SERoundtable: Google’s Mobile Friendly Algorithm Is Yes Or No - No Degrees Of Mobile Friendliness?
“But as we mentioned earlier, there are over 200 different factors that determine ranking so we can’t just give you a yes or no answer with this. It depends on all the other attributes of your site, weather it is providing a great user experience or not. That is the same with desktop search, not isolated with mobile search.” In other words, Google is not going to divert the ‘bum-rush’ to get mobile-compatible, because it benefits themselves. But it may not be as critical as the knee-jerk folks are panicking over.
SER: Google Mobile Friendly Test vs Webmaster Tools Mobile Usability Reports.
Timely. It seems April 21 is the date Google will start using mobile-friendliness as a ranking metric (of 200-some metrics, so don’t panic).
SER: Google Discontinuing Original Google Webmaster Tools API, Killing Keyword Data.
FYI. “... you can no longer get keyword data for the content report from the Google Webmaster Tools API starting on April 20, 2015. Google did say there are other ways to get the data in Python, Java, and OACurl but many of the free and popular keyword tools use the API.”
Macworld: Google error leaks owner personal info for nearly 300,000 websites.
DedaSys Journal: Alarming number of spam false positives in Gmail.
I also noticed a bit a month or so ago. Those that were being caught - and they were vitally important - I whitelisted with a filter to guarantee they wouldn’t be grabbed again. I just peeped in this second, about ten items I would have preferred to see, but weren’t earthshattering if I lost them. I check the spam folder about once a month or ~500 pieces, whichever comes first, because I never do trust algorithms 100%.
The Register.UK: Google chips at Amazon’s Glacier with Cloud Storage Nearline.
Of note. Particularly photographers who get nervous ‘n’ jerky when they can’t have instant access to their backups (guilty) ...
vowe dot net: It was nice knowing you, Google+.
“And then Google decided to add all my circles to my address book. Hundreds of people I don’t need in there. A quick visit to Google+, delete all circles, farewell.” Haven’t seen that yet. When I do ...
ReadWrite: Google+ Is Poised For A Big Breakup.
I wondered for how long it would continue to limp along.
Snapmail: Self-destructing emails for Gmail.
c|net: Google’s Blogger to put sexually explicit content behind privacy wall.
Remembering the early days when amateur First Amendment advocates would have had a cow over this. Crickets.
ArtDaily: 2 masterpieces from Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden available in gigapixel resolution.
Imgur: Updated Google Maps Middle Earth.
Google LatLong: Google Earth Pro is now free.
Bruce Clay’s 2015 Predictions for the SEO Industry.
BC’s always ridden the top of the SEO industry. You know I don’t like SEO in general, but he makes good predictions.
Yanado - Task management inside Gmail.
Never heard of it. Thought some might be interested.
Dither and Bicker: RIP Google Analytics, Casualty of Spam.
naked cap: Google Further Crapifies Search, Exploiting Both Users and Advertisers.
I never use Google to shop. I look for products directly, after doing extensive research. Once that happens, I go direct to my favorite outlets to compare prices. I never click on affiliate links on review sites, or on Google itself. So Google is designing away from me, I guess. I still get best results to my arcane queries via Google. Make the interface too cluttered, I’ll take off.
Reuters: Germany’s top publisher bows to Google in news licensing row.
Interesting. I assume the publisher makes money from ad-clicks? There’s no connection made here between visitors from Google and actual revenue. I’d rather see *that* impact.
Re/Code: Inbox Comes Close to Mastering Email.
I finally got access to Inbox a while ago. It seems very nice, but it does adopt a different philosophy than standard Gmail. If you have an intricate construction of labels, beware. It will hide important unread emails until you figure out ‘bundles’. If I chucked all my labels, it might workflow better. That’s a big consideration at this point, and won’t be taken lightly.
BusinessInsider: The Guardian’s Dark Social Traffic Problem.
The Verge: Google VP’s 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump.
“The accomplishment came seemingly out of nowhere with no fanfare or media buzz whatsoever; The New York Times’ science Twitter account first reported Eustace’s incredible feat.” A quiet one-up; I like it.
Burce Clay: How To Use Social Meta Tags to Optimize Social Sharing.
Oh, Google, now you’ve really gotten me angry.
I was trying to attach images to an email, and MailPlane borked the attachments. Now Google’s “locked down” my account for “suspicious activity”. For anywhere between one hour to 24 hours! What about an error message instead, huh? This is a royal pain the arse, for a rudimentary error on my software’s part.
Moving to the top of my IT list, “get the hell off Gmail.”
Later: And, of course, their servers are still taking my POP3 emails off my other accounts and erasing them (as I had set on my now unreachable GMail prefs). Which means I have to reconfigure my email at the server.
Even later: What is really, really annoying is that the attachments were simply uploading into a draft - I hadn’t pressed send. Penalized for just *composing* a too-large email.
Moz/Blog: Panda 4.1 - The Devil Is in the Aggregate.
A good read, even if SEO gives you hives.