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Well, I'm glad I didn't invest THAT much time into setting up authorship for many of my domains. Not as much as some have anyway...
 
I’ve been involved since we first started testing authorship markup and displaying it in search results. We've gotten lots of useful feedback from all kinds of webmasters and users, and we've tweaked, updated, and honed recognition and displaying of authorship information. Unfortunately, we've also observed that this information isn’t as useful to our users as we’d hoped, and can even distract from those results. With this in mind, we've made the difficult decision to stop showing authorship in search results. 

(If you’re curious -- in our tests, removing authorship generally does not seem to reduce traffic to sites. Nor does it increase clicks on ads. We make these kinds of changes to improve our users’ experience.)

On a personal note, it's been fun and interesting travelling the road of authorship with all of you. There have been weird quirks, bugs, some spam to fight, but the most rewarding thing has been (and will continue to be) interacting with webmasters themselves. We realize authorship wasn't always easy to implement, and we greatly appreciate the effort you put into continually improving your sites for your users.  Thank you!

Going forward, we're strongly committed to continuing and expanding our support of structured markup (such as schema.org). This markup helps all search engines better understand the content and context of pages on the web, and we'll continue to use it to show rich snippets in search results.

It’s also worth mentioning that Search users will still see Google+ posts from friends and pages when they’re relevant to the query — both in the main results, and on the right-hand side. Today’s authorship change doesn’t impact these social features.

As always, we’ll keep expanding and improving the set of free tools we provide to make it easier for you to optimize your sites. Thank you again, and please keep the feedback coming.
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Great info here, helped me find the data I was looking for and confirmed my belief that chat increases e-commerce conversions. Our conversion rate where we interact with customers via live chat is a whopping 15%, compared with 3% overall conversion rate. Wow!
* This tutorial assumes that you are already using Google Analytics and are familiar with the basics of how it works. If you’re new, Google Analytics is a powerful tool that helps you understand and analyze your web traffic. A great tutorial on how it works is available here. Today we’re announcing a new feature which is... Read More
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Join my Movember team & fight the good fight. Raise vital funds and awareness for men's health. http://moteam.co/lagrange-moustache-club
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FINALLY! Been waiting for this for years... great news for travelers.
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I did the same thing... my iPhone 4s was getting slower and slower so I decided to install the iOS 7 beta a little over a month ago. There wasn't really anything I didn't like about it... I just didn't see it as an improvement over iOS 6. And the new iPhone 5S doesn't look like much of an improvement, either. I decided to buy a Samsung Galaxy S4 contract-free on Amazon and took it to Verizon to switch it with my iPhone. They got me setup in minutes.

My whole world is on Google these days... I use Google Apps at both our agency and my e-commerce company, and my personal email is Gmail. Almost every app or service I used on my iPhone - Evernote, Twitter, Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, Instagram, Facebook, Pandora, Skype, Google Drive, Mint, Nest... they're all available. I only found ONE app that I used regularly just isn't made for Android (GTD app OmniFocus - just switched to Wunderlist).

I've been on Android now for a little over a month and love it. Huge, high-resolution screen, removable battery (I have one spare), and customizable to your hearts content. :)
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Over on the blog today: Our Definition of Success
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Great TED talk, and great concept for education. With a little more research and some structured educational applications for computers, I can see this becoming a part of every elementary school of the future.
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Nikon's new retro-looking DSLR looks sweet, can't wait to get a better look next week. This might be what gets me to ditch the D7000 for a full-frame camera.
Frustrated that Nikon's teaser videos for its retro full-frame DSLR have shown precious little of the camera you're supposed to be lusting after? You can
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Google is releasing a direct competitor to Clarity.fm called Helpouts, currently in private beta. Thoughts?
Helpouts connects people who need help with people who can give help over live video. Get help across multiple topics right from your PC or mobile device.
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Who’s getting a new iPad Air tomorrow? Thinking about upgrading, want to move from wifi to a 4G model anyway.
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That air is probably apple's best form factor to date. Though the whole 'thin' thing is kind of irrelevant at this point as the air is only like a mm or 2 thinner than the nexus. 
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Just got an email from +Amazon.com asking me if I could answer a customer's question about a product I have reviewed. Crowdsourced Q&A. Neat idea, and interesting way to field technical or product specific questions that customer service reps likely can't answer.

Anyone else gotten an email like that? Supposedly a new feature (and the first I've seen it). Thoughts? 

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I'm terrible about leaving customer feedback; but if someone asked me a[n intelligent] question, I'd probably take the time to answer it, as it give me the perception that my input is truly valuable. 
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  • EleyMedia, LLC
    E-Commerce & Online Marketing Speaker and Author, 2010 - present
  • 2BigFeet.com
    Founder & CEO, 1999 - present
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    Interactive Director, 2006 - 2014
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    Editor, SitePoint Tribune, 2009 - 2012
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    Author, Online Marketing Inside Out, 2009 - 2009
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Brandon Eley an e-commerce veteran with over 15 years of experience. He is the founder of large shoe retailer 2BigFeet.com, author of Online Marketing Inside Out, and author, blogger and speaker on e-commerce and online marketing. For more information on writing or speaking opportunities, visit the Speaking page or contact Brandon directly. For consulting requests, see the E-Commerce Consulting page.

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