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A Synoptical Style of Online Reading

It's a way of reading on a topic that is both broad and deep, covering many different kinds of resources and content types, that leads to an understanding of a topic that is synthesized from all of the materials just read.

I believe this is far more prevalent than we believe and is brought about by the unprecedented access we have to information. 

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Twitter Engagement Study

What you see before you is the result of analyzing more than 2 million Western language tweets out of over 4 million Tweets we collected. In this paper we will outline the results of analyzing that data to learn and understand what drives behavior on Twitter.

Outside of social authority the biggest impact seems to be images, which reminds me about how Twitter is turning more into Twumblr. It simply must get more visual.

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What you see before you is the result of analyzing more than 2 million Western language tweets out of over 4 million Tweets we collected. In this paper we will outline the results of analyzing that data to learn and understand what drives behavior on Twitter. One of the main goals: to see what really drives retweets, favorites, and replies. (The remaining non-Western tweets will be the subject of future studies.) For example, did you know that in...
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Great +Eric Enge  I will keep an eye out and look forward to it.
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How To Out Class The Competition

Identifying query classes is one of the most powerful ways to optimize large sites. Understanding query classes allows you to identify both user syntax and intent.

I’ve talked for years about query classes but never wrote a post dedicated to them. Until now.

My latest post where I give away one of the most important concepts I use in optimizing large sites.

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Introducing the Security Panel in DevTools

The security panel displays connection information for every network request, demystifying what connection errors keep you away from the green lock that represents a secure connection.

This is a very nice way to identify mixed content issues. 

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Google Displaying JSON-LD Ratings and Reviews Snippet

Google is now supporting ratings and reviews in JSON-LD format in the Google search results. It is supporting JSON-LD for both the search results and review listings shown in the knowledge panel.

I'm a big fan of JSON-LD for this type of stuff but I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop here since the ability to spam JSON-LD is enormously high. 

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Google is now supporting ratings and reviews in JSON-LD format in the Google search results. It is supporting JSON-LD for both the search results and review listings shown in the knowledge panel. Ramesh Singh sent me these screenshots where they were testing JSON-LD implementation on their site to test when Google would begin picking up …
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Amit Singhal Has Been Living 'Mobile First' For Over A Year

The biggest three challenges for us still will be mobile, mobile, mobile.

The head of search basically lays out what you should expect from Google in 2016. Lots of interesting and small bits of information here, but it's the general mindset that folks should grok. 

#search   #seo   #mobile  
Amit Singhal has been living his digital life mostly off his two smartphones for more than a year.
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I'm almost there myself +AJ Kohn and now with the recent news that an Adwords app has been released for the iPhone my reliance on the desktop is lessening even further by the day.

Running my algorithm tests on a smartphone could be the proverbial nail in the coffin for me but the computing power isn't quite there yet :))
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Blog Post Re-Titling

So I think my 'How To Out Class The Competition' title for my current blog post is just too weak. 

http://www.blindfiveyearold.com/query-classes

Plus the one you like the most. Or toss in your own. I'll promote the post again tomorrow with the different title.
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All clear, +AJ Kohn . I can now query the bluehost nameservers and receive a response. They were timing out yesterday.
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No More Deceptive Download Buttons

You may have encountered social engineering in a deceptive download button, or an image ad that falsely claims your system is out of date. Today, we’re expanding Safe Browsing protection to protect you from such deceptive embedded content, like social engineering ads.

This is going to hurt the bottom line of a number of sites - and with good reason too. 

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How Do Users Interact with Predictive (Queryless) Search?

While much has been written about how users interact with traditional desktop search, and some has been written about how user interact with mobile search results, interactions with proactive search have not been as well-documented.

Microsoft conducted a study to determine how user behavior could be used to improve rankings and relevance in proactive platforms, which highlights a number of interesting takeaways about user behavior in these new ecosystems.

Good stuff here about what an ever increasingly part of the search ecosystem. Well worth the read.

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The growth of mobile and the prevalence of personalization data has empowered the growth of proactive search systems, which push out information in a predictive fashion. While reactive search (user enters a query) remains the dominant aspect of search, platforms like Google Now and Microsoft Cortana are increasing the sophistication and frequency in which users interact with…
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The One Kind of 404 That Could Be Quietly Killing Your Search Efforts

Do 404 errors hurt SEO? It’s a simple question. However, the answer is far from simple. Most 404 errors don’t have a direct impact on SEO, but they can eat away at your link equity and user experience over time.

There’s one variety of 404 that might be quietly killing your search rankings and traffic.

I'm still amazed at how many people ignore their 404s. It's one of the few things that we, as SEOs, have control over and staying on top of them can absolutely add value to your search efforts.

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It's a good approach +Rob Leslie​. Sometimes it just takes a while for Google to catch up. And if you're fixing them then the user is happier and that's what will matter long term.
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US Desktop Search Query Volume Declines for Second Year

Desktop search volume has decreased the past two years. In 2013, we saw 230,242 million searches. The next two years come in at 220,797 and 214,609.

True story. #search   #seo  
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Agree that this type of breakdown would be immensely interesting and helpful +Durant Imboden. 
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