Search Engine Journal: Fact Checking Google’s Reintroduction to Featured Snippets. “Danny Sullivan, Google’s Public Liaison for Search, published an article titled, A Reintroduction to Google’s Featured Snippets. He shared the basics about what featured snippets are, when they show up and how they are currently still evolving. But he also left out some telling details. This article reviews what he said then fills in the gaps on what he left out.”
Business Insider: Google aims to get ‘diverse perspectives’ into search results. “Alphabet Inc’s Google will put more of a premium on ‘diverse perspectives’ in its search results, saying in a blog post on Tuesday that answers highlighted at the top of result pages would soon display multiple viewpoints on topics for the first time ever.”
CBC News: Canada’s privacy commissioner proposes right to change inaccurate search engine results. “Canada’s privacy commissioner thinks you should have the right to ask that inaccurate, incomplete or outdated information appearing in search engines be either amended or removed — and that under Canadian law, internet companies should have to comply.”
Global Voices: Why Wait? Wikipedia and Google Accidentally Declare Putin the Winner of March 2018 Presidential Elections . “Russia’s presidential elections are two months away, and while there are multiple contenders, the expectation is that Vladimir Putin will secure a fourth term handily. On January 15, in what looked like an effort to save time or skip the nail-biting drama of counting votes on election night, Google declared Putin the winner of the March 2018 election.”
The New York Times: Google Thinks I’m Dead (I know otherwise.). “I’m not dead yet. But try telling that to Google. For much of the last week, I have been trying to persuade the world’s most powerful search engine to remove my photo from biographical details that belong to someone else. A search for ‘Rachel Abrams’ revealed that Google had mashed my picture from The New York Times’s website with the Wikipedia entry for a better-known writer with the same name, who died in 2013.”
Search Engine Land: Have a question about Will Ferrell? Google may show you a video response directly from him. “Curious if Will Ferrell can actually play the drums? Or if Tracee Ellis Ross can sing? Now, when you ask Google a question about a specific celebrity, you may get a self-recorded video from them answering your question.” Um, okay.
SEO Roundtable: Matt Cutts Dislikes How Google Links To Search Results. “Matt Cutts, former Google executive and star amongst the SEO community, posted on Google+ how he is not happy with how Google is linking to the ’10 blue links,’ the core Google search results. Matt showed how Google is not directly linking from the core search results to the site. Instead, they are adding a bunch of parameters to the URLs for tracking purposes.” Good on Matt for speaking up, but hasn’t this been the case for a while? Google’s search result URL links have been dreadful for at least a few years if I remember correctly.