YouTube and “Reinforcing” Psychologies

"The new A.I., known as Reinforce, was a kind of long-term addiction machine. It was designed to maximize users’ engagement over time by predicting which recommendations would expand their tastes and get them to watch not just one more video but many more. Reinforce was a huge success. In a talk at an A.I. conference … Continue reading YouTube and “Reinforcing” Psychologies

The Sublime and Silicon Valley

"The sublime—whether a feature of the natural world, or of UFOs, or of religious experience—is a sense of our own vanishing smallness before something impossibly vast: a mountain range, a churning ocean, the universe, God. What we get in return for being so existentially demeaned is freedom from the tyranny of our own personalities, a … Continue reading The Sublime and Silicon Valley

The Apps You Should Really Be Concerned About with Your Privacy

After examining maps showing the locations extracted by their apps, Ms. Lee, the nurse, and Ms. Magrin, the teacher, immediately limited what data those apps could get. Ms. Lee said she told the other operating-room nurses to do the same.“I went through all their phones and just told them: ‘You have to turn this off. … Continue reading The Apps You Should Really Be Concerned About with Your Privacy

Do Facebook Ads Really Work?

Within the advertising industry, the debate about whether advertising works on Facebook is not new. A survey last year showed over 60 percent of small business owners felt advertising on Facebook was ineffective. The lawsuit takes it a step further, saying Facebook is misleading advertisers. Source: Does Facebook Really Work? People Question Effectiveness Of Ads … Continue reading Do Facebook Ads Really Work?

Harrelson Agency and Google’s New Responsive Search Ads

At Harrelson Agency, we manage a number of Google Ads campaigns (formerly AdWords as of July 24, 2018) for clients. Simply put, there's really no better way to drive web traffic to a site or a landing page regardless of your budget, size, or goal. Whether you're selling stuff, raising awareness, or trying to get more … Continue reading Harrelson Agency and Google’s New Responsive Search Ads

Google To Start Marking Sites Without HTTPS as Not Secure in July

If your nonprofit, church, or business website isn't https:// with a reputable SSL certificate, Google's Chrome browser update will start showing a warning message when visitors arrive. This will affect your site's trustworthiness. Get in touch if you need help or what to know more. You can also read a great take (and much needed … Continue reading Google To Start Marking Sites Without HTTPS as Not Secure in July

Is your site http or https? It’s going to matter soon

This is going to bite a number of nonprofit, church, and community org sites hard when Google's Chrome browser switches how it defines http sites as insecure... Plus, in July 2018 in Chrome version 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure.” Source: Google's Chrome browser to drop secure label for all HTTPS sites … Continue reading Is your site http or https? It’s going to matter soon

Most People Don’t Want Privacy

The broader question is the tradeoff between privacy and advertising. While a tempting noun, most people don't really *want* privacy, let alone understand what that means. It's definitely not an unattainable goal, but it does require work... which is something many of our fellow citizens are reluctant to pursue when it comes to such technological conditions. Third, … Continue reading Most People Don’t Want Privacy

10 most downloaded iPhone apps in the world

It might be surprising to Americans, but neither Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube is the most downloaded app on the iPhone anymore. As we continue to move into the 21st Century, we're seeing the rise of Chinese apps and companies. This will only escalate in the coming years, especially as the US seems more preoccupied with … Continue reading 10 most downloaded iPhone apps in the world

Computational Explosion

Sergey Brin, President of Alphabet (Google's parent company), on the computational explosion over the last few years and near-future possibilities of quantum computing in the annual Founders Letter: The power and potential of computation to tackle important problems has never been greater. In the last few years, the cost of computation has continued to plummet. … Continue reading Computational Explosion

“How can I get on the first page of a Google Result?”

SEO still matters as a part of your marketing mix. This helps, though... Google has introduced infinite scrolling to mobile search results pages. Where there used to be page numbers at the bottom of SERPs there is now a “more results” button. Tapping on the button will trigger more search results to load within the … Continue reading “How can I get on the first page of a Google Result?”