Late last week I encountered behaviour from Google that I had not seen before. It was related to my habit of not signing into Google automatically; I only sign in when I want to use Google+ (I know; but I have quite a few followers there and use it from time to time). Nor do
…continue reading Blocked from Google search: agree our terms or else go away
Via Martin Belam’s blog I came across this account of how the well-known flower vendor Interflora has, it is claimed, been penalised by Google for violation of its webmaster guidelines on paid links:
Searching for the terms [Flowers], [florist], [flower delivery], [flowers online] and hundreds of other related search terms yielded the interflora.co.uk domain in
…continue reading Reflecting on Google’s power: a case for regulation?
The most remarkable statement in the report from the US Federal Trade Commission’s investigation of Google is this one:
The FTC concluded that the introduction of Universal Search, as well as additional changes made to Google’s search algorithms – even those that may have had the effect of harming individual competitors – could be plausibly
…continue reading Extraordinary: the FTC says it is OK for Google to bias search results in its own favour
Searching Google recently it struck me that I rarely see results from Experts Exchange. I used to see a lot of these, because I typically search on things like error messages or programming issues for which the site is a useful source.
The site is controversial, because it (kind-of) charges for access to its knowledgebase
…continue reading The power of Google: how the Panda update hit Experts Exchange
Google has made a change to its search algorithm that means most of the results shown for a search may now come from a single domain. Previously, it would only show a couple of results from one domain, on the assumption that users would prefer to select from a diversity of results.
The example chosen
…continue reading Google favours big brands over diversity
Oracle may be suing Google over its use of Java in Android; but the company is still happy to take the search giant’s cash in exchange for foisting the Google Toolbar on users who carelessly click Next when updating their Java installation on Windows. If they do, the Toolbar is installed by default.
…continue reading Oracle still foisting Google Toolbar on Java users
It’s been reported that the Daily Express newspaper is selling paid links, in other words links that look to Google’s web crawler like links from independent editorial, but in fact are paid for by advertisers.
The consequence of doing this, according to Google:
However, some SEOs and webmasters engage in the practice of buying and
…continue reading Google flexes page rank muscles, hits Daily Express?
Google is campaigning to reassure us that its Chrome browser is, well, no worse at recording your every move on the web than any other browser.
Using Chrome doesn’t mean sharing more information with Google than using any other browser
says a spokesman in this video, part of a series on Google Chrome & Privacy.
…continue reading Google’s privacy campaign, and three ways in which Google gets your data
Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave a keynote address at the Mobile World Congress yesterday, which is worth watching if you have an interest in the future of technology or, well, human life.
The talk was an informative and open insight into Google’s future direction. It was centred on mobile; but since Google now
…continue reading Google’s strategy unveiled: a little bit of everything you do