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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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+…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…