Friday Facts from RepEquity

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Last year, Google disabled more than 130 million ads that were offering fraudulent services, selling counterfeit goods, or otherwise taking actions that categorized them as scams. This was a 50 percent reduction in bad ads from previous years due to Google’s improved technologies and detection methods.

Smashing Magazine took a look at some of the current web design trends that are on the verge of morphing into an epidemic. Have you been caught using some of these fads, like 19th-century illustrations or zig zag borders? Visit the Smashing website for the full list.

Think that social media is a trend that has just exploded in the last several years because of Facebook and Twitter? Think again. Social Times is featuring an infographic that highlights social media sites dating back to 1960!

“We hear a huge influx of people saying, ‘How can I get someone to help me create an infographic or a dashboard or an interactive visualization?’” says Visual.ly creator Stew Langille. Visual.ly, which launched this week at SXSW, aims to be the Microsoft PowerPoint of infographics, allowing anyone to create data-filled and visually exciting pieces.

Two weeks after Facebook’s announcement of timeline for pages, one in four brands has launched an updated, customized page. All of the site’s 37 million brand pages will convert to the new layout on March 30 automatically.

YouTube changed its video suggestion algorithm this week so that instead of recommending videos based on the number of people who clicked on the videos, it will now recommend videos that were watched for the longest amount of time. This means that a 5-minute video that people watch for just 1 minute is less likely to be suggested than a 1-minute video watched for 50 seconds.

Oops! At a SXSW session this week Google’s Matt Cutts let a comment slip about Google starting to penalize sites for “over optimization.” Cutts said that Google was “looking for those who abuse it, like too many keywords on a page, or exchange way too many links or go well beyond what you normally expect.” We’re not quite sure what this change will entail, but we’ll be on the lookout for more information.

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