Google made a significant change to the news articles that show up within the web search results. Those news articles no longer have to come from a human-approved Google News source - they can come from anywhere. Now there the news box has been replaced by "In The News" box that contains both Google News sources and other sources, including Twitter, Reddit, YouTube, Blogs and other non-journalistic sources.Yesterday, @danlev tipped me off to Reddit showing up in the news box and I covered it immediately at Search Engine Land as I waited for Google to answer my question on how a site like Reddit would be included in Google News or a News box. Google responded to me and Danny wrote the revised story named Google’s “In The News” Box Now Lists More Than Traditional News Sites.Google told us that Google News sites are not the only stories than can show in the new news box named "In The News":We will be pulling from all over the web which means that we will present as … [Read more...] about Google News Box No Longer Just From Google News Sources
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As we covered earlier, US Representative Joe Barton sent Google a letter with 24 questions relating to privacy — along with a week to answer them. I was annoyed that some seemed basic and already answered in a way that one of his interns could easily uncover. But Google’s now replied to the letter with a 19-page response with answers. You’ll find the responses in this PDF file. It’s the weekend, so I’m off and leaving a deeper analysis until Monday. Google is providing the PDF file to media outlets that asked for it. I think we’re the first to have done so. Below, the contents of the letter in HTML format: 1. Please describe Google’s retention policy with respect to the following data. Include in your response a description of the type of data retained (for example, URL, Internet Protocol [IP] address, date, time of connectivity); the length of time the data is retained; where the data is retained; who has access to the retained data; and how … [Read more...] about Google Responds To Rep. Joe Barton’s 24 Privacy Questions
Each month, I compile Search Month— a recap of all the stories that have happened relating to search, categorizedby topic. I thought it would be fun to take all the Search Months over the pastyear and produce this edition of Search Year 2007. It was far more work than Iimagined, but I hope you’ll find this at-a-glance guide to what happened insearch during 2007 to be helpful. At-a-glance might be a stretch. This is a massive post, and I’m sure somepeople might feel a bit of overload. So, here’s some guidance as to how thingsare organized. In many categories, I tried to pick the biggest news story for that topic.This isn’t always the case. With some categories such as SEO, there where manygood, compelling stories. In some of those cases, I went with a catchy headlineor a recent, broadly applicable article. I wish I’d had the time to more closelygo through and pick out the very best in each section, but it was too mucheffort. Below each main story are … [Read more...] about Search Year 2007: Search News, In Review
More and more, Google has been showing pictures of article authors next to search results. But what began ostensibly as simple adoption of industry standard Web markup seems to have become an exercise in promoting the Google+ social network. In June 2011 Google began to pilot a way for content authors to associate a photo and an author byline to the display of their articles in Google search results. Google extended the pilot to Google News searches in November 2011. The addition of author information in search results continues Google’s support of microformat html markup to enrich a search result, a concept originally pioneered by Yahoo as enhanced results, called rich snippets by Google and known by Bing as Tiles. Rich snippets offer websites the chance to stand out from the crowd in search results, enticing more clicks in the process. Authorship markup is particular visible due to the presence of an author’s photo – humans are wired to gaze at photos of people. … [Read more...] about Google Authorship Rich Snippets – Is Google Promoting Authors Or Google+?
The noise about whether Google is a monopoly that needs to be controlled continues to ramp up, with Google itself releasing a “charm offensive” set of slides after its lobbying using those slides was outed by Consumer Watchdog. I’ll cover that below, but as I watch the debate continue over whether Google has too much marketshare or strong enough competitors, I feel like the bigger issue that Google is more vulnerable on is getting lost. Google potentially controls too many points along the internet advertising ecosystem Back at the end of 2007, I wrote After The Google Antitrust Breakup, which was a fictional account of how and why Google might be broken up. When I looked at the issues that concerned me, the amount of search share Google had or number of competitors didn’t factor into it. Instead, it was the inherent conflict of Google being one of the major drivers of traffic to internet web sites and a company that in turn earns plenty of money off ads on … [Read more...] about Fights In The Google Monopoly Debate Miss Key Points