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Midterm Elections Pick Up Speed On Social Media

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Midterm elections are historically less popular than their presidential counterparts, but they’re gaining speed on social media, reports the Pew Research Center.

Pew’s latest study indicates that more than twice as many registered voters have been active on social media regarding the 2014 midterm elections as compared to 2010 midterms.

For example, about 16% of voters now follow candidates, political parties or elected officials on social media, compared to just 6% four years ago. Granted, 16% is a pretty small slice of the pie, but it’s still a 10% hike.

According to a Pew Research tweet, voters are most likely to follow political figures on social media in order to learn about political news first (41%) and feel more connected to candidates and political parties (35%). However, votes don’t necessarily believe they’re getting the least biased news from political figures—40% find it to be “less reliable” than traditional news.

See also: Twitter Demystified: How To RT, MT, #FF And Fave Like A Pro

On Tuesday, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr all highlighted features to encourage social media users to vote. Clicking on Tumblr’s custom election logo prompts users to find their polling place. Facebook put up a midterm elections dashboard last month, and Tuesday provided a widget that easily lets users update their status to show contacts that they’ve voted. Twitter launched an election page last week where users could determine which election discussions are most buzzworthy on Twitter. 

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Bing Ads Improves Speed, Bidding, and Targeting

A marketing toolkit for Small Business Saturday is the most recent in a series of upgrades Microsoft made within its search engine’s advertising platform.

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U.S. Broadband Speed Ranking: We’re No. 14! We’re No. 14!

Akamai’s “State of the Internet” report for the first quarter of 2014 revealed a sorry fact: Compared to other nations, the United States can’t cut the mustard when it comes to broadband speeds.

See also: Where In The World Is The Fastest Broadband?

In that report, the U.S. didn’t even crack the top 10, instead taking 12th place. This time around, according to Akamai’s latest survey covering Q2, we’ve fallen even further—to number 14. 

America’s Still Barely Online

Akamai’s newest report isn’t all bad news. The U.S. made a slight improvement in average broadband speed to 11.4 Mbps, up from 10.5 Mbps in the first quarter. (First-place finisher Korea clocked in at 24.6 Mbps—more than twice as fast.)

But the U.S. isn’t gaining as quickly as other countries. Consider this: We just got lapped by Romania, Denmark and Norway, the new numbers 10, 11 and 13.

Romania?

Here’s our updated infographic of global broadband speeds:

And here’s an embeddable version via SlideShare that you can easily share or include in a presentation:

Lead photo by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite; map and bar chart graphic by Nigel Sussman and Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite

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Up Close @ SMX: Making Mobile SEO Perform For You – Design, Approach & Speed

Mobile SEO differs from desktop and its importance its growing rapidly.

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6 Free Plugins to Speed Up Your WordPress Site by @devesh

Site speed plays a very important role in online business. It can increase or decrease the revenue of your online business, depending on how much time your site takes to load. There is a shocking relation between site speed and conversation rate, which is particularly true for e-commerce sites. There are a dozen of reasons to improve the site speed, but the two most important ones are search rankings and user experience. Search Rankings When Google first announced site speed in web search rankings, it played a miniscule part. But overtime it has become one of the main development factors […]

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How to Speed Up the Link-Building Process

Utilizing Google Webmaster Tools means that the normal time spent playing the waiting game for your content to be revealed to searchers can be cut down significantly.

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Microsoft Tests Specialized Chips for Increased Search Speed

Microsoft developed a new board, “Catapult,” that contains a reprogrammable chip aimed at solving the problem of slow search result loading.

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Faster WordPress: Need For Speed by @BrianHarnish

Nothing is more frustrating to an internet user than a slow website. You wait 3 seconds…4 seconds…10 seconds…and your site is still loading. Research has shown if your site takes more than four seconds to load, you could lose up to 25% of your visitors. Sites that take 10 seconds to load lose up to 35-40% of their visitors, according to KISSmetrics. When building your WordPress site, it is extremely important to observe best practices for coding and website design to help minimize load time. These methods will help you build a solid website with fast load times. Always Optimize Your Images You […]

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Site Speed vs Responsive Design: Which is More Important? by @albertcostill

Some of you may recall the early days of the Internet. It was an amazing experience to have all of this information at your fingertips and be able to chat with people from all over the world. But, it was also a very dark time. For those who didn’t experience the days of AOL, everyone had to use their phone-line to connect to the Internet instead of an Ethernet cable. This meant two things: You couldn’t use the phone and if someone called, you could get kicked off. That was pretty frustrating when you were playing a game or downloading a […]

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4 Tips to Increase Site Speed and SEO Rankings – Business 2 Community


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While it can be easy to fixate on link building when focusing on your website's SEO, the speed of your website should not be overlooked. Particularly if you've spent the time and resources to have a mobile friendly responsive site created for your

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