A new easy way to upload Google+ videos to YouTube

YouTube now makes it easy to upload your video’s from Google+. You can not miss the large g+ import button on the right side of that page. More than one video can be uploaded simultaneously.

But you are wondering: “Who uses Google+?” Forget about Google+ for a moment. The real value of this new import function is that it simplifies the way you upload video’s from Android or IOS devices, simply by activating the Google Auto Backup feature.

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Michael Jordan comes around to Jimmy Fallon

I’ve been doing some reading on proximity operators which brought me to the question: Is there any proximity operators left in Google. The results I got seems to indicate that the old and little publicized AROUND operator is alive and well in Google.

Jimmy Fallon Variations in the use of the operator seems to deliver legitimate results, but that is just the way the current Google algorithms respond; only one is spot on.

For my example I used to current trending figures Jimmy Fallon and Michael Jordan.

Jimmy Fallon Michael Jordan
This search delivers basic results, with the Late Night interview of Jimmy Fallon with Kristen Wiig impersonating Michael Jordan at the top. The same basic results features for
Jimmy Fallon around Michael Jordan

Jimmy Fallon around(2) Michael Jordan
This search does not have the desired effect of placing the two names within two words of each other, nor does
Jimmy Fallon AROUND(2) Michael Jordan

Our only spot on query goes to
“Jimmy Fallon” AROUND(2) “Michael Jordan”

Interesting that the results also hint at
Jimmy AROUND(2) “Michael Jordan”
“Michael Jordan” AROUND(2) Jimmy
being equal to
“Jimmy Fallon” AROUND(2) “Michael Jordan”

The same is not true for
"Jimmy Fallon" AROUND(2) Michael
Michael AROUND(2) “Jimmy Fallon”

Seems like Jimmy is the man.

Forget about using the NEAR operator; a very popular operator in databases. Results may come close, but again, that is just the way the current Google algorithm responds. The results are very similar to using AROUND in lowercase.

These results were obtained using Chrome on a Windows OS and only considering first page SERPS. My apologies if the explanation seems unclear to novices, it was written for people with a general interest in Search, but I am always willing to answer questions on the topic.

Author: Quintus van Rensburg
Photo: Carniolus

Google to acquire Motorola Mobility

Google and Motorola Mobility today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Google will acquire Motorola Mobility.

The acquisition of Motorola Mobility, a dedicated Android partner, will enable Google to supercharge the Android ecosystem and will enhance competition in mobile computing. Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of Android and Android will remain open. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business.

Testing general category blocking in Adsense

Part of a small beta test group trying out a new Google AdSense feature called general category blocking.

General category blocking lets you block ads that fall into predetermined categories. At this stage you can only opt out of a set number of categories. The feature is only availbale in the new AdSense interface.

First indications are that this filtering option will not only provide you with more control over the ads on your sites, but will also have a positive revenue impact and may even help with the profiling of users.

Google on location

If you use Google on a mobile device you might find that the search suggestion list makes provision for your location.

The search suggestion list is the terms that appear below the text entry field on Google.

For example:

If you are in London and are looking for a sushi restaurant, first on the search suggestion list will be something like “sushi restaurants in london”.

Across the channel in Paris the same query will have as a first suggestion “sushi restaurants in paris”.

This new mobile functionality will currently only work on iPhones and Android-powered devices.

Google replaces URL hierarchy

Some Google search results URL’s is showing up as hierarchies.

A URL that links to a search result was normally given at the bottom of the result. It seems that these URL’s are now replaced with site hierarchies.

For example:

You search for Scarlett Johansson.

At the bottom of the result you may have seen:


Now you may see:

Domain.com > Example > Scarlett Johansson

Google now scanning RSS

Google launched a new feature yesterday which enables the search engine to scan RSS and Atom feeds for the discovery of new webpages.

RSS/Atom feeds is a mechanism for content publication and allow readers to easely check for new content from publishers. By scanning these feeds Google will get new pages into their index more quickly than traditional crawling methods.

Adding feeds to current crawling techniques might lead to content being indexed faster.

(source: Google Webmaster Central Blog)