All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘search plus your world’

Google Stops Labeling Personalized Search Results

It appears that at some point, Google stopped labeling personalized search results based on its “Search Plus Your World” feature. Are you still seeing personal results labeled as such? Have you noticed the disappearance? Let us know in the comments. Google launched Search Plus Your World back in January of 2012. The reaction from users was mixed.You can toggle the …

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Google Adds Your Email To Search Results

Google has announced a handful of “search engine of the future” items. One involves the international expansion of the Knowledge Graph and the addition of Knowledge Graph results to search suggestions. One is about improved Voice Search for iOS. More on these things shortly. Perhaps the most interesting of Google’s announcements is the addition of Gmail inbox content to Google’s …

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Google On How Users Can Build Networks For Search

Google Developer Programs Tech Lead Maile Ohye posted a twenty-minute video about Google+ and the +1 button to the Webmaster Central blog today. For many of you, there’s not going to be a whole lot of new info. It’s really about the basics, and how it all works, apparently geared toward people who have yet to navigate the path that …

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Are Google’s Results Better Today Than They Were 5 Years Ago?

According to Google CEO Larry Page, you’d be astounded by how bad Google search was 5 years ago. Do you think Google is significantly better than it was five years ago? How about two years ago? One year ago? Let us know what you think in the comments. Google has done a whole lot in the past five years. In …

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Google+ Gets A Little Less Emphasis From Google Search

Beyond algorithm updates, Google has made at least two major changes to its search engine this year: Search Plus Your World and the Knowledge Graph. The former was designed to offer users a search experience more tailored to their own personal web experience and social connections. The latter was designed to give users the info they’re looking for without having …

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Google: Personalized Search Results Are Lifting Clickthrough Rates

Google launched Search Plus Your World earlier this year. Most Google users probably just know it as Google filling their results with a lot more results based on social connections. A lot of users complained about it, but Google appears to consider the whole thing a success (not unlike the Penguin update). Google Fellow Amit Singhal spoke at SMX London …

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Will Google Add Google Drive Content To Search?

Google finally announced the official launch of Google Drive today, after years of anticipation. What do you suppose the chances are that Google will integrate your stored files into search results when relevant? We asked Google if they have such plans. “We have nothing to announce at this time,” a Google spokesperson tells us. Not exactly a no. Think about …

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Wajam Makes Personalized Results Less Obtrusive On Google

Some people like personalized search results based on their social connections. Some don’t. Google thrust Search Plus Your World upon users earlier this year, to mixed reviews. While it has an on/off toggle, it has littered search results with more content based on what people you may be connected via various social networks (like Google+ – not Facebook/Twitter) have shared. …

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Is Social Really A Great Indicator Of Search Relevancy?

It’s clear that titles matter to search. You’re less likely to rank well in search engines for key phrases if those phrases are not in the title of your content. It’s also clear that search engines are putting a great deal of emphasis on social signals when ranking content. Interestingly enough, titles also have a direct impact on just how …

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The New Google+ Is Only The Beginning

Google launched a big redesign of Google+ on Wednesday. It’s in the process of rolling it out over the next few days. A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews, “The new version of Google+ will gradually start rolling out to all Google+ users globally this morning.” Do you like the new Google+ design? Is it an improvement over the previous version? Tell …

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Should Google Favor Google+ More Or Less In Search Results?

In a letter to investors this week, Google CEO Larry Page expressed Google’s goal to create “a beautifully simple experience across Google”. That’s what the company’s controversial privacy policy change is all about. It’s about tying all of Google’s products together as one Google. Should data from the various Google services you use be integrated with one another? Tell us …

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Larry Page Talks A Lot More About Search Than Social In New Letter

In case you were thinking Google is more concerned with social than it is with search these days, perhaps Larry Page’s 2012 Update from the CEO will change your mind. You can find the word “social” used once. You can find the word “search” 23 times (OK, to be fair, Google+ is mentioned 10 times). Under the heading “Next-Generation Search,” …

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Google Favors Google+ Less In Search Results

As you may know, Google released a huge list of algorithm changes it made in the month of March. We’ve already looked at what Google had to say about the Panda update, and Google’s increased focus on freshness. Another noteworthy change from the list is: Better indexing of profile pages. [launch codename “Prof-2”] This change improves the comprehensiveness of public …

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How Far Does Your Google Search Query Travel?

How far does your Google search query travel? According to Google,1,500 miles on average. This is a factoid Google Fellow Ben Gomes dropped in an interview with ReadWriteWeb about the inner workings of Google Search. There wasn’t much in the way of new information revealed in the interview, but like Google’s own videos on the topic, it’s still interesting. “The …

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Microsoft May Or May Not Be Involved In New Antitrust Complaints Against Google

Microsoft may or may not be involved with antitrust complaints against Google in Europe, related to Google+. Pretty vague, I know, but conflicting reports are painting it that way. Reuters first reported: “Microsoft and several other companies have complained to EU antitrust regulators about Google’s social networking tool,” and that, “The complaints, which have not yet been filed formally with …

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Mark Zuckerberg Google+ Profile More Relevant Than Facebook Profile?

Let me preface this by saying that I don’t consider myself to be part of the anti Search Plus Your World crowd. I think it has its pros and cons. I will say that I don’t like when it leads to Google serving me less relevant results (which I think is happening more as a result of other algorithm tweaks …

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Google Shows Twitter Results In “Search Plus Your World” Fashion

Update: A Google spokesperson tells WebProNews: “Like you wrote up in your article, it’s not new. Search plus Your World builds upon existing search features such as Social Search, personalized search, and authorship. You will continue to see existing Social Search features including +1s and content shared by your connections on Google+ and other sites. We’ll continue to look at …

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Google Privacy Changes: What Do They Mean To You?

Google announced this week that it is rolling out a new, main privacy policy that covers the majority of its products. The company is consolidating over 60 privacy notices into the main privacy policy. It’s keeping a few separate for “legal and other reasons”. Do you think Google’s privacy strategy is good or bad? Let us know in the comments. …

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Search Plus Your World: Page Reportedly Tells Googlers To Work Elsewhere If They Don’t Like It

If you work at Google, and you have a problem with Google’s “Search Plus Your World” features, you can find another place to work. Perhaps Facebook. That seems to be popular destination for former Googlers. Google CEO Larry Page, according to a report from PandoDaily, told employees at a staff event: “This is the path we’re headed down – a …

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Are Google’s Results Better Or Worse With Google+ Integration?

Earlier this month, Google launched “Search Plus Your World”. We’ll refer to it as “SPYW” to save time. The set of personalization features essentially equates to Google injecting a whole lot of Google+ into Google search results. This has been met with widespread criticism that continues two weeks later. According to a lot of the chatter going on, Google has …

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Focus On The User: Facebook, Twitter & Myspace’s Version Of Google

Facebook Director of Product Blake Ross has created a bookmarklet that people can add to their web browsers to take the “Search Plus Your World” out of their Google search results. Granted, Google has its own toggle to turn the feature on and off from the search results page, but this goes further. First, here’s a video about it: On …

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“Search Plus Your World” Indexing Content Faster?

You know those new personalized search feature Google launched last week that everybody’s talking about? It looks like there may be another advantage to using Google+ for search. Apparently Google is showing content quicker in the personalized results than it is for non-logged in users. Paul Allen (the unofficial Google+ stat-keeper), of FamilyLink fame, said in a Google+ update: It …

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Google Search Plus Your World: Marketing Implications

Google launched Search Plus Your World (SPYW) this week (as if you didn’t know), and has sent waves of controversy throughout the media – mostly with regards to competition and relevancy. But what do the changes mean for marketers? Online marketing firm iProspect reached out to WebProNews to offer some commentary, after distributing a POV to its clients with insights …

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Google vs. Facebook: The “Search Plus Your World” Saga Continues

Wow. “Search Plus Your World” has really left a mark. Google’s new set of Google+ integrations and personalization features into search results has caused nothing but controversy since Google announced it earlier this week. There are two main reasons: competition and relevancy. We discussed both at length here. Twitter has fueled much of the fire by publicly making comments about …

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Google Vs. Twitter: Is “Search Plus Your World” Bad For The Internet?

This week, Google launched Search Plus Your World (SPYW), a set of features to personalize search results for users, which also happen to give Google+ content a lot more play in search results. The whole thing has sparked a great deal of controversy, with people talking about antitrust implications, relevancy issues, etc. Even Twitter called the day it launched “a …

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Twitter: Google Should Be Ranking Us Better For @username

Twitter made it clear that it was not thrilled with Google’s new “Search Plus Your World” set of personalization features very shortly after it was announced. Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray tweeted: @amacAlex MacgillivrayBad day for the Internet. http://t.co/Az4rdNVQ Having been there, I can imagine the dissension @Google to search being warped this way. 1 day ago via web · powered by …

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Google’s Matt Cutts: “Search, Plus Your World” Returns More Than Just Google Content

On Tuesday, Google announced the launch of “Search, Plus Your World,” which is a set of new personalized search features. For a longer explanation, you can read here, but basically, it involves Google suggesting Google+ content and profiles based on what it knows about you from your own Google account. You might see profiles appear in autocomplete suggestions or search …

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Google “Search, Plus Your World”: Twitter Not Happy [Updated]

Update: Google has responded to Twitter’s comments via Google+: “We are a bit surprised by Twitter’s comments about Search plus Your World, because they chose not to renew their agreement with us last summer (http://goo.gl/chKwi), and since then we have observed their rel=nofollow instructions.” Burn. Add Twitter to the growing list of critics of Google’s practices of delivering search results. …

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Google “Search, Plus Your World” Makes Google More Personal Than Ever

Google just announced some new elements it is bringing to Google Search: personal results, profiles in search, and people and pages. They’re billing the changes collectively as “Search, Plus Your World”. Should Google be getting more personalized? Let us know what you think. Now, Google has been doing personalized search to some extent for quite a while. Likewise, profiles have …

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