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Domain Name DisputesYou paid for your domain registration, but do you own it?

One of the most common problems that we help new clients solve is establishing “ownership” of their domain. A domain is the address you type in a browser to get to your company’s website.

First let’s define the word “own”. You only “own” a domain to the extent that you “own” your home phone number. A better word to use would be “lease”, but we’ll stick with the commonly used “own” for simplicity.

All too often the surprising answer to this simple question is no. Having the wrong name on your domain registration can cause expensive and frustrating problems. We have dealt with several cases where a client ran into serious trouble when they discovered that the domain they thought was theirs turned out to be owned by someone else.

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LinkedIn 2012 Top 12LinkedIn has released the results of a member poll seeking the 12 best company pages for this year.

The LinkedIn platform has gone through a number of changes, and one of the best has been the company pages.  Companies now have a much more workable platform from which to promote their products and service. 

Take a look at these top 12 and see if you find any inspiration for your own page.

You can find our page at strotherweb.com/linkedin.

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YouTube has unveiled a new look to help users find their favorite channels and “subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.”

You Tube“Last year we began to make it easier to subscribe to the channels you care about by introducing a Guide on the home page," wrote Josh Sassoon in a post on the YouTube Blog. "When you add subscriptions to your Guide, you organize YouTube around what you like, available whenever you watch YouTube. Today, we’re taking the next step by bringing your subscription-filled Guide with you across both the site and all devices, as your best source of what to watch on YouTube.”

All YouTube users need to do is subscribe to their favorite channels and the Guide lets them know when there are new videos waiting for them to enjoy, suggests the latest and greatest channels they might like, and shows them what their friends are sharing across the web. They’ll also find the Guide and their subscriptions on apps on hundreds of millions of devices including Android, iPhone, PlayStation 3, and Google TV.

 

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Google today announced that it has 135 million active users checking their Google+ streams each month, up from 100 million in mid-September.

Google PlusIf you run the math, that means Google+ is now growing at the same pace as Facebook when it was similarly sized.

Google announced the user growth alongside a new feature called “Google+ Communities” and enhancements to Google’s mobile photo app Snapseed. Its last user count update was on Sept. 17, meaning Google+ has added 35 million stream-active users in the past 2.5 months.

That means that every month Google+ is adding about 14 million stream-active users, the type of users most comparable to those on Facebook. As it happens, Facebook added monthly active users at almost the exact same pace between late August 2008, when it reached 100 million active users, and early April 2009, when it hit 200 million active users. That seven-month spurt resulted in growth of of 14.3 million users per month.

Perhaps these respectable growth numbers will help Google get back some of the respect it has lost in the social-networking space. “We launched to a lot of skepticism, and I will be the first to admit that in the wake of Orkut and Blogger and Buzz and Wave, the world had a right to be skeptical about Google,” Google+ honcho Bradley Horowitz told me last week. “When we said this was different, people didn’t necessarily believe us.”

Now there’s reason, however tenuous, to believe.

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