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Older but relevant article on the time span of discretion as a tool for understanding social structures and matching them to the challenges facing a global society
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The "trailing-slash or not" question comes up from time to time, so I thought I'd write something short up.
tl;dr: the slash after a hostname or domain name is irrelevant, you can use it or not when referring to the URL, it ends up being the same thing. However, a slash anywhere else is a significant part of the URL and will change the URL if it's there or not. This is not SEO-specific, but just how websites work :).

The first part comes from https://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec5.html#sec5.1 , where every request you make to a server must contain a URI, and if you're asking for the homepage, that would be "/". You can try this out with "telnet" if you want to feel like a hacker (they're just normal requests, nothing hacker'y about them :-)): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P4xnu5xEA7qtQGQRImoUkg1RA0ftTMR8x9pKov-5mE4/view

The second part is essentially a question of asking for a subdirectory or file. Many servers automatically redirect there, which makes it look like the same thing, but you can easily see it by asking for a file with an unnecessary slash, eg. https://www.google.com/humans.txt vs https://www.google.com/humans.txt/ .

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Google plans to roll out the new beta Google Search Console early next year!
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Google adds donate button to Google for Non Profits knowledge cards in search.
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So long, and thanks for all the app-tests!

In May 2016, we announced Firebase App Indexing, together with neat testing tools for apps. To avoid unnecessary duplication, we'll be turning off the old "Fetch As Google for Apps" feature in Search Console.

Making your apps' content indexable has gotten much easier over the years. If you're making smartphone apps now, please check out Firebase App Indexing at https://firebase.google.com/docs/app-indexing/ for more information.
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Google's +Gary Illyes mocks "SEO experts" who place content below the footer. Calling it stupid.
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