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Twitter Testing Subscription-Style Ads While User Numbers Drop

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Twitter usage has had its share of ups and downs, but it was hoped that a boost seen earlier this year - thought to have been caused by what is perhaps its most infamous user - would kickstart an upward trend throughout the year. Unfortunately for stockholders and marketers, however, it now looks as though the so-called "Trump bump" has turned out to be a bust.

Last week, it was reported that Twitter lost 2 million monthly users in the U.S. during the second quarter of this year. Could a new subscription-based model for promoting Tweets help keep the network relevant and provide ROI for marketers and advertisers?

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Facebook Surpasses Google As Leading Traffic Source to Media Sites

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You know that getting referral traffic is just as important, if not more, than organic traffic to your site. Referred visitors often land on your page due to a recommendation (in the form of a link or social share) from a trusted source. This means that these visitors aren't just casually or accidentally arriving at your site - they're already interested or engaged with your content or products.

Traditionally, Facebook has been an excellent resource - dwarfing other social networks in terms of social referral traffic. Now, Facebook has topped Google in referral traffic to media sites overall.

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Is Facebook's 'Instant Articles' a Game-Changer For Content?

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One of Mark Zuckerberg's goals is to make Facebook's News Feed a "perfect personalized newspaper" for every user. To do this, the News Feed algorithm attempts to show users the updates, birthdays, events and shared stories that it thinks would be most important to them. It follows that news sites have been very successful under this system.

In fact, with so many news sites getting more and more referral traffic from Facebook, the network's influence has never been more powerful. But what will happen when they finally decide to directly host content instead of having publishers post a link? We're about to find out.

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Yelp Exclusivity Ends in Apple Maps Amid Controversy

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When it comes to business recommendation sites, Yelp is undoubtedly the leader. It currently has around 86,000 local business accounts, and it attracts 135 million monthly visitors. Companies strive for good reviews on the site, as Yelp ratings can have a huge effect on sales.

The Apple Maps app, despite its rocky start, was attracting around 35 million users at the end of 2013. When displaying local search results, the app would only ever show Yelp ratings - until now. This change is important for small businesses, and it comes at a time when Yelp's reputation is taking some hits.

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Larger Numbers of Americans Only Access the Internet Using Smartphones

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The fact that mobile devices are taking over an industry once dominated by PCs is a well-established trend. Smartphones have been outselling personal computers for years, and 80 percent of internet users now own a smartphone.

When it comes to people who use smartphones as their only method of accessing the internet, it's been widely reported that they mostly reside in developing nations where fixed-line broadband is scarce. However, a new report from Pew Research indicates this trend is occurring in America as well.

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