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WebmasterWorld Weekly Roundup March 7

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How has the tablet computer and ‘phablet’ changed your lifestyle and web usage? We’re having a discussion about the topic and your input will help gauge webmaster’s usage. Oh, and I hate the term ‘phablet!’

I’m creating this document on a laptop PC as I find it gives me the speed and flexibility the tablet cannot. I can handle coding, multiple documents and windows, run background programs, and keep my legs warm, too.

Do join in our discussion.

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In the last week, Google launched its "How Search Works." Google said, "Here you can follow the entire life of a search query, from the web, to crawling and indexing, to algorithmic ranking and serving, to fighting webspam. The site complements existing resources, including this blog, the help center, user forums, Webmaster Tools, and in-depth research papers." Find out what it's all about in the thread.Google

Google this week ducked a European legislative bullet after lawmakers in Germany reached a compromise to water-down the language of a law that had been described by many as a draconian "Lex Google". In the compromise, German legislators will allow Google to display "snippets" of publishers content.

What should you do when launching sites in 2013? Here's some great advice for launching a new site. Whether you are new to internet marketing or a veteran that was focused only on established sites, here are some tips about what to do and not to do when launching a new site.WebmasterWorld

WebmasterWorld's monthly look at Google's SERPs changes was published in the last week. This thread is one of the key indicators of Google updates and changes to the SERPs.

Twitter has decided to put an end to certain well-used 'older apps' as it calls them. Twitter said, "...we are discontinuing support for our older apps: TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone." It seems the apps will start to show instability soon, and eventually stop in May. If you're a power user you'll certainly be upset about some of the changes.Twitter

A charm offensive from Google surprised some, but not others. Vint Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google said, Google shouldn't force users to reveal real names. "Using real names is useful," Cerf said. "But I don't think it should be forced on people, and I don't think we do." Needless to say, some don't buy it.Vinton Cerf

This week, the E.U. fined Microsoft $731 million over the IE browser choice. "We take full responsibility for the technical error that caused this problem and have apologised for it," a spokesman for Microsoft said following the announcement. Microsoft

Google continued to test image search by adding, "Try these too" to the image search. WebmasterWorld Members were discussing how it will affect traffic.

In a research paper published this week by Stanford University, it suggests each Facebook post is seen by one in three friends. The research was carried out prior to the pay-to-post programmes. Read more about it in our thread. What do you think, is that a fair assessment?Facebook

More news from Facebook this week with the announcement today of a design refresh. It is making its website look more like its Android and iOS mobile apps, and also introduces topic-specific alternatives to its news feed.

Google is planning on launching a YouTube music streaming service, according to reports.

Slightly embarrassing for Twitter is the fact that its own API keys were published in the wild. Ouch!

I read this week that Yahoo's Marissa Mayer gets a million-Dollar bonus. Not bad for a few months in the job! Yahoo

Last week we covered the story of Interflora's penalty in Google. It seems that there was some action going on that resulted in Interflora's reinstatement. Was this a record in returning the site to the SERPs so swiftly? Was there some kind of pressure put on Google for a swift reinstatement? Have your say in our thread on the topic.
Matt Cutts published a video which might be timely on the penalty.

Don't forget, if you've spotted some news that we haven't covered or discussed, drop me a message, or post it yourself and let me know.
Until next time, have a productive week!


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