Google Search Designer Explains Why Some Features & Tools Get Axed

axe-chop-wood-600 Google often removes features from their search results and other services. Jon Wiley, Google's Principal Designer of Google Search in a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) thread answered the question on why Google removes features people love. Most recently, Google completely disabled the Google discussion forum search filter, which was actually removed from the search tools in January 2014 along with other features. Jon was asked specifically about that, but since he was not directly involved in that decision, he answered why Google removes some features that people love. Jon said that " [...]


Google’s Pigeon Update Solves Yelp Problem, Boosts Local Directories

google-yelp-maps-600 As the analysis continues on yesterday's Google local search algorithm changes -- that we're calling the Pigeon update -- one thing appears to be clear: Local directory sites are getting better visibility in Google's search results. More specifically, it looks like Google has fixed its "Yelp problem" and is now showing Yelp pages at the top of search results when queries specifically include the word "Yelp." You might recall Yelp's recent accusations that Google was manipulating its search results to show Google's own local listings and content ahead of Yelp pages even when users spe [...]


“Let Me Google That For You” Bill Aims To Replace Government Agency With Google Search

congress-constitution-declaration-600 Senators Tom Coburn and Claire McCaskill have introduced new legislation aimed at saving taxpayers $66 million a year. What's their plan? It's the "Let me Google that for you" Act, and its goal is to replace the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) agency with a simple Google search. Started in 1950, the NTIS collects and distributes government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information and reports, charging other agencies and the public for copies. Part of the US federal Commerce Department, the agency staffs 150 employees and costs $66 million a y [...]


Google AdWords Debuts Dynamic Sitelinks Globally: What You Need To Know

Google AdWords Dynamic Sitelinks Meet Dynamic Sitelinks, the latest ad snippet from Google AdWords. Dynamic sitelinks are another one of those add-ons -- like seller ratings and consumer ratings annotations -- in which advertisers don't have control over what displays or when the content is triggered. Here's what you need to know: Dynamic sitelinks are automatically generated, typically when it's apparent that someone is shopping, planning a trip or doing some other research via search. They appear below the ad copy and can trigger on all devices. These sitelinks link to relevant content on the advertisers' site. Ho [...]


Foursquare Sneak Previews New “Personalized Local Search” & Moves All Check-Ins To Swarm

Foursquare If you've been one of the few fearless folks holding out from updating their Foursquare app, your days are numbered. In a blog post and an email sent out to early adopters , Foursquare alerted its constituency that as of tomorrow all check-ins will be required to occur on Swarm, the new hub for check-ins. Furthermore, Foursquare has released a new logo and previewed a dramatic new look. With the delineation between check-ins and local search comes the new logo that's half pin/half F (or superhero emblem if you listen to Foursquare). Not the big news for Foursquare is that without check- [...]


Must-See SMX East Keynote: Jonah Peretti, Founder & CEO Of BuzzFeed

jonah-peretti-600 Everyone likes to talk about creating buzz, but few have mastered the art of making content go viral like Jonah Peretti. He's the founder of BuzzFeed, the wildly popular social news and entertainment website that has scored huge successes with quizzes, listicles and even long-form content. Peretti also co-founded the Huffington Post, and is well-known for thinking deeply about how people are sharing and distributing things like journalism, brand messaging, entertainment and other types of content online. You can expect to learn a lot about leveraging the viral aspects of the internet d [...]


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