My Five #98

Few interesting things from this week; celebrity hacks, Google authorship gone, Domino’s tweeter coverage, Joan Rivers’ death and Google pranks.

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Five things worth sharing from the last week (or so), brought to you by a different member of the Browser Media team every Friday.

This week’s My Five is by Ashleigh.

1. Celebrity iCloud accounts hacked?

Unless you have been walking around with your eyes and ears closed this week, you must have heard about the scandal that is terrifying celebrities all over the world (or at least those that have naughty pictures and / or videos stored in their iCloud accounts).

Celebs such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst are just a couple on the list that have been hacked. Apple has said that there wasn’t a breach in any of its systems so the hacker must have continuously, correctly guessed passwords and answers to security questions.

There’s also be uproar that Google has aided the scandal by including some of the hacked footage on the first page of its search results.

2. Google Authorship is no more

The end of last week saw the end of Google Authorship. Over the last year or so Google has been slowly reducing their presence in the search results, until it was completely stopped last week.

John Mueller said in his post announcing the cut; “If you’re curious — in our tests, removing authorship generally does not seem to reduce traffic to sites. Nor does it increase clicks on ads. We make these kinds of changes to improve our users’ experience.”

He said, “Unfortunately, we’ve also observed that this information isn’t as useful to our users as we’d hoped, and can even distract from those results. With this in mind, we’ve made the difficult decision to stop showing authorship in search results.”

3. Domino’s get some great coverage from a ‘complaint’

This week Domino’s Pizza received a lot of good press after a customer tweeted in to complain about his order:


People were left wondering if this was just a prank / PR stunt but he later tweeted again moaning that his pizza had then gone stale as he had to wait for hours to get a response.

In this case Domino’s hadn’t actually done anything wrong, they got a lot of mentions and lots of good exposure.

4. Joan Rivers Dies

Joan Rivers 1933 - 2014 (Source: ABC News)

It was announced last night that comedian Joan Rivers died at the age of 81. Unfortunately for OK magazine, soon after it was announced that she had passed away their scheduled tweet went out:

joan rivers OK tweet

Oops! Twenty one minutes later though they did react with an apology:

joan rivers OK apology


5. Is there no end to what Google can do? Oh no, wait!

Here’s some great features you never knew Google had:

Did you fall for them? It is a shame they’re not real, would be really useful to be able to track a pet via Google maps!


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