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    Google Fixes Webmaster Tools Link Reporting Bug

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    by rustybrick
    Feb 12, 2013
    A week ago we reported a massive drop in links reported within Google Webmaster Tools.
    After about a week or more of the bug being reported, Webmasters are just now reporting that their link count is returning back to normal.

    Google to Introduce a Searchable History of your Life Experiences?

    by Bill Slawski
    Feb 12, 2013
    Imagine recording your life, so that you can search through it, and play it back later. Things that you record through audio and video might be sent to your own personal search database where pictures you take might be processed. Images of faces may go through facial recognition software. Landmarks and objects might also be [...]

    The post Google to Introduce a Searchable History of your Life Experiences? appeared first on SEO by the Sea.

    How do I know which links to remove when I get an "unnatural links" message?

    Feb 11, 2013
    Google Webmaster Tools says I have "unnatural links," but gives little help as to which specific links are bad. Since I have never purchased links, I...

    Google Still World’s Most Popular Search Engine By Far, But Share Of Unique Searchers Dips Slightly

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    by dannysullivan
    Feb 11, 2013
    No question. Google remains the most used search engine in the world, far outdistancing competitors. But over the past three months, its share of unique searchers had dipped below 80%, suggesting it has lost some regular searchers. Still, the huge percentage remaining at Google is searching more than ever. Meanwhile, has Yandex really taken the number four spot from Bing? comScore’s Worldwide Search Figures

    The figures come from comScore. They weren’t released publicly, but after they...

    Did Google's Schmidt Say Google+ Increases Rankings?

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    by rustybrick
    Feb 11, 2013
    The Drum has a sensational headline that reads Eric Schmidt confirms Google+ content is given search priority.

    Eric Schmidt was the CEO of Google, now the Executive chairman of Google. So when he says things like that...

    Google Patents Identifying User Location Spam

    by Bill Slawski
    Feb 10, 2013
    Google collects information about where you compute from, and provides location based services based upon where you travel. To protect this information, and to use it to protect people from spam and scrapers, Google might follow processes to protect that information and to analyze it.

    Post a review from Germany about a restaurant, and then [...]

    The post Google Patents Identifying User Location Spam appeared first on SEO by the Sea.

    The dirty world of Facebook EdgeRank Optimization

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Feb 9, 2013
    I’ve been seeing more and more scams like this one in my Facebook News Feed:



    You only have to think about it for 4 seconds to realize that making a comment on a photo on the web will result in you watching and seeing absolutely diddly-squat (“P.S.: This is not Insane after all!”). And yet, in this particular case, 259,304 people thought about it for 3 seconds or less, commented, waited and saw nothing, and then moved on to the next thing.

    The question is, why do Page admins do...

    Gestural interfaces and generational transition

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Feb 9, 2013
    Francisco Inchauste did a great interview with MIT Technology Review about the user experience challenges of gestural interfaces. From Does Gestural Computing Break Fitts’ Law?:

    I think there are a lot of usability/UX rules and laws that will come into question as we move forward into more of these experimental kinds of interfaces. I know many of them already have been retested/validated by other researchers.

    A lot of newer interaction paradigms aren’t naturally intuitive as we...

    Bug Turns Google “Anti-SafeSearch” On, Provides Porn Results

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    by dannysullivan
    Feb 9, 2013
    There’s a strange bug on Google where search queries that should return no matches are instead turning Google into a porn search engine, almost as if an “anti-SafeSearch” feature is being enabled. Impossible Queries = Porn!

    The Verge highlighted a Quora post about the bug, where doing some searches for “contradictory” or impossible to solve queries brings back porn listings.

    For example, queries like the ones below currently do this (and be forewarned, you’re going to get porn results at...

    An interface should get out of the way, except when it shouldn’t

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Feb 8, 2013
    Rus Yusupov talks about the design process at Vine in Design at Vine: Everyone needs an editor. I love these kinds of posts because I always learn something — either confirmation that we’re not the only ones doing things a certain way, or that we’re doing something wrong and need to change.

    One of Vine’s key design principles got me thinking about the “invisible design” debate again:

    Strive for simplicity. An interface should get out of the way. People should be able to focus on...