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Mike Friedman

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  1. By the way, on a side note, if anyone has had a look at the new Google Analytics 4, if you are not used to Google Data Studio, you better get used to it. Google Analytics is largely shifting from a reporting tool to an analysis tool. Reporting is going to have to be done in GDS. Of course, the migration might be a hear or two away, but it is coming.
  2. Looking for feedback on a new GDS template I'm creating. https://datastudio.google.com/s/pCDKl5a1sBE Right now it is just hooked up to Google's sample data. None of that data is for a real site. And ignore the Google Ads page. The page works if you hook it up to a real Google Ads account. I'm not sure why it is not working with the sample data. If you are familiar with Google Data Studio, you can grab it and hook up your own data to see. If you do grab it and use it, just know that for the Search Performance area to work correctly, you need to hook up both the URL and Site
  3. Just a little PSA for those of you not so technically inclined. When you "mute" your Zoom call, that does not turn off the webcam. And I can never unsee what I saw.
  4. Cannot find any information about exactly what those abuses are that the government is alleging. I think this case is going to be an easy win for Google. The President has been calling for a suit against them for over a year. It's going to be hard for the government to prove this is not politically motivated because of that. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/20/tech/doj-google-antitrust-case/index.html
  5. The struggle is real. Finding information about Google Analytics 4 is tough right now. I installed it in parallel to UA on one site so far just to have a look at it, but I have not started to play around with setting up events, goal tracking, etc.
  6. But is it too good? I think it is fine when it comes to hobbies like gaming, hunting, skateboarding, etc. It's a little different when it comes to "news". The pandemic is a perfect example of this where you had people doubting that it was really anything serious or that they should be wearing a mask, and then having those opinions backed up by other morons that thought the same thing.
  7. Finally got around to watching this. I do not think there was anything too shocking in there that most of us did not know, but it was a bit eerie the way it laid out how people on Facebook are being kept in their own bubbles based on their own biases that they entered Facebook with. In other words, if you interact with a lot of conspiracy type posts and videos, you get fed more conspiracy type posts and videos. If you follow extreme right or left-wing bloggers, you will be fed more right or left-wing bloggers. I liked how it laid out how so many people cannot understand how the other side
  8. There has definitely been an uptick in social media usage, for better or for worse.
  9. Yep. Assuming he didn't break any laws (and it sounds like there may have been some liberal deductions at the least), I do not really have any issue with it.
  10. The word gasping was trending on Twitter last night, so people definitely noticed. These theatrics are just playing to his base, but I wonder how many reasonable people are being totally turned off by his cavalier attitude towards how serious the virus is and maybe even motivating them to vote where they would not have voted otherwise. Maybe even galvanizing people who have lost loved ones during the pandemic to not just vote but rally those around them to vote against him. More than anything, I don't think it was a planned strategic move as much as a move to feed his own ego.
  11. Yeah, I don't think he would fake the infection to postpone the election either, but now that he has the infection I wouldn't be surprised if he tries to use it to postpone things. If Trump were to pass before the election and the party rallied around Pence as the new candidate, I could see it bringing out a lot more conservatives to vote than what are planning on voting now. It would probably sway the election their way. His passing would be a rallying cry. The extreme believers would more or less make him into some kind of a martyr.
  12. I could see him trying to use it as an excuse to postpone the election. That or if he loses he will say the only reason he lost is because he got sick. Otherwise he would have won in a landslide. Then he can slink away with some sort of dignity in his own mind. I just hope that Joe didn't get it too. They are both right in Covid's wheelhouse and that would definitely throw a lot of uncertainty into voting.
  13. I'm sure they got some things wrong in the report that broke, but he could have silenced all of this by releasing his returns. There is a reason he doesn't and that reason has nothing to do with being audited.
  14. https://www.seroundtable.com/google-how-reviews-impact-local-rankings-change-30158.html I don't think this is a big deal. Just a slight variation in language, perhaps even downplaying the impact of reviews slightly. Nevertheless, I'm sure there will be a lot of SEOs hanging on the "can improve" and reading that as "will improve" instead.
  15. Yeah, this one we are doing by hand. Have a lot to sort out yet, but I think we are on the right track.
  16. This is definitely my favorite ad of the season so far.
  17. Does any of it matter? There are recordings. His own words. Yet his followers will spin this in some crazy manner and keep marching to his tune. https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/09/politics/bob-woodward-rage-book-trump-coronavirus/index.html For any other administration, this would be pretty near catastrophic. It is almost shocking he talks so candidly about some of this stuff.
  18. And if he performs in the debate like he has been publicly right now, I think they can stick a fork in that whole idea. Kind of ironic that Trump took the whole mentally not sharp angle against Biden. We could easily put together an hour clip of Trump fumbling over words and putting together long incoherent rants. Wouldn't even have to use covfefe to do it either. This whole election is basically two moderate Republicans backed by other moderate Republicans up against Trump and his trained monkey. That's part of the reason the Dems are struggling to get in line. Honestly, the far lef
  19. So the Biden campaign picked up keepamericagreat.com and set up a website listing all his failures. Good marketing.
  20. That is another possible approach.
  21. I'm curious how the White House will justify this inevitable pardon...
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