This week on the latest digital marketing updates: DuckDucGo rejects claims it removed piracy websites from its search engine results page, 2022 report shows the best posting time for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin, Facebook adds new music clips in comments, and Instagram launches live test for pinned posts on user profiles and also updates its ranking algorithm to put more focus on original content.
Here are the latest news, trends, and updates in detail:
DuckDuckGo pushes back on the news circulating that pirate sites were quietly removed.
Recent reports suggested that search engine DuckDuckGo removed results related to piracy sites such as YouTube-dl and The Pirate Bay.
However, company CEO Gabriel Weinberg has hit back, blaming the problem on an issue with its “site:” operator search commands (such as site:thepiratebay), which he says few customers actually use.
Hoping to clear up some misconceptions about our private search engine.
First, there is a completely made up headline going around this weekend. We are not “purging” any media outlets from results. Anyone can verify this by searching for an outlet and see it come up in results.
— Gabriel Weinberg (@yegg) April 17, 2022
In a statement to The Verge, DuckDuckGo said, “After looking into this, our records indicate that YouTube-dl and The Pirate Bay were never removed from our search results when you searched for them directly by name or URL, which the vast majority of people do (it’s rare for people to use site operators or query operators in general).”
“We are having issues with our site: operator, and not just for these sites,” said DuckDuckGo’s Allison Goodman. “Some of the other sites routinely change domain names and have spotty availability, and so naturally come in and out of the index but should be available as of now.”
Sprout Social’s 2022 annual report shares some guidance on posting time and publishing cadence on social media channels
There’s no perfect formula for all businesses to post on any social app. The best time to post is based on your unique audience and their activity within each app. But if you’re planning out your strategy, this annual report from Sprout Social can provide some guidance to help you find the right time.
Based on usage insights from 30,000+ customers of Sprout Social, below are the insights. Note that time frames are recorded in Central Time (CST), but the relative insights are likely to translate to your local time zone as well).
Best time to post on social media overall:
Facebook continues to be the most used platform by marketers worldwide but there’s an interesting shift in when there’s the most engagement in 2022. It now appears early morning hours are now more engaging than the previous mid-mornings.
Sprout Social says that Mondays at 11 am, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 1 pm, and Thursdays and Fridays between 10 am and 11 am are the best times to post on Instagram.
Twitter has been the platform of choice for conversations and real-time updates. Compared to last year, Twitter engagement has shifted significantly, becoming more concentrated on mid-mornings and mid-days during the week.
As a professional-focused platform, LinkedIn engagement times remain consistent to the US workweek. High engagement hours focus more on mid-day and don’t extend past US workday hours.
These are data from thousands of usage insights, but no one formula works in each and every business and industry.
Pinning posts on a user’s Instagram profile is now in the testing phase.
Posted by user Salman Memon, some Instagram users are now able to select a ‘Pin to Your Profile’ option on their IG posts, which enables you to then dock your chosen updates to the top of your post grid on your profile display.
Unlike your Story highlights, this new pinned post option lets users easily see your product highlights, special offers, or best-performing posts as soon as they view your profile.
Instagram hasn’t provided a timeline for a full rollout of these new options, but Instagram chief Adam Mosseri has noted that they are in the testing phase, which could see them coming to your profile shortly.
Inserting music into Facebook comments to add more context to your replies.
Social media expert Matt Navarra posted that some users have a new pop-up in the app alerting them about the new feature where you can add music clips to your post replies.
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) April 22, 2022
The process is powered by the same system as the music sticker in Stories, enabling you to search for tracks by tapping on the music note icon at the right of the comment panel.
We have yet to predict if this new feature will become popular, but it’s good to see the effort to add something new every so often to drive more engagement for users.
Instagram announces updates in the ranking algorithm to put more focus on original work.
Instagram chief Adam Mosseri announced these changes, along with other new updates.
📣 New Features 📣
We’ve added new ways to tag and improved ranking:
– Product Tags
– Enhanced Tags
– Ranking for originality
Creators are so important to the future of Instagram, and we want to make sure that they are successful and get all the credit they deserve. pic.twitter.com/PP7Qa10oJr
— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) April 20, 2022
As per Mosseri, “If you create something from scratch, you should get more credit than if you are resharing something that you found from someone else. [As such] we’re going to do more to try and value original content more, particularly compared to reposted content.”
Content edited outside of Instagram then uploaded to the app, won’t be penalized under this change. As per Mosseri: “The idea is if you made it, it’s original. It’s okay if you edited it outside of Instagram and then bring it in via the gallery.” As you may recall, Instagram announced last year that content re-shared from other apps which included visible watermarks would be downranked.
Posting history is a factor. Mosseri notes that content aggregators are the focus of this update, and Instagram will be able to refer to an account’s posting history as one way of determining this. “If the account is an aggregator, we’ll more likely be able to detect that it’s not original.” So if you’re re-posting a lot of stuff from other accounts, you’ll likely see a reach decline.
Moserri also admits that Instagram can’t know for sure if content is original or not. “We build classifiers to predict how *likely* something is to be original, but that’s not knowing. We look at things like who’s in the video, and if we’ve seen the video before.”
This new update aims to reduce the dominance of aggregator sites and give more credit to original creators. For brands, this could have implications for User-Generated Content (UGC) when re-using customer posts on their own profiles.
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