It’s Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in Austin, Texas
Yelp Increases Transparency
Yelp announced changes today to their site to increase transparency and avoid any confusion about their advertising program:
Recently in California, lawsuits were filed claiming that Yelp altered reviews based on whether someone advertised on their site or not. Some small businesses were claiming that their positive reviews disappeared when they declined to advertise, or that advertising sales people offered them the ability to highlight positive reviews and delete negative reviews.
Yelp had countered that positive or negative reviews could potentially disappear over time as their filters tried to prevent business owners from writing overly positive reviews and competitors writing overly negative reviews. They also formerly allowed advertisers to highlight one positive review.
The recently announced changes to their site now allow users to view reviews which previously may have been filtered out (having been flagged as potentially being made by an owner/employee/competitor). They also are discontinuing the practice of allowing advertisers to spotlight one positive review.
These changes will hopefully make the website more transparrent in the inheirently difficult goal of providing unbiased reviews -- especially when advertising is involved.
big breakthrough in color research
Scientists have discovered the favorite Viking colors and now you can use them in your website!
be prepared - choose wisely
Here are some helpful hints and direction on the skills and knowledge your web designer should have.
save as many as you can!
With Austin making headlines and ending up on virtually every "Top 10 Best City for..." lists -- we now have about 150 people moving here daily!! We figured we should warn potential new residents of the hidden dangers of moving to Austin.
How I discovered my ancestor Pocahontas and her Sullivan family descendants of Northern Virginia using the web - a genealogy posting by Bob Atchison.
As you have probably read it has been extensively reported that Golden Gate Killer was found using data from GEDmatch. It's an amazing story.
Hummingbird Farms, the famous maker of body lotions seen on QVC , upgrades website with huge new product images, which increases sales
Here are some images showing my favorite semi-precious stone animals with jeweled eyes from my collection and stories of the stones and where they come from.
When users install or upgrade to Windows 10, "display scaling" may be turned on "by default" to either 125% or 150% resulting in blurriness when viewing websites or applications on certain monitors.
Bob Atchison's guide to find rare, antique and cabbagey roses to order online. Here you'll find the best sources with roses I especially love and recommend for your garden.
If you are a realtor or real estate broker, you need a website to advertise your business and attract new clients. Get clients to stay on your website by providing access to Multiple Listing Service (MLS) real estate listings.
The unspoken fear all web designers dread - you've been asked to use cursive fonts! There is no escape... yes, it has happened to me, Bob Atchison, many times and I have the battle scars to prove it. Here are some cursive fonts I actually like.
Is Scotty Bowers, the famous Hollywood pimp telling the truth about Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn being gay? Here's a confirming story...