounded familiar.

blank-space-2“Nice to meet you. Where you been?” the voice asked.

Again, I know that voice … but I just can’t place it yet, and I can’t see the face while driving. “Well, just driving my daughter to school,” I say.  “Who is this, and how did you get my number?”

“I could show you incredible things,” she said in a sing-songy voice. “Magic, madness, heaven, sin.”

“Umm, are you sure you meant to call me? I’m happily married, you know? Who is this?” (At this point, my daughter is freaking out, and telling me that I am embarrassing her because I didn’t recognize the famous singer on the line. Both of my daughters are always telling me how embarrassing I am, though, so I still didn’t believe it was someone famous on the line.) Anyway, I assume it’s a setup or a prank, but I’ll play along. “What do you need, Miss Swift?”

“Saw you there and I thought, ‘oh my god, look at that face, you look like my next mistake!’”

“Well, that makes two of you, then, because “a mistake” is certainly what my wife thinks about marrying me.”

“Love’s a game, wanna play?”

“Like I said, I’m already playing. Have been for 25ish years (I’ll get back to you on the exact number).”

“New money, suit and tie. I can read you like a magazine.”

“Well, this dog-eared magazine probably should be easy to read. This suit, however, is actually kind of old. I don’t really wear suits much, and only buy new ones when I outgrow the others, so you’re wrong on that one.”

“Ain’t it funny — rumors fly. And I know you heard about me. So hey, let’s be friends. I’m dying to see how this one ends.”

“Yes, I’ve heard about you. You seem to be a little young to have had all these experiences with love and everything, but I guess you do live in a world I know nothing about. Anyway, does ‘let’s be friends’ happen first or does ‘we’re talking’ happen first? I don’t know the order of things.”

“Grab your passport and my hand. I could make the bad guys good for a weekend.”

“I do have a passport, but something tells me if I grab your hand, and my wife finds out, that may be the last thing I ever touch with that hand. Not worth it for a weekend, even if you think I’m a bad guy.”

“So it’s gonna be forever, or it’s gonna go down in flames.”

“Not exactly a ringing endorsement on us being friends, huh? Forever … or down in flames. No middle ground?”

“You can tell me when it’s over if the high was worth the pain.”

“I can tell you right now … down in flames ain’t worth the pain.”

“Got a long list of ex-lovers … they’ll tell you I’m insane. Cause you know I love the players, and you love the game.”

“I think you may be warning me about something ….”

“Cause we’re young and we’re reckless, we’ll take this way too far.”

“You’re young, and the fact that I have FaceTimed with you this long may be way too reckless and way too far for my well being.”

“It’ll leave you breathless, or with a nasty scar.”

“The scar you leave won’t be anything like the one my wife will give me (she’s a dentist, you know. With pliers and needles and sharp picks and all kinds of scar-inducing tools).”

“Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane. But I got a blank space baby, and I’ll write your name.”

“Remember when I said earlier that you might be warning me about something? I’m slow and all, but I’m hearing a refrain (no pun intended) here.”

“Cherry lips, crystal skies … I could show you incredible things. Stolen kisses, pretty lies … you’re the king baby I’m your queen.”

“Do you always talk in rhymes?”

“Find out what you want. Be that girl for a month. But the worst is yet to come. Oh no.”

“Oh no is right! There’s worse than this?”

“Screaming, crying, perfect storms. I could make all the tables turn. Rose garden filled with thorns, keep you second guessing …”

“Is this where I interrupt you to say, ‘Like oh my god, who is she?’”

“I get drunk on jealousy.”

“I get drunk on a couple beers.”

“You’ll come back each time you leave. Cause darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.”

“I’m dumb, but not stupid. If I ever were dumb enough to visit once, I’m sure I wouldn’t be stupid enough to come back to this nightmare.”

“So it’s gonna be forever. Or it’s gonna go down in flames. You can tell me when it’s over if the high was worth the pain. Got a long list of ex-lovers. They’ll tell you I’m insane. Cause you know I love the players. And you love the game.”

“Not sure, but I think you may be repeating yourself.”

“Cause we’re young and we’re reckless. We’ll take this way too far. And leave you breathless, or with a nasty scar. Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane. But I got a blank space baby, and I’ll write your name.”

“How sweet of you ….”

“Boys only want love if it’s torture.”

“Sadistic boys only want love if it’s torture.”

“Don’t say I didn’t say I didn’t warn you.”

“I think that is a double or triple negative or something.”

“Boys only want love if it’s torture. Don’t say I didn’t say I didn’t warn you.”

“Double negative or not, one thing nobody can say is that you aren’t straight forward, because you certainly did warn the players.”

“Cause we’re young and we’re reckless. We’ll take this way too far. And it’ll leave you breathless, or with a nasty scar. Got a long list of ex-lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane. But I got a blank space baby, and I’ll write your name.”

“No, no you won’t. I’ve heard enough. I’m out.” And I ended the imaginary FaceTime chat. It seemed ok in the beginning, but the tables did indeed turn there.

What is strange is that it seems like this call comes back once every hour or so. Like it’s in heavy rotation or something.

Weekly Tweet Roundup 09/19/2014

September 22, 2014 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

Weekly Tweet Roundup

Friday, September 19, 2014

  1. Snapchat Scores Nike’s Director Of Digital To Win Sports Partnerships | TechCrunch
  2. Bing Ads Rolling Out Dynamic Sitelinks In U.S. | Search Engine Land
  3. YouTube once again looking to help fund original content | 9to5Google

Thursday, September 18, 2014

  1. Facebook Tweaks News Feed to Surface Fresher Content | Mashable
  2. Twitter Updates Tailored Audiences for New Targeting Capabilities | ClickZ
  3. Google Drops Google+ From Knowledge Graph Box | Search Engine Roundtable

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Weekly Tweet Roundup 08/29/2014

September 2, 2014 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

Weekly Tweet Roundup

Thursday, August 28, 2014

  1. Why It Matters Where Apple Launches the iPhone | Mashable
  2. What’s Next for Twitter Marketing Real World Innovation? | ClickZ
  3. It’s Over: The Rise & Fall Of Google Authorship For Search Results | Search Engine Land

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  1. How Many People See Your Tweets? Twitter Opens Its Nifty Analytics Dashboard To Everyone | TechCrunch
  2. Yahoo Experimenting With A New User Interface | Search Engine Land
  3. Facebook Unveils New Bandwidth Targeting Capability | ClickZ

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Weekly Tweet Roundup 08/22/2014

August 25, 2014 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

Weekly Tweet Roundup

Friday, August 22, 2014

  1. Move Aside Twitter Timeline Haters, Business Wins | Mashable 
  2. Converting on Facebook: Why Losing Like-Gate Doesn’t Really Matter | ClickZ
  3. Bing’s Image Search Widget Lets You Embed Image Results On Your Web Site | Search Engine Land 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

  1. Google Maps Street View tours the sets of Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, more |  http://g-3.me/1tpWU6s
  2. Those Free AOL CDs Were a Campaign for Web Domination. It Worked. |  http://g-3.me/1tvg8H2
  3. Instagram Starts Offering Essential Ad Tools At Last | TechCrunch

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Weekly Tweet Roundup 08/08/2014

August 11, 2014 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

Weekly Tweet Roundup

Friday, August 8, 2014

  1. Google tests method of identifying a user’s mobile site usage vs native apps | 9to5Google
  2. Facebook Buys Security Firm PrivateCore | Mashable 
  3. Why You Can’t Hide From Mobile PPC | Search Engine Land

Thursday, August 7, 2014

  1. Secure Sites Will Show Up Higher in Google Search Results | Mashable
  2. SEO Industry Tweets Its Reactions To Google’s SSL Ranking Boost | Search Engine Land
  3. Wikipedia Picks Up $140,000 In Bitcoin Donations In One Week | TechCrunch

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Weekly Tweet Roundup 08/01/2014

August 4, 2014 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

Weekly Tweet Roundup

Thursday, July 31, 2014

  1. NBA Becomes First Sports League to Put Its Twitter Handle on Every Game Ball | Mashable
  2. App Marketing Costs Continue to Rise | ClickZ
  3. Twitter Acquires Password Security Startup Mitro, Open Sources Its Product | TechCrunch

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

  1. Expedia Becomes A New York City Hotel After Google’s Pigeon Local Update | Search Engine Land
  2. Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Donations With Coinbase | TechCrunch
  3. Twitter Boasts $312 Million Revenue for Q2 as User Base Soars | ClickZ

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Weekly Tweet Roundup 07/25/2014

July 28, 2014 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

Weekly Tweet Roundup

Friday, July 25, 2014

  1. Google’s Pigeon Update Solves Yelp Problem, Boosts Local Directories | Search Engine Land
  2. Don’t Hold Your Breath Just Yet for Snapchat Monetization | ClickZ
  3. Google plans to create a ‘baseline’ of health from extensive data collected in new study | 9to5Google

Thursday, July 24, 2014

  1. Mobile Is the Message for Facebook Q2 Earnings | ClickZ
  2. Instagram’s plan for new ‘Bolt’ one-tap photo messaging app leaks? | 9to5Google
  3. 85% of Retailers Say Paid Search is Most Effective Acquisition Channel | Search Engine Watch

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Weekly Tweet Roundup 07/18/2014

July 18, 2014 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

Friday, July 18, 2014

  1. Google Penalty Hits eBay’s Bottom Line, May Cost Up To $200 Million In Revenue | Search Engine Land
  2. Twitter Acquires CardSpring To Power In-Tweet Commerce And Offers | TechCrunch
  3. I’m an Instagram Lover and a Fighter – Are Ads Going to Ruin My Relationship? | ClickZ

Thursday, July 17, 2014

  1. Google Analytics Gets Its Own Dedicated iPhone App | TechCrunch
  2. Facebook Begins Testing a Buy Button | Mashable
  3. Google rolling out live event alerts in search results for YouTube and Hangouts | 9to5Google

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Weekly Tweet Roundup 06/27/2014

June 27, 2014 by Ryan Kesner  Email    Leave a Comment

Weekly Tweet Roundup

Friday, June 27, 2014

  1. Bing Ups Its Twitter Game: Rolls Out Hashtag & Twitter Handle Search Features | Search Engine Land
  2. YouTube Announces Translator, Tip Jar and Other Goodies at Vidcon | Mashable
  3. Twitter’s MoPub Expands Native Ad Capabilities | ClickZ

Thursday, June 26, 2014

  1. Google Announces the End of Author Photos in Search: What You Should Know | Moz
  2. How Bing Picks Your Title Tag In Search Results | Search Engine Roundtable
  3. Non-Sponsors Generating Majority of World Cup Online Ad Shares | ClickZ

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