As usual, here’s our recap of the best of the Web this week!
This surprisingly prophetic video from 1995 not only predicts how integral the Internet has become to our everyday lives, but how important cats will be to the Internet as a whole. Chilling.
In other news, the rise of mobile continued this week! Independent mobile advertising network, InMobi, reported that Americans now just barely spend more time consuming media on mobile devices than on the TV–2.4 hours versus 2.35 for TV. The craziest part is that 70% of the time, mobile users are consuming that media while also watching TV.
The impact of Twitter on SEO has long been question, debated, and tested. Now that SEOmoz has aquired Twitter analytics tool Followerwonk, we might get some real answers. WebProNews interviewed Rand Fishkin about the acquisition earlier this week.
“I see Twitter impacting a lot of relationship building, which often leads to partnerships, links, referrals, and business development of all kinds,” Fishkin tells WebProNews. “We’re also seeing a very observable correlation directly between URLs/sites that are heavily mentioned on Twitter and enhanced performance in the search results.”
Matt Cutts also chimed in on the topic, clarifying an earlier statement he made about Google crawling Twitter. Basically, after Google’s partnership with Twitter ended, which effectively ended real-time results from Twitter in SERPs, Twitter also blocked Google’s bots from crawling the site. Cutts stated that he doubts whether Twitter’s 400 million tweets a day could withstand Google’s bots crawling each and every one.
Meanwhile, Google Plus managed to garner some attention this week for doing something genuinely funny. When The Oatmeal complained about G+’s ridiculously long URLs and the lack of vanity URLs like Facebook, developers over at Google turned it right back around on him.
Now, http://plus.google.com/blergasdf1234thimbleturdorgasm99meatpoopypoopxv9donkeypie redirects back to The Oatmeal’s Google Plus page. Genius.
This also could indicate Google’s willingness to fork over the ability to add a vanity URL, something most businesses have been waiting for since the day Plus rolled out.