August 25th, 2011 | by Google Students | published in Google Student Blog, Uncategorized
The United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) mission is to enhance the quality of education by providing financial assistance to deserving students, raising operating funds for member colleges and universities, and increasing access to technology for stude…
August 25th, 2011 | by A Googler | published in Google Blog, Uncategorized
With her vocal talent and songwriting skills, Taylor Swift has won four Grammys, six CMT Music Awards, 13 Teen Choice Awards, the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award—and a tremendous following of loyal fans. Now, she’s taking…
August 25th, 2011 | by Google News Blog | published in Google News
Posted by David Smydra, Google News Product Specialist
(Cross-posted on the Webmaster Central Blog)
Google News recently updated our infrastructure to crawl with Google’s primary user-agent, Googlebot. What does this mean? Very little to most publishers. Any news organizations that wish to opt out of Google News can continue to do so: Google News will still respect the robots.txt entry for Googlebot-News, our former user-agent, if it is more restrictive than the robots.txt entry for Googlebot.
Our Help Center provides detailed guidance on using the robots exclusion protocol for Google News, and publishers can contact the Google News Support Team if they have any questions, but we wanted to first clarify the following:
- Although you’ll now only see the Googlebot user-agent in your site’s logs, no need to worry: the appearance of Googlebot instead of Googlebot-News is independent of our inclusion policies. (You can always check whether your site is included in Google News by searching with the “site:” operator. For instance, enter “site:yournewssite.com” in the search field for Google News, and if you see results then we are currently indexing your news site.)
- Your analytics tool will still be able to differentiate user traffic coming to your website from Google Search and traffic coming from Google News, so you should see no changes there. The main difference is that you will no longer see occasional automated visits to your site from the Googlebot-news crawler.
- If you’re currently respecting webmaster guidelines for Googlebot, you will not need to make any code changes to your site. Sites that have implemented subscriptions using a metered model or who have implemented First Click Free will not experience any changes. For sites which require registration, payment or login prior to reading any full article, Google News will only be able to crawl and index the title and snippet that you show all users who visit your page. Our Webmaster Guidelines provide additional information about “cloaking” (i.e., showing a bot a different version than what users experience). Learn more about Google News and subscription publishers in this Help Center article.
- Rest assured, your Sitemap will still be crawled. This change does not affect how we crawl News Sitemaps. If you are a News publisher who hasn’t yet set up a News Sitemap and are interested in getting started, please follow this link.
- For any publishers that wish to opt out of Google News and stay in Google Search, you can simply disallow Googlebot-news and allow Googlebot. For more information on how to do this, consult our Help Center.
As with any website, from time to time we need to make updates to our infrastructure. At the same time, we want to continue to provide as much control as possible to news web sites. We hope we have answered any questions you might have about this update. If you have additional questions, please check out our Help Center.
August 25th, 2011 | by Jonathan LeBlanc | published in Google OpenSocial
Recently there was a thread going around the OpenSocial and Gadgets Specification discussion board about providing an updated list of OpenSocial containers, both at the open and enterprise levels.
From this discussion, we have put together a living document to provide a list of those OpenSocial containers and implementers that we are aware of, including links to their associated information pages or developer networks. You can view the list here.
We Need Your Help
Since this is a living document, the content will always be changing as new containers surface or if we have left something off of the list. For everyone working with different container implementations, we ask that you review the list and help update the content if something is incorrect or missing. We really need the help from container implementers, users and those of you with an extensive OpenSocial container knowledge base to help out.
Thank you everyone.
Jonathan LeBlanc (@jcleblanc)
Jonathan LeBlanc is a principal developer evangelist with X.commerce. Jonathan has been a member of the OpenSocial community for over three years and is the author of O’Reilly’s “Programming Social Applications“.
August 25th, 2011 | by YouTube Staff | published in Youtube API
Dedicated readers of this blog will remember our post from a few months back entitled “ClientLogin #FAIL”. In it, we laid out a number of scenarios in which attempts to use ClientLogin authentication would result in an error (and urged developers t…
August 25th, 2011 | by Inside AdWords crew | published in Google Adwords, Uncategorized
Today, we’re excited to announce Adwords Editor 9.5! This version supports Campaign Experiments, Location Extensions, and plenty of other features to boost your productivity while managing your AdWords campaigns. We’ve highlighted the key changes bel…
August 25th, 2011 | by Google Apps Team | published in Google Apps, Google Docs, Uncategorized
The Google Docs app for Android now allows you to take pictures with your phone and insert them into a Google document using the new Web Clipboard feature. The app is also now available in 45 additional languages.Editions included: Google Apps, Google …
August 25th, 2011 | by A Googler | published in Google Blog
(Cross-posted on the Inside Search blog and the Public Policy blog)Over the past few years, we’ve released a series of blog posts to share the methodology and process behind our search ranking, evaluation and algorithmic changes. Just last month, Ben…
August 25th, 2011 | by Google Public Policy Blog | published in Google Public Policy, Uncategorized
Posted by Amit Singhal, Google Fellow(Cross-posted on the Inside Search blog)Over the past few years, we’ve released a series of blog posts to share the methodology and process behind our search ranking, evaluation and algorithmic changes. Just last …
August 25th, 2011 | by lcoffey | published in Google Merchant
(Cross-posted on the Google Retail and Google Commerce blogs)
The people we know and trust have a big influence on our purchase decisions. I bought the chef’s knife I use every day on the recommendation of my friend Eliot, who more than knows his way around the kitchen. And I always try to bring my friend Brian along when I’m music shopping, since he has a knack for pointing out great albums I’ve never heard of.
We’re excited about the +1 button because it brings these personal recommendations to a place where many purchase decisions start — the Google search results page.
Adding +1 buttons to your product pages makes it easy for your customers to recommend the products they love on your site with a single click. And thanks to recent improvements to the +1 button, they can take the conversation even further by sharing your products right away on Google+.
From there, +1 annotations can help your products stand out. Potential customers might see +1’s from their friends and contacts on your search ads, your organic Google Search results, or even on your page itself.
We’ve worked with Bazaarvoice and PowerReviews to make it even easier to get the +1 button on your pages. Both companies have extensive experience in social commerce, and can help you develop the right strategy for implementing +1 buttons on your site.
Looking for a couple examples of retailers using +1 to help their products stand out on Google search? Jockey (working with PowerReviews) and Golfsmith (working with Bazaarvoice) have already added +1 buttons to the product pages on their sites.
If you’d prefer to add the +1 button to pages yourself, it’s easy to do. Just install a small snippet of code wherever you want the +1 button to appear. For advanced implementation FAQs and documentation, you can visit the +1 button page on Google Code.
As more retailers add +1 buttons to their sites, we’re excited about how much more helpful search results will get. The next time I need a new frying pan, I won’t need to call Eliot up — his recommendation will be right there waiting for me.
Posted by Brian Lam, Strategic Partner Manager
August 25th, 2011 | by Scott Knaster | published in Google Code
By Seth Ladd, Chrome TeamThis post almost wasn’t written.I’ve been a bit too busy playing and testing new browser-based games such as Monster Dash, Angry Birds, and the newly released SONAR. Bigger and better games are coming to the browser rapidly…
August 25th, 2011 | by Lat Long Blog | published in Google Earth, Google Maps, Uncategorized
Tired of typing? Without using your keyboard, you can now talk into Google Maps to look for places and get directions. If you’re using a Chrome web browser in the U.S. (English only for now), simply click the microphone icon and speak into your comp…
August 25th, 2011 | by Kevin Gough | published in Google Enterprise, Uncategorized
Posted by Adam Naor, Chromebooks for Education Business Operations
As summer vacation ends and students prepare for the year ahead, we want to share stories from the first three schools to hit the ground running with Chromebooks for Education. Chromeb…
August 25th, 2011 | by A Googler | published in Google Blog, Uncategorized
This is the second in a short series of posts and videos spotlighting our efforts to make Google greener. In this post, we give you a glimpse at our sustainable food programs. -Ed. When it comes to eating sustainably, it’s about more than being organ…
August 25th, 2011 | by Google Chrome Blog | published in Google Chrome
Summer may be winding down, but Chromebooks are heating up. Over on the Google Enterprise Blog today, we’re excited to share stories from the first three schools to hit the ground running with Chromebooks for Education. Chromebooks are fast, simple, …