Prashanth Koppula and Matt Cutts at Google Webmaster Central informs that Supplemental pages have now gone mainstream.
"Since 2006, we've completely overhauled the system that crawls and indexes supplemental results. The current system provides deeper and more continuous indexing. Additionally, we are indexing URLs with more parameters and are continuing to place fewer restrictions on the sites we crawl. As a result, Supplemental Results are fresher and more comprehensive than ever. We're also working towards showing more Supplemental Results by ensuring that every query is able to search the supplemental index, and expect to roll this out over the course of the summer.
Google announces that now they have embedded Microformats in Google Maps. Microformats allow tools to make more sense of your web pages, while not changing the visual appearance for visitors to your site one whit.
"Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. Instead of throwing away what works today, microformats intend to solve simpler problems first by adapting to current behaviors and usage patterns (e.g. XHTML, blogging)."
As seen on the official Google blog Google Finance Canada has just been launched.
The new google Finance Canada includes:
- Top financial news from Canadian sources
- Search with a preference for Canadian companies
- Front-page high level economic data from the Bank of Canada
- Portfolios in Canadian currency (or the currency of your choice)
Webware reports that Google will create a system through which copyrighted videos will not appear in their search engine result pages.
Philip Beck, one of Google's attorneys said that, "Google, which acquired YouTube in October, plans to generate a library of digital video fingerprints that would be used by a computer system to screen clips being uploaded to YouTube. Beck also added that the screening process would take only a few minutes to determine whether a clip is copyright material."
BBC News informs that Google is 'the most improved brand' according to a survey of international brands.
According to the survey by Business Week and Interbrand Inc Google's brand value increased by a staggering 44% in the last year to reach $17.8bn (Ă‚ÂŁ8.8bn), and reached the 20th place. However the big one was Microsoft Corp who was at the No 2 spot with a 2007 Brand value of $58,709 million after a 3% increase. Yahoo was in the 55th spot. Soda giant Coca cola was in the top spot.
Google's Dan Crow in the official Google blog finally announces that their Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Unavailable afterĂ˘â‚¬Âť meta tag is finally available after informing about it a few weeks ago.
Google prevents indexing of Google Custom Search blog informs Rusty Brick.
At a forum at Digital point forum discussing the topic Jaybong writes:
Matt Cutts in his blog has an absolutely wacky example of how keyword stuffing gets you nowhere, a website by Alex Chiu clearly breaks all rules.
Though the website is supposedly about eternal life or so it claims to be, in one page Alex Chiu wonders why he is not indexed in Google and the reason Matt says is because:
No competition this be. Just Google's way of showing they can be fun. Anyway, the whole deal is to make a creative video.
The official Google blog says, "And we got to thinking: what if email was delivered via a Rube Goldberg machine, but instead of gears and levers, people on everything from bicycles to submarines brought messages from one place to another? So we had a little fun with a collaborative video depicting just that (well, not the submarines)."
As floods take toll of lives in Berkshire, BBC integrates Google Maps into its news to alert readers of inundated areas etc, reports informs Google Latlong.
Jessica Lee, Google Product Manager writes:
"The BBC has created an interactive flood map with information about the floods happening in Berkshire, UK. The map includes flood alert information, emergency center locations, photos submitted by local residents, user-generated YouTube videos, and audio clips by BBC Radio correspondents. This is a great example of citizen journalism plus professional journalism, all mashed up on a map."