What We're Reading - December 3

Posted by Lisa King under Web Strategy

Cash registers ring, are you listening?

Cyber Monday originally began as a way for online retailers to compete with the traditional retailers' sales on Black Friday, but now everyone gets in on the action including the big box stores like Walmart and Target, travel companies and even charities. comScore says that this year Cyber Monday shopping surpassed $1 billion for the first time, a 16% increase over last year.

To see more about Cyber Monday shopping trends, watch CDG's own Matthew Snyder on TBD News.

Who's that girl?

Now you don't have to feel bad about not having a Verified account on Twitter - they've stopped issuing verified status except in rare cases. While existing verified accounts won't have their status removed, no new verified accounts will be issued. Look for a new process that "will be better for users" which we all assume means watch for some sort of paid model in the new year.

What Twitter is good for

And as you're heading home for the holidays, you're sure to hear "I just don't get Twitter." Here's a list of 15 things Twitter does effectively from the Guardian's editor in chief.

Be nice, rank better

You may have seen the story in the New York Times last week about a company claiming to rank better in search engines by having lots of complaints. Google responded to that by updating the algorithm to detect merchants that provide a poor user experience.

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