In searching that database of features, the search engine may come up with a number of results, and score them. That feature rank score may determine which location you are shown in Google Maps or in Google’s web search results, in response to a location search. The patent provides a fair amount of detail on how they might score locations in response to a location search, though it’s possible that Google may be looking at other factors to score how well a query matches up with a location. … [Read more...] about Google and Location Searches – SEO by the Sea
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The major search engines have announced an update to the sitemaps.org protocol which enables site owners to store their XML Sitemap files in any location — even on a different domain than the one referenced in the Sitemap. This will be a welcome change for those who manage multiple domains and would like to keep all Sitemap files in one place, as well as for those who would like to store their Sitemap in a location other than the root. … [Read more...] about You Can Now Store Your XML Sitemap Files Anywhere!
Methods and apparatus related to adjusting the ranking of a suggestion for a geographic location based on determining how many of one or more users visited the geographic location after receiving the suggestion. In some implementations the one or more users may belong to first grouping of users and the ranking may be adjusted only for suggestions to the first grouping of users. In some implementations it may be determined if a second grouping of users visited the geographic location after receiving the suggestion. In some implementations a property of the given geographic location may be determined based on a comparison of how many of the second grouping of users visited the given geographic location after receiving the suggestion and how many of the one or more users visited the given geographic location after receiving the suggestion. … [Read more...] about Google May Check to See if People Go to Geographic Locations Google May Recommend
Going forward the issue is not going to be whether location data is collected but by whom and what types of disclosures and consumer control are required. Europe has taken a tougher approach to data retention and user privacy than regulators in the US. Apple and Google are sure to face greater scrutiny on the other side of the Atlantic accordingly. And the discussion of mobile advertising and targeting has just begun. … [Read more...] about Privacy, Location Sharing & Opting-Out On Apple iDevices
Be Bold: Building great things means taking risks. This can be scary and prevents most companies from doing the bold things they should. However, in a world that’s changing so quickly, you’re guaranteed to fail if you don’t take any risks. We have another saying: “The riskiest thing is to take no risks.” We encourage everyone to make bold decisions, even if that means being wrong some of the time. … [Read more...] about Facebook Files To Go Public, The S-1 Is Live