Welcome to the February edition of WebmasterWorld's Monthly e-mail.
One aspect that's very clear this month is that Google's latest updates have appeared to be tested, then appeared to be rolled back. One of the most interesting was Google's test in the UK's SERPs when sites such as Wikipedia were no longer at the top. What made it stranger was the replacement to Wikipedia was a commercial site.
Following on from that, some members are in discussion over whether big brands get too much exposure in Google's SERPs. Join our threads on the topics as we'd love to hear your views.
Since the initial e-mails coming from Google out to webmasters about their sites not being mobile friendly, there's been close observation of the SERPs to see if google is starting to penalise those sites that were notified. It's probably too early for a major shift in mobile ranking, but sites are being labelled in the SERPs. That's a good enough move for many webmasters to take notice and to get onto the development trail.
Last month we mentioned we're close to an update to WebmasterWorld. This month it's in beta testing, so please follow the threads on the topic. We really would love to hear your feedback.
We're Feeling Lucky
Jim and Neil
Here are some of WebmasterWorld's Hottest Discussions and News this month.
Google Updates and SERP Changes - February 2015
Twitter and Google Reach a Deal to Show Tweets in Google SERPs
Opera's Former CEO Announces Vivaldi, A New Browser For Power Users
Highly Critical Vulnerability "Ghost" Allowing Code Execution on Most Linux Systems
YouTube now defaults to HTML5 video instead of Flash
At Home with the Robots: 2015 Edition
Bing Publishes "Understanding and Testing: Implicit Local Queries"
Pinterest Pulls the Plug On Affiliate Links
Facebook Launches Product Ads
HTTP/2 is Finalised
Yandex Seeks Russian Antitrust Investigation Into Google Search Bundling on Android
Pinterest and Apple Team Up For "App Pins" For Easier App Discovery
StatCounter: Google US Search Share, January, 2015, Falls Below 75pct
Google Adds Health Information to The Knowledge Graph
http to https - Final Pre-Flight Checklist
Twitter's New Group Direct Messaging and Video Edit From Twitter App
Mozilla Adds Core WebVR Support To Firefox Nightly Builds
Facebook Advertisers To Get Ad Relevance Scores
Twitter Tests Instant Timeline
Google Reports on AdWords Bad Advertising Practices 2014
Twitter Introduces Tweet Translation With Bing
First U.S. Bitcoin Exchange Opens
Twitter Promoted Tweets Now On Syndicated Sites
Microsoft adopts first international cloud privacy standard
Google Reports Q4 and Year End 2014 Results Up 66pct to $66 Billion
Microsoft FY 15 Q2 Revenue $26.5 billion
Facebook Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results: Revenue Up 58pct
Twitter Rolls Out TweetDeck Teams
FCC Will Enforce Open Internet Protections, Including on Mobile
LinkedIn Makes Significant Changes to its Developer Program
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