In March 2018, the world learned that the private data of over 50 million Facebook users was secretly harvested by Cambridge Analytica and used on behalf of the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election. (We've since learned it was closer to 87 million users whose data was compromised.) For some, these revelations didn't come as a shock — Facebook, after all, is a business built around personal data collection — but for many, these revelations prompted a profound awakening. First, to the fact that Facebook and other social media platforms are collecting more data than we realize. Second, to the fact that Facebook isn't necessarily keeping that data a secret. And third, to the fact that our data may seem inconsequential, but can be used to do extraordinary things — like choose the next president (whether we vote for that candidate or not).
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In Light of the Google Panda Update
Since it was first rolled out, Google Panda has undergone several refreshes. Now that the dust raised by the initial upheaval has settled down, the Panda updates have actually proved to be a boon to companies offering customer-centric content. First and foremost, it serves as an effective filter in weeding out poor quality content. More importantly, it negates the need for businesses to engage in expensive and, as defined by Google, unethical SEO practices to stay on top of the ranking index. This levels the playing field and makes value offered by your content the key criterion for SEO success.
Let’s look at how you can assimilate the various measures under Google’s Panda updates to reap rich dividends for your business.