“Social Media Web Sites” Best top picks for you?

Are you increasingly hanging out in the social media world? Do you know Facebook is not the only one offering help for you? Plus, informative daily news on Blog or Web sites? 

Pinterest, in particular, is growing rapidly, seeing its Web traffic surge nearly 50 percent in February compared to January, according to recent data from Experian Hitwise. The site now ranks as the third-most-popular social media site, behind Facebook and Twitter. What’s more, the site has been growing as a source for referrals to other Web sites: Pinterest users referred traffic to more Web sites in January than Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube combined, according to a separate study by the site Shareholic.

Ninety-one percent of adults online use social media sites regularly, according to the report. Therefore, we feature daily info. on: www.sierraproperties.com, Trulia, etc!

Experian Hitwise reports the following top six social media Web sites, based on total visitors from March: Facebook: 7 billion, Twitter: 182 million, Pinterest: 104 million, LinkedIn: 86 million, Tagged: 72 million and Google+: 61 million

Source: “ The 2012 Digital Marketer: Benchmark and Trend Report,” Experian (2012) and “New Study Pegs Pinterest as the Number 3 Social Web site,” Forbes (April 9. 2012)

Home Mortgage “Scams Rise on Search Engines”

Federal investigators are investigating the Google, Bing, and Yahoo! search engines in a hunt to find con artists who are using the sites to dupe troubled home owners.

The online ads posted by scammers promise to help save home owners from foreclosure. The ads claim they’ll help home owners through a government-backed program by modifying their mortgage payments so they can keep their home. The deceptive ads often target victims when searches for phrases like “stop foreclosure” are made. 

As part of the scam, con artists will ask for “upfront fees” or ask that mortgage payments be sent to them. Hopefully, most folks in the Placerville, El Dorado County regions are aware these practices are illegal in California. If not, contact us for more information.

Investigators have already uncovered 125 mortgage scams through the search engines as of Monday, according to the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. 

Meanwhile, the three search engines say they will no longer accept ads from Internet agencies linked to such scams. 

Source: “Feds Widen Inquiry of Online Mortgage Scams,” The Associated Press (11/22/11)

Google+ Tops 20 Million Visitors!

In just three weeks since its launch, Google+ has boasted 20 million unique visitors worldwide–more than 5 million in the United States alone–which has many saying that it’s poised to be Facebook’s biggest competitor. Google Inc.’s new social networking site has particularly impressed observers since access to it is still by invitation only, which means a current member has to send you an invitation in order for you to join. Google hasn’t yet unleashed Google+ to its more than 1 billion monthly visitors who use its search engine, Gmail, and other services.

Still, analysts acknowledge that Google+ has a long way to go before reaching Facebook’s 750 million users and even Twitter’s 200 million, but many are expecting it to give steep competition to both.

Google+ allows you to build a social “circle” of friends, easily separating out family and friends from work contacts, and then lets you share comments, articles, photos, and videos with your designated “circle” of friends or even the public. Google+ also boasts a “hangout” feature that lets you do video chats to several contacts simultaneously.

Google+ features will eventually be incorporated into services like YouTube and in Google’s suite of online software for businesses.

 Source: “Google+ Pulls in 20 Million in 3 Weeks,” The Wall Street Journal (July 22, 2011)

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