Amit Singhal, Google’s Senior Vice President of Search, is stepping down after 15 years with Google, to do more in philanthropy and have time for family.
Amit Singhal, The Head Of Google Search, To Leave The Company For Philanthropic Purposes, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land
John Giannandrea is the new head of search. He had created MetaWeb, which Google acquired in 2010 and used as the basis for Knowledge Graph. Expect to see further emphasis on machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Meet Google’s new search king, Jillian D’Onfro, Business Insider (Feb 3)
Am always pleased to share a positive article about DuckDuckGo – an excellent alternative search engine to Bing and Google. It provides privacy and answers.
DuckDuckGo Grew by 70% Throughout the Year of 2015,SEJ, (dec 22, 2015)
Guess this matters to people using AOL. It has been in effect since sometime in 2014. Bing now has about 34% of US search market share.
Bing Results & Ads Now Live On AOL Search, Search Engine Land (Jan 4)
“Bing powers AOL’s web, mobile, and tablet search, providing paid search ads and algorithmic organic search results to AOL’s properties worldwide.”
For people new to using general web search engines this article is good overview of the main players: Google, Bing, and Duckduckgo. Yahoo and Ask are mentioned and dismissed – rightfully so.
Which Search Engine Should You Be Using Today?, Ben Stegner, Make Use Of (Dec 11, 2015)
In reviewing Google, Stegner stresses personalized search and doesn’t describe Google’s increasing strength in working with entities and concepts. However, he does note some points of weakness in Bing compared to Google.
Google is making it harder to search country versions of its databases other than your own.
Google Drops Change Location Search Filter From Search Results, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Dec 1)
Schwartz reported, ” A Google spokesperson told us this feature was intentionally removed last week. Google said, “it was getting very little usage, so we’re focusing on other features.””
Which I find infuriating. Low use for removing a feature is not a good reason.
There is still the Chrome extension for SEO Global search.
For general use, try Disconnect – search.disconnect.me – it ensures anonymity and you can adjust the country.
Karen Blakeman in the UK is quite possibly the best person for professional searchers to follow today to get updates on web search tools and approaches. In addition to her blog and the slideshare presentations she does, she keep a ScoopIt site simply titled Google. Well done.
Shortcuts for anything are great if you can remember them. DuckDuckGo has many of these as seen in this blog item. Save time with these search tips (Nov 25)
In the speculations about the future, web search and Google are sure to be on the agenda. At the Futuropolis conference in France, Behshad Behzadi, director of search innovation at Google’s Zurich lab, revealed Google’s goal — “The future of search is to try to build the ultimate personal assistant.”
The 4 things Google believes are key to the future of search, Chris O’Brien, VentureLink (Nov 30)
He identified four aspects for rapid change – all of which are underway now.
- voice search – linked to natural language
- use of context to get better results
- location based searches especially for mobile
- personal information and many supportive features.
Google says it is better in recognizing superlatives in a query, time dimension, and more complicated constructs. Try it – might be true. But the more Google adds to its “understanding”, the less likely it will look for your specific terms.
Google’s Natural Language Search Gets Smarter, Barry Schwartz, Search Engine Land (Nov 16)
Tablet users rejoice!
Google Launches New Search Results Interface For Tablets, Search Engine Land (Nov 6)
This tablet view uses a form of card-like results, with a skinnier top bar navigation and a lot of white space on the left and right of the search results.