How do you talk about requests for user information that, legally, you can’t talk about? In the case of “National Security Letters” that Google receives from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, a start is to talk generally about the number of requests received. In a blog post today, Google explains that it will now provide broad figures about how many National Security Letters it receives. Not familiar with how the FBI uses these? Google explains: “The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation can issue a National Security Letter (NSL) to obtain identifying information about a subscriber from telephone and Internet companies. The FBI has the authority to prohibit companies from talking about these requests. But we’ve been trying to find a way to provide more information about the NSLs we get—particularly as people have voiced concerns about the increase in their use since 9/11.” Apparently, the way Google has found is to publish … [Read more...] about Google Shares How Often The FBI Sends National Security Letters For User Information
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In 2002, the US Federal Trade Commission created guidelines on how search engines should disclose paid placement and paid inclusion listings. It’s become clear to me over the past two weeks that the search engine industry has either largely forgotten these guidelines or is ignoring them. That’s why I’ve written a letter today to the FTC asking that the agency conduct a compliance review, as well as a review to see if its guidelines should be updated. My letter is below. ========== US Federal Trade Commission Attn: Chairman Jon Leibowitz; Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Advertising Practices; Office of Public Affairs Dear Chairman Leibowitz, The Bureau of Consumer Protection & The Office of Public Affairs In 2002, the US Federal Trade Commission created guidelines for search engines regarding disclosure of paid placement and paid inclusion listings. As a journalist who has covered the search engine space since 1996, I’m finding that the agency … [Read more...] about A Letter To The FTC Regarding Search Engine Disclosure Compliance
Did you know Google may have and may be currently writing letters of recommendation for third-party digital marketing agencies? I have confirmed the letter below was uploaded to an agencies web site and the Googler who signed it did actually work at Google between the April 2015 and November 2017. I just do not know if the Googler actually wrote it and signed it or if it was made up.The letter is written that it comes from Google's stationary and makes the agency look like because of their special partnership with Google, I assume this is the normal Google Partner program, they are an amazing agency and you should hire them.The letter reads:Letter of Recommendation from GoogleMy name is REDACTED and I work on the Partner Agency Team at Google. I have been working with REDACTED (REDACTED.com) for a good while now because Thrive was chosen as one of our VIP Partner Agencies based on client performance and potential. During my time here, I have worked with over 1,000 agencies so my … [Read more...] about Google Writes Letter Of Recommendations For Agencies?
Lastweek, Neil Patel wrotean article about the social media alphabet. It gave a brief overview ofDigg, Netscape,Reddit, andStumbleUpon. While Neil did a greatjob of covering the social news sites, I wanted to chime in and cover some ofthe other letters of the alphabet that should be considered when planning asocial media marketing campaign: Delicious, Flickr, MySpace and YouTube D Is For Delicious Delicious (formally spelled del.icio.usbecause of its URL, http://del.icio.us) is asocial bookmarking site for storing, sharing, and discovering new websites. Themain purpose of Delicious is for storing your bookmarks online instead of inyour browser. This is so you can access them from any computer, share yourbookmarks publicly, and find others with the same interests. Bookmarks are sorted and organized by tags that are assigned by the personbookmarking the link; there is no limit on the number of tags that can beassigned to each bookmark. Delicious was founded in 2003 and was acquired … [Read more...] about More Letters Of The Social Media Alphabet
The site, which positions itself as a “collaborative and challenge based” blog, asked the designers to do a “reskinning” of the current site: With there being already a minimal approach to the page, re-imagining should require us to think hard, critically and outside of the box to create a quality solution. Seven redesigns were submitted, each with an explanation from the designer on the choices they made. Submissions included a range of ideas, from an even more simplistic homepage than the existing one (with the Google logo in gray scale) to a wildly colorful rendition from designer Erik Wagner. “I wanted to bring Google’s color palette forward and create a vibrant, larger-than-life presence for the search function,” said Wagner. His redesign included a map at the bottom of the browser with the option for the map to take over the browser window. “When the map search page takes over the browser, the scrubber reappears at the bottom, this … [Read more...] about America’s Favorite Homepage Gets A Redesign By Letter Society Blog