It’s Tuesday, December 12, 2017 and 39°F 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.
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Here's an informal overview of live chat options, outlining how Olark, one of the leading providers, works and its features. We explain how live chat can increase online sales and generate leads no matter the size of your company.
AUSTIN WEB DESIGN
bold and contemporary design
Pallasart launches new real estate website for Matthew Church, an Austin Keller Williams Associate. The site has many cool features that will help Matthew offer his services and attract new customers.
helping agents sell more
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.
more design ideas
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.
too many people in austin?
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.
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.