Twitter is testing a co-tweeting feature… and other tech news for small businesses this week

Here are five tech events that happened in the past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 —Twitter is testing a co-tweeting feature.

It has been confirmed that Twitter is testing a co-Tweet feature. The company’s social media consultant and mobile developer each recently posted a test tweet that displayed both usernames above the content, though the new feature isn’t officially live yet. If and when the feature officially rolls out, users will be able to send out an invitation to “co-tweet” for other users to opt-out or opt-in. Accepted co-tweets will appear on both users’ timelines. (Source: Mashable)

Why it matters to your business:

A great feature for small businesses active on Twitter. Some of the uses: joint announcements with partners, joint press releases, joint messages from senior executives about your company. I can’t wait to try this.

2 – Now is the time to prepare for the Microsoft Excel macro crackdown.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to reverse the decision to automatically block macros in Excel documents. Initially, the company said that Excel files containing macros would be blocked if downloaded from the Internet. Microsoft still plans to move forward with blocking Excel documents with macros, but not in the immediate future. (Source: computer world)

Why it matters to your business:

Susan Bradley of Computerworld says now is the time to review your spreadsheets that include macros. “If you’ve downloaded any online and you don’t know where they came from, stop,” she wrote. “You will want to verify that they are not malicious by uploading the files to or to see what is in the file.” Bradley says that “Once you’ve identified the Excel files with the macros you want to use (but haven’t personally developed), your next step is to make sure that each of those Excel files doesn’t have the “brand of the web” on them.

3 — Scammers are blackmailing restaurants across the US with one-star Google reviews.

Over the past week, several Michelin-starred restaurants across the country have been the target of blackmail. The scammers would leave multiple one-star reviews on Google for high-profile restaurants, then email the establishments asking for a $75 Google Play gift card in exchange for stopping the attacks. The reviews left by the scammers have since been removed by Google. (Source: Engadget)

Why it matters to your business:

You have to admire the ingenuity of the bad guys, right? It seems like a big headache for restaurants, but not as bad as other malware like ransomware. I bet Google and Yelp will strengthen their policies and procedures to identify fraudulent reviews and help businesses remove them as quickly as possible.

4 — Tech startup Autumn is launching a digital death care marketplace.

A digital deathcare marketplace has been launched by a tech startup Autumn. The marketplace aims to connect grieving families to needed services such as bereavement specialists, funeral homes, attorneys, appraisers, accountants and other organizations that help families manage financial, legal and miscellaneous logistics after the death of a loved one. (Source: Hospice News)

Why it matters to your business:

According to Hospice News, Autumn is the latest addition to a cottage industry growing around end-of-life and bereavement care. A market research firm predicts that the nascent “death care services” sector will be a $147.8 billion industry by 2026. If your business serves this market, this platform seems like something. thing to consider.

5—Pinterest wants to be your shopping destination. Here’s how it goes.

Last week, Pinterest launched a new set of tools designed to help improve the site’s shopping experience for users. (Source: ZDNet)

Why it matters to your business:

The new tools which also promise to offer a more sophisticated experience to merchants include improved catalog management capabilities, product tagging on pints, the ability to add videos to product catalogs, and Shop tab enhancements. Pinterest is doing its best to compete with Amazon, Etsy, and other online e-commerce platforms. It is a real alternative for companies looking to sell products online.

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