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Digital Passionist. Content Marketing Strategist. Glaswegian. Smiler.
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Big news!!! 
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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So... what you doing on the 18th September? I'll be at London's #DigitalSummerParty  !
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A new, more fun logo for OMN.... what do you think?
New logo! What do you think? :)
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Words of wisdom...
UBER-post on travel marketing online!  
Here's 3k words, AND a 40 minute presentation from a travel marketing conference: 
http://webmarketingschool.com/online-travel-marketing-seo-social-media-2014/
hope its of value to you, if so please share!
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All you need to know about The Right To Be Forgotten - I encourage rioting in my quote. It's that serious. 
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Beautiful geometry
More Geometry Experiments 

►By Gugo Torelli: http://gugo-torelli.tumblr.com/ 


No words! These amazing gifs speak for themselves! 

Or rather, I naturally add, according to Pythagoras, that " the geometry of forms is solidified music ". (Geymonat, 1970)


#amazing_geometry #mathematics #animated_gif
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Every sector is ripe for disruption, as long as you have an innovative idea to shake it up http://virg.in/nsi #virgindisruptors
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This webinar looks amazing... can't wait! 
Have you ever...

...really stopped to think about why you do what you do? 
...wondered whether there is commercial opportunity where your passions and skills collide?
...wished for a clear way to reflect on these questions and create a successful future?
 
On Wednesday 16th at 16.30 UK time I'll be hosting a live webinar where I will outline some of the techniques and methods that I’ve used throughout my career to ensure total clarity of purpose and actionable steps in making that purpose a reality.
 
I want to challenge you to think about your career or your company in ways you may not have previously considered. Wherever you are heading, and however clear your current goals are, it is critical to think about future-proofing your ambitions and business practices, given the modern landscape of perpetual change and the relentless advances in technology.

By the end of the online session, I want you to feel excited and motivated by the clear spaces of opportunity, removing any vague and undefined hopes.
 
Now is the time to make this happen.

I believe I can help to stretch your thinking so that you understand and capitalise on the opportunities your true purpose presents moving forward. If this mission resonates with you I would be delighted if you could join me on Wednesday 16th at 16.30 UK time (currently GMT+1).

If you accept click 'Yes' to show you're planning to join the webinar, you'll receive more information nearer the time. I'd love to spend time with you if you're available.

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For those not joining the interactive webinar, it will be streamed live on Google+ (for those with a Google+ account): https://plus.google.com/+JonathanMacDonald/videos/p/pub

And for those who don't have a Google+ account, it will also be streamed live on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/thejonathanmacdonald
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