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    Happy Birthday Google's Penguin Update

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Apr 24, 2013
    Today is the one year birthday/anniversary of the release of Google's Penguin update - it was released on April 24, 2012.
    Since then, we've had two additional updates of it on May 24, 2012 and then on October 5, 2012. Now we await the fourth update which is expected to be really big sometime this year.
    This update was felt by...

    Google To Mozilla: You Had 12 Megabytes Of User Generated Spam On One Page

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Apr 24, 2013
    Yesterday we broke the news that Google has penalized Mozilla for user generated spam and we did say it was a granular penalty but we didn't know how granular until today.

    It turns out, the penalty was on one specific page...

    Google Hits Mozilla With Spam Penalty Over User Generated Content

    dannysullivan
    by dannysullivan
    Apr 23, 2013
    Have user generated content on your site? Pay attention to what those users are doing. That’s the takeaway from Google hitting Mozilla with a spam penalty this week, along with another takeaway. Despite Google’s saying it’s being more transparent about spam actions, people clearly find it hard to know what they’re in trouble for. Mozilla Gets A Penalty

    Search Engine Roundtable spotted the latest flare-up in Google’s fight against spam. Chris More, the Web production manager for Mozilla,...

    On CNN, the circus is the point

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 23, 2013
    Elliot Hannon nails it in CNN Gets It Wrong — Why We Don’t Really Mind:

    If we cared more about journalism than news theater we’d all be watching PBS. But no one’s talking about NewsHour. There are no meltdowns. The circus, itself, becomes the point — the reason to watch. Youtube videos go viral precisely because they are unexpected, unvarnished — embarrassing. This is CNN.

    I know I talk about it a lot, but here’s another paragraph from Neil Postman’s 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to...

    Google Has Manually Penalized Mozilla

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Apr 23, 2013
    Mozilla.org, the non-profit organization behind Firefox, Thunderbird and tons of developer oriented tools, was penalized by Google.

    Christopher More, Mozilla's Web Production Manager, posted the details of the penalty in the Google Webmaster Help forums...

    What is being done to remove "no results" pages?

    Apr 22, 2013
    What is being done to detect and remove results from larger sites when they don't have unique content that is relevant to a query (e.g. yelp.com...

    When projects compete for developer attention

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 22, 2013
    Jessi Hempel’s The second coming of Facebook is a very interesting profile of the company and where it’s headed. There’s one paragraph in particular that has stuck with me for the past few days:

    At Facebook developers choose the projects they want to work on, and product groups compete to woo them. Managers sent out reports highlighting the product teams that were doing a good job. Pretty quickly teams realized that if they wanted to get praised in the weekly memo, they needed to start...

    Earth Day Logos From Google & Bing While Chinese Search Engines Show Earthquake Logos

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Apr 22, 2013
    Today is Earth Day throughout the world and Google, Bing, Ask.com, and also YouTube have special logos or themes today for the day. But as many of you know, China had a major earthquake yesterday killing almost 200 people and injuring an astonishing 11,000 plus people...

    Why we should be wary of highly targeted information and ads

    by Rian van der Merwe
    Apr 21, 2013
    In his post Why we fear Facebook and why we shouldn’t Paul Jacobson makes an interesting counterpoint to the common refrain that it’s bad to share our personal data with companies:

    Conventional wisdom is that if you are not paying for a product, you are the product. That may be true, as a generalisation. I prefer to think it isn’t so much we who are the products on Facebook but rather our preferences and attention. What does that buy us? For starters, it buys us Facebook, Twitter, Google...

    Video Recap of Weekly Search Buzz :: April 19, 2013

    rustybrick
    by rustybrick
    Apr 19, 2013
    Interesting week in the world...