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Here's how it started.

I was raped in grad school and didn't tell anyone. (That's a common story.)

Later, I told someone about my rape, but I didn't report my rape because reporting rape on campus was, and still is, kind of a nightmare. (That's also a common story.)

Later still, I wrote a short story about being raped and published that, but the story was fiction and not real. (It was not real.)

And then, years later, I began doing anti-rape activist work, and the Title IX complaints started happening. I decided to report my rape to the school, hoping that reporting would be less of a nightmare now. (Maybe it was less of a nightmare. But it was still a nightmare.)


I never reported my rape to the police -- even though, even now, I could. North Carolina, the state where I live, where he raped me, has no statute of limitations for felonies.

No statute of limitations. What he did will always be a crime. In my eyes, and in the eyes of the law. Right?

Sort of.

That's the problem.

Why didn't you report being raped?

Other people ask me that question, sure. But mostly I ask myself.

Why didn't I report being raped? I ask myself that question a lot. And then I torture myself with the answers.

Why didn't you report being raped?

Because my rapist is a doctor and no one will believe that a doctor would do something like that.

Because I was basically cheating on my boyfriend when I went home with my rapist. And even though I didn't want to have sex with my rapist, that won't matter in the eyes of a prosecutor or jury.

Because I have a psychiatric disability that will torpedo my credibility in the eyes of anyone, and I mean anyone, who knows anything about prosecuting rape or defending against rape charges. I am a lawyer, and I know that anyone with a psychiatric disability like mine would have her credibility as a witness destroyed by even the most poorly trained, overworked, and nervous defense attorney.

Because I know that my psychiatric disability will come out in court, no matter what the rules of evidence say. It will. And I will have to listen to them, the members of the self-same profession that I'm a part of, doing defense work that I know is important, I will have to listen to them destroy my credibility as a witness to my own rape on the basis of a psychiatric disability that has absolutely nothing to do with my credibility as a witness in the world of empirical fact, but everything to do with my credibility as a witness in the world of stigma and bigotry.

Because I don't know if I will survive that experience.

Why didn't you report being raped?

Because I was so drunk on the drinks my rapist gave me at the bar that I passed out in my rapist's car while he drove me to his apartment and so I didn't even know where we were. My drunken state didn't matter much to me until after he raped me. After he raped me, I didn't know how to get home. So I asked him to drive me. And then later I realized that asking him to drive me home would give a defense attorney even more ammo against me because why would I ask him to drive me home if I was afraid of him? Why would I choose to spend more time with him if he was a rapist? Why didn't I just run out of his apartment and start screaming? Isn't that how a rape victim is supposed to act?

Because I didn't act like how a rape victim is supposed to act.

Because I was so drunk and passed out in my rapist's car, and therefore I didn't know which of the little towns around here his apartment was located in. When I think about reporting to the police, I realize that I don't even know which police station to report my rape to because I don't know which police force has jurisdiction over my rape.

Because I don't want to even think about the word jurisdiction.

Because after I was raped, I hated myself and wanted to die. And I still kind of do, even years and years later.

Why didn't you report being raped?

Because my rapist was a friend of my family, and I didn't know if they would take his side.

Because I knew that if my family took my rapist's side I wouldn't have a family any more. So I thought it would be better not to put the issue to the test.

Because the first time I was raped, when I was a child, adults blamed me for it. My animal brain is still really confused about that. My animal brain knows that being blamed hurts and believes that keeping secrets is less painful than risking being blamed again.

Because I can't believe that I am a person who was raped twice. What does it say about me that I am a person who was raped twice? Am I a perpetual victim? Am I doomed to be victimized, attacked, forever?

Because maybe my brain really is broken. Because maybe it really is my fault, if it happened to me twice.


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How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Drugs Better and Faster

When researchers used to try to diagnose and treat diseases, they would often search for one mutation on a single gene that was causing the problem. Or maybe they would look for average effects of a mutation that led to a disease across the entire population. But these approaches ignored the complexities and specifics that truly give rise to disease — demographic information, proteins, multi-gene interactions, environmental effects, and a whole host of other facets.

Until recently, computers weren’t powerful enough to be able to analyze all of this health information, nor were there large enough datasets to test. But the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can tease out interactions from big health data that is emerging from the ability to quickly sequence entire genomes and gather more molecular information than ever before. AI could make precision medicine a reality, since it will hopefully one day be able to identify the unique characteristics an individual has that could lead to certain diseases, and how to treat them.

“That’s what precision medicine is all about. Each of us is different and each of us is genetically unique, so each of us should have a treatment that’s tailored to our individual genetic makeup and our individual environmental history,” said Jason H. Moore, Chief of the Division of Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania. “So I think that’s where artificial intelligence has a very important role to play, is being able to put together multiple genetic and environmental factors to identify the important subgroups.”

Two researchers, including Moore, presented their approaches using health AI during the Leveraging Big Data and Predictive Knowledge to Fight Disease conference at the New York Academy of Sciences on Tuesday. Health AI is essentially getting computers to think about genomics, diseases, and treatments like humans do but in a much faster, more powerful way, and on a larger scale.

One of the most exciting applications for AI is identifying new targets for drugs that previous methods have missed. Since developing a single drug takes on average up to 14 years and $2.6 billion, pharmaceutical companies would like to do anything they can to decrease that time and cost.

Dr. Niven Narain, Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer for biopharma company Berg, discussed his company’s Interrogative Biology AI platform that has identified several drug targets that are in development and at least 25 more that are in the pipeline. Berg’s platform pulls together as much data on individual patients as possible — from demographic information and environmental conditions to genetic mutations — in order to tease out opportunities for new treatments. He said Berg’s method has cut the time and money required to develop drugs by more than half.

“It’s not only that we’re reducing the time to produce the drug; the drug that’s produced is going to have more of an impact,” Narain said. “That’s also a metric that needs to be intangibly appreciated, because you could get things done faster [using current drug development methods], but it’s only going to help 10,000 people. But if you get it done faster [with AI] and you’re helping 10 million people, that’s a big difference.”

Using their AI system, EMERGENT, Moore’s lab discovered five new biomarkers that could be potential drug targets for the eye disorder glaucoma. To do this, he said, they input patient data for 2,300 healthy and unhealthy individuals, information on over 600,000 specific DNA sequences, and knowledge of specific gene interactions into EMERGENT. One of the DNA sequences the AI system identified was one known to affect glaucoma, and the other five are new opportunities for drug development.

Next, Moore said his group is working on developing better ways to visualize the data that AI computers spit out — the results can’t be helpful unless biologists can interpret what they mean and how they can be used. His group is actually using the video game platform Unity 3D to develop apps that could eventually allow researchers to fully immerse themselves in their data and AI algorithms inside a gaming system.

“Imagine all your big data lives in a video game, and you’re flying through it and you see something interesting. What you want to be able to do from within the visualization is say, ‘Aha, that looks interesting,’ and push a button, and have an analysis run on that piece of the data that you’ve seen and have the result come back in real time. And then you can fly through, see something else, push a button and get an analytical result. So you want the analysis to be intertwined with the visualization. I think that will revolutionize how we analyze big data.”

But Moore thinks it will likely take at least two decades before AI becomes accessible and interpretable enough to fully reach its potential. Narain said the first applications of AI in medicine could come in the next three to four years, particularly because the U.S. Federal Drug Administration and insurance companies are starting to encourage the use of big data in making health care decisions.

“I think AI is what is going to drive this voluminous amount of information into going from data to knowledge, and from knowledge to products,” Narain said. “AI’s going to help speed that process up, and help to remove the noise from what the real, true signal is. And that signal’s going to really drive processes.”

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Microsoft track record

In its heyday, Microsoft could do no wrong. It was a company that was in the right place at the right time when IBM fell in its lap with a large contract to create the first IBM PC operating system. It was able to capitalize on just about every opportunity. Even the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, which covered the period of 1971 to 1997, portrayed Bill Gates and Microsoft as winners and Steve Jobs and Apple as something akin to losers - needing an investment from its archrival, Microsoft, to stay afloat.

That was then... this is now

After Steve Ballmer took the helm in January of 2000 until he left in 2014, Microsoft's stock price was stuck in neutral - bouncing between the mid-$20's to low $30's per share. During this period, those with major stakes in Microsoft were calling for his ouster, and the marketplace did not see anything really new from Microsoft for a long time. Meanwhile, there have been a series of expensive disasters and disappointments including the Vista and Windows 8 operating systems, the Bing search engine, and the acquisition of Nokia's handset business. While some liked the Surface - Microsoft's entry into the tablet market - sales have been more than disappointing. Since Satya Nardella took over with Bill Gates back on the Board, the stock has risen some - fluctuating in the mid-$40s, but Microsoft recently laid-off 7,800 people and basically wrote off the entire value of the Nokia deal. It is in this context, that Microsoft is offering its Windows 10 upgrade for free.

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Has Microsoft lost its mojo?

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WYOD: Is Your Organization Ready?

mail_image_previewShortly after the launch of Apple's iPhone, corporate Blackberry users started experimenting with the iPhone, and it didn't take long before we began seeing office workers and executives juggling two phones - the Blackberry because they had to and the iPhone because they wanted to.

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It took some time, but IT departments found ways to secure employee smartphones and tablets. They eventually turned this problem into an opportunity.  For example, a major financial services company used to supply thousands of Blackberrys to their employees, now their employees bring their own smartphone, as well as their own tablets - which has become a laptop replacement - saving the company millions.

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Too many business leaders today are assuming that wearable technology is too new--and that it doesn't pose a serious threat now. They assume that they "have time" and that they'll "deal with it later."

They're wrong. Sales in wearable technology, including smart watches, smart wristbands, and mush more is exploding. In addition, a recent survey found that 71% of 16 to 24 year olds want to own some sort of wearable technology.

That means that you will soon have an influx of young employees who will think nothing of integrating their daily business and personal tasks with their smart watch or other high-tech wearable. As our experiences with personal devices in the workplace have taught us, you are fighting a losing battle if your goal is to prevent employees from using their wearables in the workplace.

Rather than fight this Hard Trend, I strongly urge businesses to embrace the technology in advance, to be preactive. Develop a strategy that balances considerations of convenience and security. Define the value of using wearables in business now before your competition does. After all, wearable devices can provide users with instant access to important data; they can increase mobility, safety, and productivity; and they can offer you tracking capabilities for employees who are in the field.

However, I'm not suggesting that you shouldn't be somewhat concerned about wearables in the workplace. Think about it: What exactly will employees who wear the next version of smart glasses record and share? And how can you be sure that employees won't use their smart watches to record details about a new product launch or other proprietary information? As new technologies are developed, the risks will grow and the gadgets will be harder to monitor and even recognize as gadgets. That's why you need to get ahead of this trend now.

Just like BYOD, WYOD opens your business up to risks. But this is a potential problem that you can see in advance, so you can solve it in advance. You should revisit your BYOD policy and incorporate guidelines for WYOD. Be thorough, be specific, and hold people accountable for abiding by the rules.

This is not an issue that only concerns your IT staff. It is an organizational issue, and every person, from the top down should play a role in ensuring that these devices benefit, rather than expose, your business. Exercise caution, but don't run from this exciting new technology. Take advantage of it.


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Inside the Namibian taxidermy factory which stuffs more than 6,000 animals a year for trophy hunters 

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Debris found floating in Indian Ocean may be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

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New facets sparkle in Windows 10

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Feds: Western New York man attempted to support IS group

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Butcher murdered his wife by hacking her face, neck and head with an axe because of their ‘unhappy marriage’ then killed himself, inquest hears

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Palestinian man half way through a 27-year prison sentence in Israel becomes a father after smuggling his sperm out of the jail to get his wife pregnant…and here’s the evidence it worked 

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Being frank not enough, Twitter needs to act

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Pressed by left, Greece’s Tsipras vows ‘thus far and no further’

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No takers? Giveaway essay contest for 47 acres of Maine woodlands ends amid lack of entries

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Afghanistan says Taliban leader dead, urges peace talks

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Here’s Every Crazy, Suicidal Stunt From The Mission Impossible Movies

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Tragedy as four-year-old boy dies after being found face down and unconscious in a pond 

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MIT researchers figure out how to break Tor anonymity without cracking encryption

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Teen brothers who stabbed their family to death ‘planned to go on massive shooting spree that would make them more infamous than the Columbine killers’

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Nick Gordon pictured for first time since Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death

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RMS founded the GNU Project, the Free Software Foundation, and remains one of the most important and outspoken advocates for software freedom. He now spends much of his time fighting excessive extension of copyright laws, digital restrictions management, and software patents. RMS has agreed to answer your questions about GNU/Linux, how GNU relates to Linux the kernel, free software, why he disagrees with the idea of open source, and other issues of public concern. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one question per post.

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Newborn baby suffers burns during routine blood test by hospital staff in Houston

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Chelsea move is too soon for John Stones, claims Arsenal legend Martin Keown, as he advises youngster to ‘work on his game’   

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For The First Time, A Laser That Shines Pure White

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The emission of Arizona State University's white laser.

The laser is a versatile tool in the modern technological arsenal. It can provide immense energy to a precise location at a very specific wavelength, but it’s always fallen short in one regard: lasers emit light at a single specific wavelength. Until now.

A team from Arizona State University has built a white laser that simultaneously fires in red, green and blue, covering more than 90 percent of the colors perceptible to the human eye.

The laser is modulated by a synthetic nanosheet, a multi-segmented, layered material that can emit in red, green, and blue light in different proportions, based on the light applied to each segment. The wavelength spans 191 nanometers, which the study claims is the largest reported for a laser of this kind. Researchers “grew” the material, alloyed from zinc, calcium, sulfur, and selenium, in a 4-foot tube that reached more than 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Real color images, under low light, of a single laser beam.

So, we have a white laser. What does that mean? Well, lasers are being used more and more in transparent laser displays, even garnering interest from Apple. Being able to reproduce the color white with a laser is huge step towards making these technologies more viable.

These lasers also have immense possibility in data transfer. Wireless data transfer using light has already been demonstrated at blistering gigabit speeds using white LED lights. Lasers are already an improvement over LEDs, because Li-Fi works by reading slight modulations of light, and lasers can be far more finely tuned than LEDs. White light allows those signals to be transmitted over multiple areas of the color spectrum, which is effectively adding more pathways for data to travel. The ASU team calls their white laser “the ultimate form of such a light."

This Is the Quietest Place in the United States

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Is it MH370? Plane debris found near Madagascar under investigation


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Powerful aurorae observed on brown dwarf for the first time

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Overplanning: Ivy League and Beyond

A year ago, I gave a presentation that could make or break my second semester English grade. Like most college-minded high school juniors, I knew that I couldn't afford screwing up this presentation.

I spent hours designing the best looking PowerPoint presentation, rehearsing twice in front of the librarian, writing down responses to potential questions from the audience and even researching jokes online in hopes of wooing my teacher and classmates. Nothing could go wrong, I convinced myself.

But things did go wrong, terribly wrong.

"Good morning everyone. Today, I am going to talk about Gatsby and the Corruption of the American Dream," I blurted with my head held down.

As I stood in front of my classmates, I felt my legs and hands shake uncontrollably, as if they had a mind of their own. Instead of slowly explaining my points as rehearsed, I rushed through the PowerPoint slides and made incoherent arguments. The jokes (which I probably convinced myself were comedy gold) ended with awkward silences and at-least-you-tried expressions.

Why does it seem that our detailed plans never go according to, for lack of a better word, plan? According to a 2012 study in the Journal of Social Cognition, researchers pointed out that "making a specific plan is not always helpful for attaining goals, due to a trade-off between openness and specificity. While plans make people more likely to act on a goal, they may also cause people to cease looking for useful alternatives."

And yet, we're still obsessed with making detailed, one-year, three-year, five-year or even ten-year plans. Some parents begin paving their child's pathway to college by sending them to the best elementary, middle, and high schools. Others sign their child up for a myriad of extra-curricular activities. The torch inadvertently passes to the next generation of students who strategically choose the "right" clubs or the best way to polish their CVs in order to chart out a successful career path.

I must admit that I fell victim to the perils of overplanning. After being rejected from a dream school a few months ago, I knew that I wasn't going to let history repeat itself four years later. I spent the next few weeks entranced in deep thought; I'll self-study the GRE during summer, pre-write the college essays two years ahead, intern at McKinsey and Company in my third year, and become the President of the Model UN Club. Here I come, Harvard Graduate School!

I felt an added sense of security, but something about the plan irked me. One evening, as I was half tucked in bed and clicking through Youtube, I stumbled upon an interview between Conan O' Brien and Chirs Pratt. Conan asked Chris how it was like being a door-to-door coupon salesman for two years before becoming an actor.

Wait, what? Chris didn't go to some acting school in New York?

Chris took a deep breath and laughed, "I think there are major lessons to be learned in door-to-door salesman that you use as an actor. You know, in terms of dealing with rejection and walking into a room of strangers and being on and enthusiastic and stuff, and I was good at it".

And suddenly it clicked. The plan didn't feel right because I was limiting myself to one pathway, a route that I thought would clearly impress the graduate school admissions panel (didn't I learn anything from Shawshank Redemption?). I wasn't willing to let my passion guide me, to take chances, and to keep an open mind for unexpected experiences. By overplanning, I was only setting myself up for failure.

Earlier I spoke with two friends: a first year engineering student at the University of Pennsylvania who loves photography and a recently admitted student to Stanford who dances day and night. Contrary to conventional wisdom where one must have ten or more years of experience before listing an activity on the Common App, they picked up a passion in high school. Their passions took an unexpected turn and ended up becoming an integral part of their college applications.

I will be the first to say that setting goals is a good thing. But in a world where college admissions are increasingly unpredictable, in a job market that is always evolving, we take comfort in a false sense of security by overplanning.

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Campus SaVE Act Responds to College Campus Sexual Violence

Students starting college this coming fall (as well as those returning) will be the first to benefit from the Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE), which will require colleges to have "prevention and awareness" programs about sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and domestic violence in place. (This including same-sex violence.) Well-defined campus conduct protocol for disciplinary procedures against those accused of such crimes must be formulated. Victims are required to receive "written information" that outlines their rights, the channels available to them for reporting incidents, and the protocol for disciplinary action.

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), who spearheaded the legislation that took effect on July 1, spoke with reporters by phone to discuss what he qualified as, "A development I think is very important."

The act was cosponsored by numerous Senators, and has been endorsed by twenty-nine organizations including the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Women of Color Network, and the Clery Center for Security On Campus.

There is an important backstory to the fight for protecting students from sexual violence. It dates back to 1986, when 19-year-old student Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dormitory room at Lehigh University. Her parents demanded that colleges and universities furnish statistics about on-campus crime. They founded the Clery Center for Security on Campus in 1987, and three years later took the lead in pushing through the landmark federal legislation Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act in Congress. It was renamed after their daughter in 1991.

The Violence Against Women Act, enacted in 1994, now contains the Campus SaVE Act (Sec. 304 of S. 47) in the VAWA Reauthorization Act of 2013. Casey contacted the Department of Education with the request to get the SaVE Act put into play as soon as possible.

Stating that the SaVE Act was "the most significant update of the Clery Act in two decades," Casey spoke about additional changes he would like to see made. "I don't think this encompasses everything that needs to be done," he noted.

Implementation applies to all colleges and universities that participate in the federal financial aid program (Title IV of the Higher Education Act). According to the Department of Education stats from school year 2011-2012, that number encompassed 7,234 institutions. Failure to comply can result in hefty fines and loss of the school's federal student aid.

The plan is based on the template of Prevention, Reporting, and Response.

Institutions must have prevention and awareness programs in place that clearly define the "prohibition" of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking -- as well as a clear delineation of what constitutes these crimes and "consent according to the applicable jurisdiction." Material on "risk reduction" should be available.

Institutions must convey to students information about all resources offered to them if they are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking. This includes preserving evidence, victim's rights, counseling, and legal assistance.

Institutions must explicitly communicate their protocols for responding to a report of a sexual assault incident, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, and their established system for disciplinary action. This includes projected timelines, and how the type of disciplinary hearing utilized will be determined.

A key element underscored by Casey was the "Bystander Intervention" factor. He said, "Young men have to step up and help young women. Guys need to step in and show some guts. This is telling the whole community, 'It's your problem.' "

Concern for a victim's confidentiality has been highlighted, specifically in regard to the pursuit of changing accommodations and seeking protection -- such as changing a living situation or class enrollment. This enables the victim to have agency.

Casey acknowledged that the situation would not totally "change overnight," but that the "new provisions must be enforced and monitored." He defined it as a very clear reminder to schools, particularly those that were in opposition, "These are the rules now. You have to comply."

In order to hold violators responsible, Casey advocated for investigations to be held accountable by "professionals well-trained in law enforcement." He referenced the importance of "protecting people's rights on both side of this." Casey added, "This is not a place for amateurs."

The December 2014 report issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, Rape and Sexual Assault Victimization Among College-Age Females, 1995-2013 found that, "Rape and sexual assault victimizations of students (80%) were more likely than nonstudent victimizations (67%) to go unreported to police." Hopefully, the Campus SaVE Act will enable and support young women in protecting their rights. As Casey emphasized, "Just because it's on a college campus doesn't mean it's less grave."

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SEO Is Dying & Millennials Won’t Attend The Funeral

Unless that funeral is being live-streamed on Snapchat or Periscope. If you're on the cutting edge, you better start paying attention.

Now, I'm not trying to be coy or just attack SEOs the way John Oliver seems to have it out for social media experts, but let's get one thing clear: SEO is dying because of how millennials are now using the mobile and social web.

The Old Ways Are No Longer The Best Ways

If we were discussing a sound Internet marketing strategy ten years ago, we were singing the praises of SEO, contrasting it to paid (old media) advertising, and bestowing the virtues of long-tail keywords on anyone within earshot. Those times were downright magical because of their simplicity. We knew that content was the name of the game because we could essentially optimize endlessly on our websites and eventually we'd show up in somebody's search results for whatever we were selling. We religiously espoused "Content is King" to anyone who still used a Blackberry, hoping to impress them with our command of phrases like "backlink", "Alt tags" and "meta data".

Some of us were even savvier and learned how to game the system by building entire businesses around producing as much content as humanly possible just so we could litter the search results with our websites. As time progressed, Google caught on, going primal on the web by releasing a slew of animal-named algorithm updates ranging from Panda to Zebra. With every update, SEOs were heard from the hills warning anyone that would listen, "Be sure your website is ready for Google". Like the ominous nightly Hunger Games cannons, forums would be littered by the casualties of war the day after each update. "I'm no longer on the first five pages!" they'd shriek in the distance.

All the while the savvy marketers laughed and laughed, since we long realized that Google was just another traffic source and we didn't put all of our eggs in one big "Do No Evil" basket. One that millennials didn't even spend most of their time on.

We were awakened because we've become SEO agnostic and because our target market has become search engine agnostic. We've learned that the key to being great marketers is to do whatever it takes to stay in front of our customers, and that means going social and mobile.

While Google may be the world's most trafficked website, much of that has to do with its default search position in many browsers. The problem with Google search marketing has always been that once the user goes to Google, they're going somewhere else, and chances are if we were going to reach that same user they'd have to initiate contact. This led to smart marketers doing everything they could to build their email lists, which is great, except for the fact that email open rates are relatively low, and competition for that inbox grows with each new device and messaging platform being adopted.

The Best Ways Now Consider The New Devices

If we were courageous enough to look past Google, we'd obviously have to consider Facebook first. According to a quarterly earnings call in 2014, the average user spends 40 minutes a day on Facebook. That's actually more time per day than the average American spends on pet care, and you know how obsessed Americans are with their pets. This is time being spent by users liking statuses, favoriting celebrities, following interest pages and sharing stories they find interesting.

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Think about it: for 40 minutes a day, consumers are engaging in numerous trackable actions. They are sharing all of their interests, their interpersonal relationships, and even their traveling habits. This is the kind of data that advertising agencies and even the great David Ogilvy would have given a vestigial organ to garner.

Not only are these people spending so much time on one traffic source, but they're doing it from their mobile devices. That means that they're actively interacting with the fastest-loading, most mobile-friendly websites they're encountering. They're also downloading whichever apps are being recommended to them by friends and family, and... advertisers who are targeting them based on their relationships and interests.

Let's not forget about Facebook's family of apps, which includes WhatsApp and Instagram. While many people remember that Facebook purchased WhatsApp for an obscene ($22 Billion) amount of money, most people don't know that WhatsApp actually has more messaging traffic on its app than the entire SMS global network on a daily basis (WhatApp had 800 million active users in April 2015). As for Instagram, it's become so ubiquitous that it's spawned an entirely new genre of "professional models" and brands that make money simply off of charging to promote something in a post. Instagram alone has over 300 million monthly active users and is growing at a double-digit rate.

Facebook has recognized that the future is in mobile media and so should you.

Millennials Prefer Apps to the Mobile Web

If you stop and ask a Millennial to find an interesting restaurant, they'll probably use Yelp before they use Google. If you ask one to catch a ride, they're more likely to use Uber before Googling "Taxi in Los Angeles". If they're looking for something to do to kill time, they're more likely to open the App Store than to Google something to do. The reason is simple: the native mobile experience is better through apps, and various apps do specific tasks better than their mobile web counterparts.

Therein lies the difference in philosophy that needs to occur in marketers moving from an SEO-first (desktop driven) world to a social/mobile-first universe. A marketer's goal doesn't have to be to get as many people to their website as possible, but to simply acquire as many eyes to their message as possible. That's something that can occur over different platforms and varying devices, as explained by BuzzFeed's founder and CEO Jonah Peretti.

In 2014, BuzzFeed decided to adopt the philosophy of building out marketing assets on other people's streams, which isn't much different from how SEOs would create tiers in their link-building strategies.

As marketers, we can't afford to depend on one traffic source (that was designed in a desktop-driven universe) when our target market is now using multiple devices and various social media platforms for news. From Twitter, to Instagram, to Periscope, to Facebook, to Snapchat, the only way we can make sure we're around for the long haul is to adopt as many platforms as possible and to build assets over all of them.

Am I saying to ignore SEO altogether?

Heck, no. Just recognize that traditional SEO is dying a slow death and Millennials are too busy looking at their phones to even notice.

Comment below and share with your friends with those apps you love so much!

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