According to Gartner, world sales of Chromebooks has grown by 27% in 2015. That's 7.3 million!
I was there when they were still known as the CR-48.
I documented a lot of my experience both here, here, and here.

It is semi-amazing to me that here we are nearly five years later and the Chrome OS is not just a ubiquitous browser, but the "system" is running a wide variety of laptops, desktops, and netbooks.
According to StatCounter, as of March 2015Chrome is not only the most popular mobile browser without tablets but also with them counted in. 
And I am here to tell you, my family STILL uses that little demo model of the Chromebook. Nearly five years later, we are now finally contemplating getting a newer version just because the old one was probably never designed to last this long.

According to Joe Wilcox, this is the year of the Chromebook.  Read his article and it is not hard to see why.

Schools and businesses are pushing them big because it removes so many barriers.

I can't wait to see how Microsoft and Apple are going to respond...

Four years, I wrote a series of blog posts about the advent of the "Google Plus Project."
We are now seeing the pre-written eulogies for G+.
The most recent that got me off my duff to write this is here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2015/04/17/five-reasons-why-google-died/?utm_channel=Technology&linkId=13615995
I really can't fault @stevedenning in his logic as to why Google Plus "died."
But he assumes that it was built to take on Facebook where it lives, and if you look back, my contention was that it was NEVER designed to take on social.
He also assumes (like everyone, you would think) that it was built to "succeed."
My newest contention: it wasn't built to last.
It was built to get more people on the "Google platform."
I said that all it would take is "nibbles" at the other "social" tools. Is it just coincidence that Facebook is rolling out a SEPARATE messenger web app along with its regular app now?

My web-bud, Mark Schaefer hosted a discussion about this concept here:
http://www.businessesgrow.com/2014/05/06/fix-google/

I think he misses the boat when he suggests that G+ was needed to be a competitor to Facebook. Webster highlights that the "papercut" approach mirrors my idea from way back when:
http://www.toddlyden.com/2011/07/nibbling-at-facebook-g-slow-and-steady.html

He is VERY correct that Google doesn't know marketing, but when have they EVER?

Google I/O is happening today and should disclose more about where G+ is headed.



Look, I understand that there is some concern that if you have a website as a small business (or any for that matter) you ought to make sure that you have a "mobile-friendly" version of the site.

In case you haven't heard, Mobilegeddon is Coming!

Google is changing their search algorithm today to prefer mobile-ready sites.

This makes sense considering the crazy amount of traffic that virtually any website is going to get from a phone, tablet etc versus the traditional desktop or laptop.

However, before you imagine asteroid explosions on your SERP that would make Michael Bay jealous. Calm down and realize...

YOU PROBABLY DON'T HAVE A WEBSITE. (At least according to most website builders.)

I suggest it is true based on empirical observation... most just don't have a website.

50% 60% 70%... it varies, but I'd guess it is always been high. There are a metric ton of small businesses that have ZERO website. Sure, they might be on Facebook, etc- but absolutely bupkis in terms of a website.

So, sit back and relax. The explosion is probably not here for you, yet.
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