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TallTroll

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Another Google UI tweak
« on: November 08, 2010, 11:22:30 AM »
Just seen this in my SERP

Results from people in your social circle for search engine optimisation - BETA

It's pulling data from Gmail, and giving me everything Julie Joyce has written at SEOChicks as a #11 result for loads of SEO related terms, including "search engine optimisation", "matt cutts", "doug heil", "ses london 2010". Seems to be reading her posts, crossreferencing with Gmail, and popping it way down there... for now.

The G / FB thing suddenly makes a lot more sense.

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Re: Another Google UI tweak
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 11:57:22 AM »
feck that! sorry - I have people in my email addresses I would prefer not to even read an email from, let alone a blog post!

hmm. Interesting though. So if I link a gmail account with a clients site and send a mailshot from it.....

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Re: Another Google UI tweak
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010, 12:05:35 PM »
The search for "matt cutts" brought up a piece by dazzlindonna, which had nothing to do with Julie though. Definitely beta.



For now

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Re: Another Google UI tweak
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2010, 12:25:15 PM »
or extrapolating 'social circle' based on your gmail contacts and general gmail interlinking?
« Last Edit: November 08, 2010, 02:02:39 PM by Gurtie »

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Re: Another Google UI tweak
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2010, 12:28:05 PM »
ah. you're not one of the three remaining Buzz users are you? I just asked somewhere else if anyone had been seing the beta and one guy claims to have seen it on and off since he signed up for Buzz.


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Re: Another Google UI tweak
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 12:39:36 PM »
I saw some reports from March or so of Buzz users seeing this, with extra text after the "BETA". For the record, I have never, ever touched Buzz, even in appropriate ways, so it is utterly unrelated to that. This has been pushed into my SERP as a result of Gmail data, on the face of it.

I'll note that I "friended" Julie on FB a couple of days ago. Just sayin'

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Re: Another Google UI tweak
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2010, 12:42:14 PM »
yeah, i was just going to say that I've been seeing this social circle stuff for what seems like months now.  It certainly may have started with google buzz. 

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Re: Another Google UI tweak
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 12:48:46 PM »
Coincidence?  I think not.


Marc Andreessen's RockMelt: A New Browser with a Social Network Bent

"RockMelt is directly aimed at Web surfers who spend most of their time on social networks. "Your friends are important to you, so we built them in. Now you're able to chat, share that piano-playing-cat video everyone's going to love, or just see what your friends are up to, regardless of what site you're on. Your favorite sites are important to you, so we built them in too. Now you can access them from anywhere, without leaving the page you're on. And RockMelt will tell you when something new happens," the company's blog says."

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/rockmelt-a-new-browser-with-a-social-network-bent/19706943/

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There's your solution to everything, btw, just slap a cat pix on the site and be done with it.
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Re: Another Google UI tweak
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2010, 12:03:04 AM »
I hope this only happens if someone opts-in.
« Last Edit: November 09, 2010, 12:16:32 AM by littleman »

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Re: Another Google UI tweak
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2010, 12:07:02 AM »
I can't think of anything I've ever done that could be remotely construed as opting in for this. I have never so much as looked at a blog post about Buzz, and I've never, ever touched the page for it, logged in or otherwise.

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Re: Another Google UI tweak
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2010, 12:13:09 AM »
Not something I.m seeing but then again try to steer clear of most Social stuff - have noticed that my SERPs have become very plain in the last couple of days.

A lot of images, places and shopping stuff has disappeared.

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Re: Another Google UI tweak
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2010, 02:02:37 PM »

I'll note that I "friended" Julie on FB a couple of days ago. Just sayin'

well the BBC are reporting on Google throwing their toys out of the pram over facebook http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11717448 so if they are scraping we can expect to see a fun bit of open warfare in the nexct few months I yhink.