Zentury Spotlight – Threads Reaches 100 Million Users in 5 Days

Google Launches an Experimental AI Notebook

Google has launched an experimental AI notebook  that summarizes documents, and can help you generate new ideas, and answer questions. 

The first mention of the product was during the 2018 Google I/O conference, and it was introduced as Project Tailwind. Now, the prototype officially has a name, and it is called NotebookLM.

It is being presented by Google Labs as a cutting-edge method for note-taking software that relies on a strong language model at its core.

The experimental AI notebook uses user material coupled with language model potential to provide quick and important insights.

Like a virtual research assistant, the program may summarize information, clarify complicated concepts, and come up with new connections depending on the user-provided sources.

Now, with NotebookLM, users can “ground” the AI in their notes and sources, in contrast to standard AI chatbots.

The source-grounding function makes the AI more user-specific by educating it on material that is relevant to them.

The features that Google’s NotebookLM offers to its users are following:

  • Create summaries: When a Google Doc is added to NotebookLM, an overview, important points, and questions are automatically created for better content understanding.
  • Ask questions: Explore your papers more thoroughly by requesting precise questions about the uploaded files.
  • Generate new ideas: In addition to Q&A, NotebookLM helps with the development of original ideas. Each AI answer includes source citations for quick fact-checking in order to reduce the possibility of “hallucinations.”

In terms of privacy, NotebookLM has access to the sources you want to upload, and conversations with the AI are private. The information gathered isn’t used to develop fresh AI models.

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Threads Reaches 100 Million Users in 5 Days

Threads is now the fastest growing app in history, reaching 100 million users in just 5 days.

On July 5, Threads was launched and in just 2 days it recorded a meteoric rise in the number of signups. 

The Instagram app for text-based messaging, has surpassed ChatGPT, the OpenAI chatbot, which held the record of reaching 100 million users in two months.

Before ChatGPT, the record was set by TikTok which reached 100 million users in nine months, and prior to that, Instagram managed to reach 100 million users in two and a half years.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, stated on his Threads personal account that the 70 million signups were “beyond our expectations.” He said that at 100 million, they did not turn on as “many” promotions, and that the demand is “mostly” organic.

Zuck’s post on Threads:

The 1.6 billion active Instagram users outside of the European Union may easily join up for Threads and begin using the app with an engaged audience from day one thanks to the connection between Instagram and Threads accounts.

Due to the connection between the two apps, you are only able to deactivate your Threads profile. If you want to erase Threads profile, you would need to erase your Instagram account as well. By deactivating your Instagram profile, your Threads profile will also be deactivated.

Publishers of Content See a Drop in Traffic due to Google News Indexing Issue

Google has corrected the Google News indexing issue, but publishers have noticed a drop in search traffic as a result.

On July 10, the trouble with Google News traffic was reported on Twitter, on which John Mueller, Google’s advocate stated that the team is currently working on fixing the issue. 

In the latest update, Google has informed the users that they have implemented the fix, meaning that the resolution of the issue will be published within the next 24 hours. 

As a result, some users have noticed volatility in Google News traffic, probably because of syndicated content rankings.

The search console’s indexing status is a crucial component since it informs a publisher of how much of a site is indexed and suitable for ranking.

The search console’s Page Indexing Report contains information on the indexing status of websites.

It’s frequently a clue that something needs to be fixed when Google reports that a page was found but not indexed.

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Google Recommends Syndicated News Content to Use Noindex 

To prevent syndicated content from outranking original news sources, Google advises publishers to persuade syndication partners to utilize noindex.

Syndicated content extends its reach and visibility by being published on a number of websites besides the original one. 

Google reaffirmed its advice to publishers to demand that their syndication partners noindex syndicated news content.

The key finding is that compared to the websites of the original publishers, Yahoo News regularly receives a high percentage of visitors for syndicated content.

When Yahoo syndicates content from publishers, the syndicated version frequently performs better than or similarly with the original content in Google news and search results.

As a result, a sizable amount of the traffic that may have gone to the original publisher sites instead probably ends up on Yahoo News.

Google SearchLiasion joined the conversation by tweeting a number of responses and offering guidance on syndication, canonicals, and noindex.

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They gave clear advice for syndication partners to utilize the noindex tag. Doing so would make it easier for Google’s automated  tools to identify the source content.

Canonicals are not recommended by Google, according to their claims. Because of the unique website layouts and related content, the content on a syndicated publisher’s website might differ from the original content, making canonical tags ineffective.

Google stated that if someone syndicates through a partnership, they essentially have three possibilities. Do nothing and prepare for a ranking competition with your partner. Use noindex, and make sure your partner won’t compete. Try canonical to prevent your partner from competing; this serves the same purpose as noindex.