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Does this mean that social accounts with little to no activity carry less social media authority?
I would disagree that forums are a less manipulative platform for self-promotion...
After more sites use the author tag - which is an "authority signal" - then the whole concept becomes more viral.
Google can't crawl Facebook, Twitter, or most Linkedin data
Google can't crawl Facebook, Twitter, or most Linkedin data. So the only social "authority" Google has to use, is off G+.
...will this transfer to the authority gained via social media?
Just because they can't crawl does not mean they can't tell.
I'm so glad to read some of the comments about the nature of social media in this thread because while some of you choose to stay up on your high horse, I'll be down here on the ground creating little micro-communities and brand evangelists that ultimately make me a little less reliant on the Big G.
I'll be down here on the ground creating little micro-communities and brand evangelists...
Long live website optimization. Let the dead (SEO) bury the dead (social media).
[edited by: tedster at 8:44 pm (utc) on Sep 15, 2012]
Which site would you prefer to read?
facebook does not allow google to mine 'likes'... if that data is coming from Twitter - Google does not have access to it.
Wouldn't you prefer that search engines shell put more weight to these signals
If you were a search engine, which would you choose?
They have no processes and systems in place for dealing with it even if they could recognize it.
As moderator for Search Engine Lands LinkedIn group
Dealing with a known evil (links) that you know and understand and have a decade of experience identifying and dealing with? Or dealing with a new evil that you can't even see/identify and have virtually zero experience dealing with?
old people do this so they can read it better. That's the only people who print anything ;) ).
Well, duh... you are moderating a group of people who are highly prone to cheating. Trying to say that an SEO group is indicative of a population is like saying most Americans live like the Kardashians. IOW, for 99% of the rest of the niches out there - this may not apply.