Google and the EU: We Also Have a Right to History

Today's European Union decision that Google must be compelled to remove links, at a user's request, to information about a user that is (somehow) judged to "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant" is all sorts of terrible.

In the several hundred intervening years between the birth of Gutenberg and the birth of Google, millions of damning pieces of information have been published about individuals. The fact that this information has only been available digitally doesn't mean that it has, until now, been inaccessible. Through most of recent history access to such information has been provided through printed indexes.
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5 Years of Google Rich Snippets

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the official introduction of Google rich snippets, announced in a Webmaster Central blog post of May 12, 2009.

Google had been experimenting with "enhanced listings" as far back as December 2008, with review and product rich snippets being spotted in results for Yelp, Citysearch, CNET, TripAdvisor and Download.com. The May 2009 announcement provided these enhanced listings with an official name, and explained how these results were generated.

The announcement post extolled the virtue of giving "users convenient summary information about their search results at a glance" through rich snippets, and provided information about the markup formats that were used to generate rich snippets – intially microformats and RDFa.

The number of rich snippet types displayed in Google has grown steadily over the past five years. I've compiled a list of these rich snippets, along with a rendering of the example snippet that accompanied each Google announcement. This inventory may not be wholly comprehensive, but I believe you'll find the most important rich snippet types listed.
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Google+ Snippet Customization Update

May 9, 2014
Google Plus Snippet Customization Update

Google+, like Facebook, allows publishers to control the appearance of snippets generated when users share a URL on their platform. The way in which publishers can customize Google+ snippets (referred to by Google as "article rendering") has changed since Google+ was originally launched. Initially it was possible for publishers, by manipulating the page code, to […]

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Google Adds schema.org-Supported Location Pages

April 8, 2014
Google Adds schema.org-Supported Location Pages

In a move sure to attract the interest of the local SEO community, Google's Pierre Far took to Google+ today to announce "support for schema.org structured data markup to help us surface the correct business info in Google search." As outlined in an accompanying Webmaster Central blog post, Google is using what it has christened […]

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schema.org Gets a Face-Lift

April 4, 2014
schema.org Website Gets a Face-Lift

As reported today by Dan Brickley, a new version of the schema.org website has been launched. The most significant change is that examples are now available in RDFa and JSON-LD in addition to the microdata examples previously provided. This addition of these examples fulfills one of the longest-standing requests from webmasters and search marketers, and […]

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Bing Snapshot Adds More Entities, More Relationships

March 31, 2014
Bing Snapshot Adds More Entities, More Relationships

Bing today announced a number of additions to its Snapshot product. Snapshot is Bing's Satori-powered version of Google's Knowledge Graph and, like the Knowledge Graph, information from this knowledge base typically appears in a panel to the right of the main search results, or in a carousel above them.

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JSON-LD, the Google Knowledge Graph and schema.org SEO

March 13, 2014
JSON-LD, the Google Knowledge Graph and schema.org SEO

Finally got your head around using RDFa or microdata for marking up HTML documents with schema.org? Prepare to to come to terms with a new protocol that will almost certainly become a vital item in the contemporary digital marketer's tool kit: JSON-LD. Google today announced two types of information that will be integrated into their […]

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Digital Presence Optimization

March 11, 2014
Digital Presence Optimization

A few months ago I came up with a working definition of "semantic SEO" that goes something like this. For most of their existence what search engines have done have is match keywords in queries to keywords that appear in a web resource. They've done this with extraordinary sophistication, but search has been by and […]

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The Future of SEO Is Not O

February 21, 2014
The Future of SEO Is Not O

There's a new spin on the ever-popular "SEO is dead" meme that's been around forever, and this one is being propagated by organic search engine marketers themselves. This new assertion focuses largely on Google and might be summarized as "SEO has changed, so do something else." That is, search engine optimization is no longer as […]

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Bing Launches (Weakly) Connected Pages

November 20, 2013
Bing Launches (Weakly) Connected Pages

Bing announced on their Webmaster Blog that users are now able to "connect" their official social pages to a corresponding verified site in Bing Webmaster Tools. In addition to the announcement Bing has also published a "how to" page on Connected Pages. Once a page has been successfully connected to a verified site, Bing Webmaster […]

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