With our observance of Veterans Day and Armistice Day just ending and all the flags, thanks to our veterans and prayers for our military personnel on social media and beyond, I have an issue with Google and its obvious disrespect to those honored.
Keeping you up-to-date on Google data and facts
Contrary to popular belief, Google is not just a search engine. Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were Stanford University graduate students. Having a solid placement on the Internet since 2004, Google (Parent company – Alphabet) is one of the biggest companies in the world. Although not a complete list, some of Google’s endeavors include the Android (phone) operating system, You-Tube, Google Analytics, Adsense, Adwords, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Earth, Google Maps, G-Suite, Calendar, Wallet, Webmaster Tools and much, much more. You get the picture. A complete list of what they and their parent company, Alphabet, have their hands in, see this Hubspot article.
For better or worse, Google and Alphabet, has been in the news a lot recently. We’ve put together a new blog relating to recent Google events that you may or may not agree with but should be aware of. I wonder if this will affect Brandesigns first page ranking in the Google Search Engine.
The Android mobile software creator for Google, Andy Rubin, left the company in 2014 after an investigation into an allegation of an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate proved to be credible. Details about the exit are included in a report on October 25, 2018 by The New York Times which says that Google paid Rubin a $90 million exit package. This was "Not Okay" with employees of Google and they staged a multi-nation walkout on November 1, 2018. The walkout was in protest to Google’s handling of Andy Rubin’s exit package as well as over 45 additional sexual harassment claims over the years.
In March, 2018, Google discovered that personal information belonging to as many as 500,000 Google+ users had been exposed. They did not relay this discovery to the general public until October of 2018! Google+ is Google’s attempt at social media marketing that never did rise to the popularity of Facebook. The service never rallied much of a following or seriously challenged the top player in social networking.
On June 11, 2018, Google launched their new updated Maps platform which now has a pay-as-you-go billing structure. So what does this mean if you currently use Google maps on your own website? The picture is not so good if you are a personal blogger or have small business website and you’re using Google maps to display your location or maybe a few places of interest.
Google will be basing its search results on mobile-friendly websites rather than websites built for desktop computers.
Is your small business ready?
Google is trying another indexing option that bases search results on the substance of portable sites as opposed to desktop sites.
Do You Use Google's Chrome Browser?
Recently Google annouced its plan to mark all HTTP websites as non-secure in the Chrome browser. Set to start in October, 2017, Chrome will mark HTTP Sites as non-secure. Do you collect user information by using a web form? Do you use Wordpress plugins? What does this mean for you and your website? Please read on..