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For calculator, unit converter & local time, we’re experimenting with a condensed view to further speed up load time. People who search for these tools rarely use full search results, but the results will remain available for those who want them via the "Show all results" button.
On a side note, I think it's comical/ironic that on this very forum, a move as significant as this (Google showing ZERO links to websites for the first time) is all but a dead topic/subject/discussion. Funny. Very funny. I guess you can't sell hope (or SEO services) on this one eh?
Dead stop at this juncture?
This is v1.0. Based on your ignorant perspective
For now it is just time, calculator, and unit converter.
But what is the next step? Google already supplies nice sport scores, weather and currency converters right at the top of their results. They work well. With this type of info other sites are getting squeezed out though.
People who search for these tools rarely use full search results
You’d think with the EU on their back about the shopping results, news results, and whatever else they’re looking at, google would ease off on moves like this, but they just charge ahead regardless. It’s almost like they’re inviting the criticism.
Anyway, Danny Sullivan promised two things: (1) That he is compiling the feedback to bring back to the search team at Google and (2) this does not kill SEO.
[edited by: londrum at 5:48 pm (utc) on Mar 17, 2018]
If you put your self-interest aside for a moment and think like a searcher, why would you want to have a search-result page cluttered with third-party listings when all you need is the answer to "current time" or "square root of 376"?
People seem to think of copyright rules as something set in stone since the beginning of time. They are not, they were invented to protect creators, and really we need to have a new set of rules to support and protect creators in the digital age.
joined:Feb 22, 2018
Google does take a copy of our work