Google head of search Amit Singhal has revealed in his Google+ post that Google has made more than 890 improvements in Google Search in past one year.
In 2009, Google told to have made 350-400 changes to search and the numbers increased to 550 in 2010. Matt Cutts in a video in 2010 said that Google makes one change per day to its core search algorithm. Amit Singhal said that the 890 improvements are search specific but also go well beyond algorithms. User interface changes, Google Now, auto-complete, and many more enhancements are a part of the number.
Squidoo will be closing its doors shortly. Seth Godin, the founder and the owner of Squidoo announced that HubPages has acquired the social content platform which was founded in 2005.
The interesting point here is that both these websites were hit really hard by the panda update. What we need to see in the coming months is that will transferring content from one panda victim to another be of any use?
The self proclaimed “Pandora for places” app that helps users in quickly finding a location is now a part of Yahoo Search team. The announcement was made by Zofari on its website.
Founded in 2012, Zofari is inspired by Pandora, the music streaming service and the movie streaming Netflix. It generates recommendations by taking out information from other services like Foursquare and partly by looking at the places you like.
A recent research by Korn Ferry shows that senior management in the US is pushing for a more data-driven, analytical culture in their organizations. About 8 in 10 CMOs in the US want their company to increase the use of big data tools and predictive analytics in 2014. While, more than one-quarter expect the use to increase by a minimum of 25%.
Google has introduced the Google News Publisher Center, allowing news publishers to easily manage their sites. Now, potential readers will be more informed about the articles they click on and news publishers will have more control over their content displayed on Google News.
You can make the following changes to the Publisher Center after verifying ownership of your site using Google Webmaster Tools:
Shareaholic Social Media Traffic Report reveals, Facebook is the leader of social media referral traffic. Out of the 8 social networking sites, only Facebook drove a greater share of traffic at the end of Q2 as compared to Q1. According to the report, Facebook drives 23.39% of overall visit to sites, which is equivalent to a quarter of the total visits, followed by Pinterest and Twitter.
In the backdrop of the recent ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the Right to be Forgotten, a new website has emerged called “Hidden From Google.” The website displays some of the censored search terms, links, and their source.
Google has created a new form for the public through which they can give their feedback on the implementation of the Right to be Forgotten law in Europe.
After the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union, allowing people to request the removal of their personal information from search results, Google has been receiving removal requests everyday on content including serious criminal records, embarrassing photos, negative press stories etc.
Facebook is launching a series of posts aimed at assisting SMBs that are new players in the game. The series will help them get started on Facebook. The first edition, launched on 25th of this month, explained the basics of Facebook advertising and ad targeting.
In April this year, Google announced it is removing search query data to keep search secure for clicks on paid search ads, which was then followed by Yahoo shortly after. Now Yandex, the Russian search engine giant, has also joined the league. Yandex announced all search query data from the referrer will be removed to protect users’ privacy.