Reputation Management

Revenge Porn Website MyEx.com Shuts Downs

myexArticle by Pierre Zarokian

The FTC and Nevada have charged the revenge porn site: MyEx.com, which urged users to “Add an Ex” and “Submit Pics and Stories of Your Ex” for ratings. The results of the lawsuits are finally in, and the site is now forced to shut down.

The site charged users anywhere from $500 to $2800 to remove their images and content from the website, which was open for public comment and scrutiny. The site often included full names, dates of birth, email addresses and other contact information for the victims.

MyEx.com used what are undoubtedly reprehensible tactics in order to cause real harm to individuals posted on it. Some of these people lost jobs, relationships and ended up with a ruined life because they couldn’t pay the fees or the content was reposted. These intimate images were never meant to be shared, and have made some people the victim of threats and harassment. Sometimes the site featured posts of cheaters, that maybe deserved to be outed, but including nude images was definitely not OK by laws in most US States. Some of these types of sites are actually known as “cheater websites.”

Many did pay the fee to get their content removed, and an FTC settlement prevents the site’s owner, Nei Infante, from ever posting intimate pics or personally identifiable information to the web again. The $205,000 judgment will award victims who paid into the site for takedown fees. Infante is also permanently banned from serving as an operating office for any company.

If you were one of the many affected by this horrible site, take proactive charge of your online profile. Get a full audit of your web presence and see what other harmful content exists and get it removed.

Google, SEO

Changes to Google Instant Search

Article by Pierre Zarokian

Quite a few years ago, Google pushed a new feature live that would show the results of an inquiry as you wrote them out. Named “Google Instant” the organization was trying to push search forward by improving its responsiveness. Starting today, this component is viably expelled from Google’s web crawler. We have the scoop, so read on.

Marissa Mayer, who has gone ahead to lead Yahoo!, led the effort to launch Google Instant in 2010. She needed to, in a general sense, look at how search can be made more responsive than it already was. This move generated a lot of media buzz when it initially dropped.

At any rate, half of all searches are presently done on cell phones, rendering Instant Search somewhat obsolete. It’s impractical to render these sorts of queries effortlessly on mobile, thus Google has chosen to remove this element altogether.

Google’s new search feature will indicate recommended queries as you type, with the option to click or tap on any result to see a list of indexed pages for that query. This unobtrusive move gives comparative usefulness, and most users will scarcely see the change.

Basically, this move builds up some level of consistency for Google. Some users that used Google search on desktop had effectively incapacitated Instant Search with a bypass, finding the feature invasive or at the least not useful. With this move, the desktop and mobile experiences are now much closer aligned.

Search won’t, in a general sense, change because of this move, yet users may require some extra clicks to get what they need. This could be an open door for SEO rivalry too, which was dealt a savage blow when the best results were served instantly.

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