Google announced on Google+ that they are asking for feedbacks on their Google Webmaster Tools for user experience study. This is probably taking place to make the tools more user friendly, logical and easier to use.
Google wrote :
“We want to conduct a quick user study about your experience on the site. We welcome people of all levels of experience to participate. If you're interested in filling out a questionnaire or participating in a one-on-one video hangout, sign up here http://goo.gl/forms/5VJYKP15Gw”
Google said to treat Google crawlers, Googlebot, as you would any searcher or user accessing your site from the US. Now Google has initiated a change because it may crawl your site from IP addresses outside of the US and also may crawl your site with language settings outside of English-US.
Google announced that they will now support Locale-aware crawling by Googlebot- which is a huge change for internationalized sites.
Google has released a new Search Queries Report Tool in Google Webmaster Tools and they are offering an Alpha preview of the tool to select beta/alpha testers. If you wish to try and test the new Search Queries Report, sign up at this form and Google may select you.
Google has incorporated some changes to its Google Trusted Stores Certification program that will make it easier for merchants to earn the badge and help them earn trust of people who shop from Google.
Google first launched its Trusted Stores in 2011. At that point, merchants were required to share data about shipments with Google to participate in the program and they got a badge to display.
According to the survey conducted by the 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer, Google (search engine) has taken over traditional media as the most trusted source of news on global level. Last year they were behind, but now they have stooped ahead of traditional media. This “trust gap” is most evident among Millennials, according to early release data seen by Quartz.
Google announced to its audience in Lisbon that it will limit right to be forgotten requests to Europe for now, as they would like to keep it as local as possible. Google offered right to be forgotten ever since the European Court of Justice ruled that it should. Google has done this with obvious reluctance and has regularly thrown up the system for debate.
Google is dispatching mass scale warnings to non-mobile friendly websites, indicating that new mobile algorithm may be coming soon. As revealed by Search Engine Roundtable, the notifications are sent through email and webmaster tools warning sites that their incompatibility with mobiles will cause ranking issues for them.
About 25% of all searches done on Google may display a knowledge graph related answer or box, according to Steven Levy, an American journalist who has been researching Googleâ€™s organic search. He eked out the information from the interviews he conducted with the the key players and decision makers on the Google search team.
Google appears comfortable with a ballpark estimate of about 25 percent evoking a Knowledge Graph answer, but wonâ€™t say it officially.
The new lane guidance feature on Google Maps for Android and iOS is sure to make life easier for drivers on the road.They need not switch lanes at the last minute to make exit.
Following the footsteps of last year, where Google launched a new way for musical artists to list their upcoming events on Google: schema.org markup on their official websites, this year Google is expanding this program in 4 ways.