EurekAlert: Bento browser makes it easier to search on mobile devices. “Searches involving multiple websites can quickly get confusing, particularly when performed on a mobile device with a small screen. A new web browser developed at Carnegie Mellon University now brings order to complex searches in a way not possible with conventional tabbed browsing.” This looks really interesting, but it appears to be mobile-only at the moment with other options on the way.
Business in Vancouver: B.C. isoHunt founder resurfaces to launch online search tool. “Gary Fung has always had a healthy fascination for how people search online. His first venture, the controversial torrent site isoHunt, worked as a search engine for those looking to illegally download movies, TV shows and music through a shared network. But now the 35-year-old Richmond man wants to rethink how we do our Google searches — this time promising not to push the boundaries of the law — with a new tool called WonderSwipe.”
SEO Roundtable: Google Launches “More Results” Button, Drops Next Button & Ads Load Beneath Organic Results. “Earlier this week we reported Google expanded the more results button test to more users, well, now it is officially live for all searchers. Google confirmed it went live last night on their Twitter account saying ‘we’ve launched a new “More results” button that makes it easier & faster to get more search results on mobile.'” More ads? I’m having AltaVista flashbacks…
TechCrunch: Google begins to roll out mobile-first indexing. “Google announced this morning its ‘mobile -first’ indexing of the web is now starting to roll out, after a year and a half of testing and experimentation. Back in 2016, Google first detailed its plan to change the way its search index operates, explaining how its algorithms would eventually be shifted to use the mobile version of a website’s content to index its pages, as well as to understand its structured data and to show snippets from the site in the Google search results.”
Mashable: Google quietly announces plans to make over the internet as we know it. “In a blog post that was conspicuously not an official Google communique, the heads of Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project shared that the company is going to try to convince web standards organizations to recommend that the whole mobile web function like a non-Google proprietary version of AMP. No biggie!”
Search Engine Land: Google releases Mobile Scorecard & Impact Calculator tools to illustrate importance of mobile page speed. “Google has focused on getting marketers and site owners to improve mobile site experiences for many years now. On Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the search giant announced the release of two new mobile benchmarking resources to help in this effort: a new Mobile Scorecard and a conversion Impact Calculator.”
Digital Trends: Google makes it even easier for you to plan a trip on your smartphone. “Whether you’re a weekend traveler or a gallivanting globetrotter, Google is making it even easier to make travel plans on a smartphone. For starters, the web giant says it’s enhancing the way mobile search deals with hotel bookings by introducing improved price filtering and easier-to-find amenity information.”