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Theodore Harrison III
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Multi-Media Communication Expert and Instructor; Professional Photographer @THarrisonIII
Multi-Media Communication Expert and Instructor; Professional Photographer @THarrisonIII

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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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Small Business Workers Get Social [Infographic]

If email was the killer app of the 1990s, social networking holds that distinction thus far in the new millennium. It began as a venue for the younger generation but now people of all ages use Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and other social sites for both personal and business-related communications. +GFI Software’s recent small business survey shows that 37 percent of workers use Facebook daily, with only 25 percent saying they’ve never used it. A hefty 64 percent use some kind of social networking service on a regular basis.

See below graphic to know more what today's techie employees say about social media use at workplace.

Pin it : http://www.pinterest.com/pin/381539399653104989

Retweet it: http://bit.ly/Kg9Dqp

Source: http://www.gfi.com/blog/survey-says-small-business-workers-get-social-infographic/

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Amazing idea - charge your device securely for free while you shop!

How clever is this safe charging station - you plug in your phone/tablet to the supplied power sources and lock it away and come back in 30 minutes and collect it.

I spotted it in the +John Lewis department store in Watford (just outside London) in a busy and safe area near to customer services and the cafe. So you could stop for a coffee and charge your phone.

I've seen charging stations in stations and airports but never ones that you can leave and lock.

What do you think? Would you use it? Have you seen these before? +ChargeBox

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Improve your digital measurement skills at the Analytics Academy.

We recently launched the Analytics Academy to help marketers, business-owners, site designers and everyone in-between get better with digital analytics. The deadline to earn a completion certificate for the first course (Digital Analytics Fundamentals) has passed, but all the content is still available for everyone to improve their abilities. 

Never a bad idea to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon getting smarter about making data-driven decisions. Grab a coffee and get started here: http://goo.gl/0NJ72g
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The vision of the California Health Benefit Exchange is to improve the health of all Californians by assuring their access to affordable, high quality care. 

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