During my flight from Washington to London yesterday night, I was thinking about who I am. What makes me different from the other 200+ passengers? Thanks to Google’s additional Knowledge cards, Yandex Islands any many more. Because search engines added all kinds of additional data in their search engine result pages during the last years, we get more and more “quantified” and we are getting more conscious about who or what we are, especially on the web. The whole “From strings to things” concept is being visualized for the average person by companies like Google. Currently, Google shares more facts about me (I’m sure they know a lot more since I used their services since 2000), than the average number of facts my friends will remember about me. How can you not like science?
Building the biggest knowledge graph, in layman terms an information database, of all time. That is what Google is researching at this moment. New details were presented during the annual “Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD) conference” in New York two weeks ago. Behind the screens of corporations like Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and IBM are similar systems being developed. It’s a race towards the first database which archives all human knowledge.
The original paper: Knowledge Vault: A Web-Scale Approach to Probabilistic Knowledge Fusion – Link: http://bit.ly/knowledgevault
During some research in Google, I noticed how Google is presenting additional information about the auto-completed entity your are searching for. An example for the partial query [hilton london]:
What can possibly go wrong when migrating a website from http:// to https://?
Today Google finally came with a clear statement about HTTPS: HTTPS as a ranking signal. So what will happen in the upcoming months is that lot’s of companies are going to buy some SSL certificates and migrate their website to a new domain. Sounbds easy, but in practice this is a complicate challenge which will be different for every websites.
Never forget: there will be a temporary traffic loss from organic traffic, even when everything is properly executed. Be prepared for that, add some extra AdWords budget for example to make sure sales are not decreasing to much. The biggest risk of not doing a migration properly is traffic loss over a longer period instead of just a temporary loss.
Today my fellow SEO, Sander Tamaëla pointed out on Twitter that the popular Chrome extension Webpage Screenshot (4 million downloads according to their website) is sending all kinds of data to their servers, like the visited pages, session IDs, social connections etcetera:
This made me curious, since I was aware of the possibilities of tracking people’s behaviour by browsers add-ons like toolbars and extensions but I never heard anyone about a popular Chrome extensions. I’m not that paranoia and mostly aware of what I’m doing online, but I wanted to know how Google Chrome is dealing with plugin acception and how it communicates about these permissions given once you install an extension.