Google and Yahoo are sticking it to the man by protecting their users against both Government surveillance and hackers. They are launching a new encrypted email system to make the web a safer, sounder environment. Go Google!
We’re liking the updated Google 2012 Olympic medals tally much more, now that UK is 3rd in the rankings with 25 Gold medals!
Olympic Medal Tallies on Google
Nice coverage and special shortcut information from Google. Shame that team GB are so low, though :(
This infographic by WordStream uses their own data to paint a rather interesting picture about how Google is really all about paid clicks.
How Google works - in 7 minutes
Just in case you didn’t already know the basics of how the world’s biggest search engine works.
This is just strange… Google has made Flight Search international, but only one way!
So, users can view flights leaving from US cities to anywhere in the world, but not from anywhere in the world to the USA.
Couldn’t they just have sorted it properly before launching - what use is a one-way flight out of the USA to most people?
Google’s Matt Cutts recently spoke at a session titled “Dear Google & Bing: Help Me Rank Better!" where he announced that they’re working on an ‘Over Optimisation’ penalty.
Essentially, Google’s about to penalize websites that look too optimised…. websites that use too much rel=”nofollow” to sculpt PageRank, or use too many keywords in heading tags and so on.
So Google basically builds these tools for SEO, tells webmasters to use them, knowing full well that the SEO specialists will be the only ones who pay attention, and then Google goes and uses those very tools to trap the SEOs who paid heed.
Luckily, we’ve never bothered with PageRank sculpting or any of these over-optimisation tactics that Matt Cutts seems to reference. However, for those of our colleagues who did, we commisserate. This is typical of Google.
Searchlight analysed the search rankings for Robert Scoble’s 500 most influential technology blog writers and using the tech blogger names as keywords, they measured the appearance of social networks in the search results. They looked at the following social networks:
Tracked the tech blogger names in terms of appearances in the SERPs, they looked for domains that appear most often. It was found that Google+ profiles appeared on Page 1 only 33% of the time, rarely in prime visibility positions.