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Danny Sullivan

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Founding Editor, Marketing Land & Search Engine Land, covering Google, Facebook, Twitter, SEO, SEM & all things digital marketing, search marketing and search.

Occupation: Founding Editor, Marketing Land & Search Engine Land (Marketing Land & Search Engine Land)

Location: Newport Beach, California

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2015-12-09 17:50:49 (34 comments; 19 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

My sharing on Google+ is going to be much less than in the past. It's just not the place for that now. More below....

I've been with the new Google+ for about a week or two now. I keep having Collections shoved at me. I find it hard to get to my feed or even to post. When I do, engagement seems way down than in the past. I also find it a pain to have to click and wait for the comment to open, if I want to review or respond to them.

I understand the reasons behind the Pinterestification of Google+. And no, I'm not saying Google+ is dead. But in terms of a place that I've found useful to share, yeah, that aspect is now pretty dead to me.

I'll probably still share a few things occasionally, but I don't see any reason to as much as I do with Facebook and Twitter -- Google+ itself has just changed to much for that to make sense.

From a brand... more »

Most reshares: 38

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2015-11-24 19:40:22 (8 comments; 38 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Search for "A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away" on Google, and it's got an awesome surprise for you.

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2015-12-01 23:10:33 (14 comments; 8 reshares; 329 +1s)Open 

Android Marshmallow selfie :)

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2016-04-21 23:23:27 (4 comments; 20 reshares; 114 +1s)Open 

This was nice. Google honors Prince with a special purple rain logo.

This was nice. Google honors Prince with a special purple rain logo.___

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2016-04-18 17:02:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

For my 20th anniversary of covering search, a look at big changes in the space over the years.

For my 20th anniversary of covering search, a look at big changes in the space over the years.___

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2016-03-28 18:25:57 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

AdWords is getting a major redesign.

AdWords is getting a major redesign.___

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2016-03-21 16:22:27 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

The latest Marketing Technology Landscape is out, with nearly double the companies in the space since last year, 3500. 

The latest Marketing Technology Landscape is out, with nearly double the companies in the space since last year, 3500. ___

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2016-03-07 17:10:11 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

I was very happy to see the Google Dance return last week. So many search marketers never get to see Google in person, even though it dominates so much of what they do. It was a real treat for them, plus it was great that a special meeting was held to gather feedback from SEOs. Thanks especially to webmaster trends analyst +Gary Illyes and search quality analyst +Nathan Johns for making it happen.

I was very happy to see the Google Dance return last week. So many search marketers never get to see Google in person, even though it dominates so much of what they do. It was a real treat for them, plus it was great that a special meeting was held to gather feedback from SEOs. Thanks especially to webmaster trends analyst +Gary Illyes and search quality analyst +Nathan Johns for making it happen.___

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2016-02-24 01:05:55 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Google's Autotrack is designed to let you have access to many Google Analytics features with a low implementation impact.

Google's Autotrack is designed to let you have access to many Google Analytics features with a low implementation impact.___

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2016-02-12 20:01:20 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

I'm not bothered about Google closing Picasa. Unifying around Google Photos makes sense. And Google Photos is a great product. It could be much better with a desktop app, however. Please, please, Google -- consider this. Apple Photos is terrible as an app. Adobe Lightroom is a great app but doesn't integrate into Google Photos. Build us a great app that sync with Google Photos and/or Google Drive and allows us to do two-way photo editing. More in my notes below.

I'm not bothered about Google closing Picasa. Unifying around Google Photos makes sense. And Google Photos is a great product. It could be much better with a desktop app, however. Please, please, Google -- consider this. Apple Photos is terrible as an app. Adobe Lightroom is a great app but doesn't integrate into Google Photos. Build us a great app that sync with Google Photos and/or Google Drive and allows us to do two-way photo editing. More in my notes below.___

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2016-02-12 19:58:46 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Don't expect Google to be certifying SEOs any time soon.

Don't expect Google to be certifying SEOs any time soon.___

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2016-02-11 22:11:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Preview of all the great things we've got planned for our +Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West show next month.

Preview of all the great things we've got planned for our +Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West show next month.___

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2016-02-08 19:26:42 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Want to switch accounts on Instagram? Now you can. Instagram just announced official support.

Want to switch accounts on Instagram? Now you can. Instagram just announced official support.___

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2016-02-08 19:12:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

YouTube ranks the Super Bowl ads -- and says more watched on YouTube via mobile this year than desktop.

YouTube ranks the Super Bowl ads -- and says more watched on YouTube via mobile this year than desktop.___

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2016-02-03 21:21:11 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

My thoughts on changes with Google search in the departure of Amit Singhal.

My thoughts on changes with Google search in the departure of Amit Singhal.___

2016-02-03 17:44:17 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

Wow. All the best, Amit. You've been a giant in search.

The Journey Continues…

Dear Friends,

My life has been a dream journey. From a little boy growing up in the Himalayas dreaming of the Star Trek computer, to an immigrant who came to the United States with two suitcases and not much else, to the person responsible for Search at Google, every turn has enriched me and made me a better person.

As I entered the fifteenth year of working at Google, I've been asking myself the question, "what would you want to do for the next fifteen?" The answer has overwhelmingly been: give back to others. It has always been a priority for me to give back to people who are less fortunate, and make time for my family amidst competing work constraints--but on both fronts, I simply want to give and do more.

Now is a good time to make this important life change. Things are in amazing shape. Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day.

It fills me with pride to see what we have built in the last fifteen years. Search has transformed people’s lives; over a billion people rely on us. Our mission of empowering people with information and the impact it has had on this world cannot be overstated. When I started, who would have imagined that in a short period of fifteen years, we would tap a button, ask Google anything and get the answer. Today, it has become second nature to us. My dream Star Trek computer is becoming a reality, and it is far better than what I ever imagined.

I love Google. It is a company that believes in doing the right thing, a company that believes in doing good in the world, a company… that cares. I look back at my time here with a profound sense of gratitude that I was a part of building this. Now, with pride, gratitude, and joy in my heart, I need to define my next fifteen years. I am eager to see what kind of impact I can make philanthropically, and of course, to spend more time with my family--especially with my wife who I miss spending time with given our incredibly busy lives, and our son who will go to college soon, leaving an empty nest behind.

Feb 26 will be my last day at Google. My relationships are the most important thing I’ve accumulated in life and I’d love for that to continue. Please do drop me a line occasionally and we can have a cup of tea.

As Chief Si’ahl said “Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!” I am taking so many fond memories with me, and hopefully I’ve left a small footprint here.

With Love,
Amit___Wow. All the best, Amit. You've been a giant in search.

2016-02-02 23:32:07 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

I finally transitioned from Google Voice for my SMS & dialer to Google Hangouts. Generally good experience except for call blocking. If I want to block those annoying silent calls and telemarketers, there seems to be no way to do that in Hangouts. Instead, I have to go into Google Voice -- on the web -- and do it there. Would love if call blocking was integrated into Hangouts.

I finally transitioned from Google Voice for my SMS & dialer to Google Hangouts. Generally good experience except for call blocking. If I want to block those annoying silent calls and telemarketers, there seems to be no way to do that in Hangouts. Instead, I have to go into Google Voice -- on the web -- and do it there. Would love if call blocking was integrated into Hangouts.___

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2016-01-20 19:14:52 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Google has filed a patent on writing your social media posts. Well, helping you with them.

Google has filed a patent on writing your social media posts. Well, helping you with them.___

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2016-01-17 01:30:14 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Turns out it's really difficult to get photospheres into Google Maps / Google Street View from desktop. Google+ used to make this easy. Upload the photos, boom, you were done. Now you have to search for a place, then hunt for the "Add Photo" option -- which makes it hard to add pictures to places that aren't businesses, like this 360 shot below of people getting on the Discovery Chair at Mammoth Mountain today that I shot. Mainly, this is a test to see if Google+ uploading still makes it easier to get into Google Maps. But I sure wish Google Maps made it easier for desktop users (from a mobile device, it's no problem).

Turns out it's really difficult to get photospheres into Google Maps / Google Street View from desktop. Google+ used to make this easy. Upload the photos, boom, you were done. Now you have to search for a place, then hunt for the "Add Photo" option -- which makes it hard to add pictures to places that aren't businesses, like this 360 shot below of people getting on the Discovery Chair at Mammoth Mountain today that I shot. Mainly, this is a test to see if Google+ uploading still makes it easier to get into Google Maps. But I sure wish Google Maps made it easier for desktop users (from a mobile device, it's no problem).___

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2016-01-14 19:19:31 (1 comments; 22 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

My interview with the head of Google Search Amit Singhal, on what it's been like living mostly off smartphones for over a year. That's what he's been doing. Not just talking the "mobile first" talk but walking it.

My interview with the head of Google Search Amit Singhal, on what it's been like living mostly off smartphones for over a year. That's what he's been doing. Not just talking the "mobile first" talk but walking it.___

2016-01-02 21:11:15 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 51 +1s)Open 

Here's my New Year's wish for Google. Please. Please, please, please, allow +Gmail to support custom domains without forcing people to have Google Apps accounts. Years ago, I got domains for my family members. That's cool -- they have email accounts with their own domain names -- and through Gmail via Google Apps. The downside is they have to deal with all the Google Apps admin stuff they don't need. I'd love if Gmail itself could natively understand if you own a domain name and just become the mail server for that domain name without forcing you to go the Google Apps route. Please?

Here's my New Year's wish for Google. Please. Please, please, please, allow +Gmail to support custom domains without forcing people to have Google Apps accounts. Years ago, I got domains for my family members. That's cool -- they have email accounts with their own domain names -- and through Gmail via Google Apps. The downside is they have to deal with all the Google Apps admin stuff they don't need. I'd love if Gmail itself could natively understand if you own a domain name and just become the mail server for that domain name without forcing you to go the Google Apps route. Please?___

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2015-12-24 20:29:59 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

If you're looking for something to do with the kids or even yourself for the holiday break, those paperhouse cutout logos that Google's running? You can actually print them from templates that Google provides and make them yourself.

If you're looking for something to do with the kids or even yourself for the holiday break, those paperhouse cutout logos that Google's running? You can actually print them from templates that Google provides and make them yourself.___

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2015-12-24 18:20:42 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

My annual review of Santa trackers from Google and NORAD, covering all the ways to use them including making an old-fashioned phone call. And Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating!

My annual review of Santa trackers from Google and NORAD, covering all the ways to use them including making an old-fashioned phone call. And Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating!___

2015-12-22 02:05:22 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Oh +Google Photos why can't you let me sort photos I put into an album by date? Please, please.

Oh +Google Photos why can't you let me sort photos I put into an album by date? Please, please.___

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2015-12-21 21:44:44 (4 comments; 14 reshares; 39 +1s)Open 

Want to see pictures come to life in a Harry Potter-like fashion. Apple Live Photos promises this but Google Photos actually delivers. My post on this overlooked and wonderful feature of Google Photos. 

Want to see pictures come to life in a Harry Potter-like fashion. Apple Live Photos promises this but Google Photos actually delivers. My post on this overlooked and wonderful feature of Google Photos. ___

2015-12-09 17:50:49 (34 comments; 19 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

My sharing on Google+ is going to be much less than in the past. It's just not the place for that now. More below....

I've been with the new Google+ for about a week or two now. I keep having Collections shoved at me. I find it hard to get to my feed or even to post. When I do, engagement seems way down than in the past. I also find it a pain to have to click and wait for the comment to open, if I want to review or respond to them.

I understand the reasons behind the Pinterestification of Google+. And no, I'm not saying Google+ is dead. But in terms of a place that I've found useful to share, yeah, that aspect is now pretty dead to me.

I'll probably still share a few things occasionally, but I don't see any reason to as much as I do with Facebook and Twitter -- Google+ itself has just changed to much for that to make sense.

From a brand... more »

My sharing on Google+ is going to be much less than in the past. It's just not the place for that now. More below....

I've been with the new Google+ for about a week or two now. I keep having Collections shoved at me. I find it hard to get to my feed or even to post. When I do, engagement seems way down than in the past. I also find it a pain to have to click and wait for the comment to open, if I want to review or respond to them.

I understand the reasons behind the Pinterestification of Google+. And no, I'm not saying Google+ is dead. But in terms of a place that I've found useful to share, yeah, that aspect is now pretty dead to me.

I'll probably still share a few things occasionally, but I don't see any reason to as much as I do with Facebook and Twitter -- Google+ itself has just changed to much for that to make sense.

From a brand perspective, I've long suggested that they make use of Google+ especially because of the personalization aspect that goes into search. But that's felt diminished over time. I'd still err on the side of caution that brands probably should share a bit, but it's so less compelling these days.

These types of posts tend to attract the Google+ loyalists who want to scream about how someone just doesn't get the platform or is doing it wrong. Blah blah. If you're one of those types, well, feel free to make the inevitable comment below.

I'll just say this is my perspective from someone who has been on the service from the beginning, who actually enjoyed sharing on the service for many years. I think Google gave it a good go as a social media sharing place in the spirit of Twitter or Facebook. They were just too established. The shift to Collections is smart. I'm not bemoaning or saying that it should somehow try to fight to bring the traditional feed back.

Really, this is just a reflection that the traditional feed here really has died exactly as was expected when changes first started happening last year.

Honestly, at this point, I wish they really would kill Google+ altogether. Get rid of the name. Spin out Google Collections on its own. Spin out Google Communities as its own. Finally bury the zombie that is Google+ with all the baggage that name carries and move forward without it___

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2015-12-09 17:16:29 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

It's not your imagination. You might be seeing four ads at the top of Google's search results, rather than the usual max of three.

It's not your imagination. You might be seeing four ads at the top of Google's search results, rather than the usual max of three.___

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2015-12-09 13:58:13 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Look out TV. Digital ad spend is coming to overtake you, with search leading the way.

Look out TV. Digital ad spend is coming to overtake you, with search leading the way.___

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2015-12-08 17:23:36 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Eye tracking is so last decade. Now our emotions when viewing ads or content can be tracked. 

Eye tracking is so last decade. Now our emotions when viewing ads or content can be tracked. ___

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2015-12-07 19:55:31 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Analytics experts weigh in on what's coming for 2016.

Analytics experts weigh in on what's coming for 2016.___

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2015-12-04 22:04:43 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Facebook is tapping into user surveys as a way to decide what "viral" stories really should go viral in newsfeed.

Facebook is tapping into user surveys as a way to decide what "viral" stories really should go viral in newsfeed.___

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2015-12-04 19:54:59 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

SEO and SEM have grown even more apart under the search marketing umbrella over the past few years, it feels, but Andrew Goodman argues for why they shouldn't be so separated from each other.

SEO and SEM have grown even more apart under the search marketing umbrella over the past few years, it feels, but Andrew Goodman argues for why they shouldn't be so separated from each other.___

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2015-12-03 23:32:44 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Here's why the spelling of San Bernardino went wrong with Twitter Trends yesterday and why the company might want to improve its algorithm or exercise editorial control, in the future.

Here's why the spelling of San Bernardino went wrong with Twitter Trends yesterday and why the company might want to improve its algorithm or exercise editorial control, in the future.___

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2015-12-03 18:07:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

Google is now letting advertisers offer a one minute preview of an app, to try before buying.

Google is now letting advertisers offer a one minute preview of an app, to try before buying.___

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2015-12-02 19:19:28 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Love the Star Wars Google Cardboard viewers that Verizon is giving away. And they were flying out the door, when I went in.

Love the Star Wars Google Cardboard viewers that Verizon is giving away. And they were flying out the door, when I went in.___

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2015-12-02 19:15:16 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Really good story on when brand names get destroyed by things entirely outside their control. 

Really good story on when brand names get destroyed by things entirely outside their control. ___

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2015-12-01 23:10:33 (14 comments; 8 reshares; 329 +1s)Open 

Android Marshmallow selfie :)

Android Marshmallow selfie :)___

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2015-12-01 22:36:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

Google's Stan T-Rex is sporting new shades.

Google's Stan T-Rex is sporting new shades.___

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2015-12-01 21:20:10 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Looking for the right social media marketing tools? Here's a roundup of some great ones, for you.

Looking for the right social media marketing tools? Here's a roundup of some great ones, for you.___

2015-12-01 20:34:38 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

At Google today for a meeting but have two hours to kill before then. Now I'm wishing I'd brought my drone :)

At Google today for a meeting but have two hours to kill before then. Now I'm wishing I'd brought my drone :)___

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2015-12-01 18:36:35 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

Google Images just got more Pinterest-like.

Google Images just got more Pinterest-like.___

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2015-12-01 17:42:49 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Good examples of how to recover from an email marketing mistake.

Good examples of how to recover from an email marketing mistake.___

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2015-11-30 21:39:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Nice things for CMOs -- or anyone involved with marketing -- to be thinking about.

Nice things for CMOs -- or anyone involved with marketing -- to be thinking about.___

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2015-11-30 17:34:57 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

In-store sales might have been down for Black Friday as people turned to mobile devices and the internet to shop instead. Or, they might just be getting over Black Friday.

In-store sales might have been down for Black Friday as people turned to mobile devices and the internet to shop instead. Or, they might just be getting over Black Friday.___

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2015-11-25 22:51:13 (0 comments; 9 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Twitter pulled support for tweet counts in its share buttons, displeasing some publishers and leaving third-party tools uncertain of what to do.

Twitter pulled support for tweet counts in its share buttons, displeasing some publishers and leaving third-party tools uncertain of what to do.___

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2015-11-25 18:12:00 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Nice write-up by +Mark Traphagen off my talk with the FTC last week at our SocialPro conference about social media disclosures.

Nice write-up by +Mark Traphagen off my talk with the FTC last week at our SocialPro conference about social media disclosures.___

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2015-11-24 23:18:26 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Google Local continues to be moved out of Google+, as it really should be. In fact, I really miss just being able to go to a Google Local page and find businesses, rather than having it kind of working within Google Maps and still some remnants stuck in Google+

Google Local continues to be moved out of Google+, as it really should be. In fact, I really miss just being able to go to a Google Local page and find businesses, rather than having it kind of working within Google Maps and still some remnants stuck in Google+___

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2015-11-24 20:38:25 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Fast-loading AMP pages may also get fast-loading ads, with new support announced today.

Fast-loading AMP pages may also get fast-loading ads, with new support announced today.___

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2015-11-24 20:30:04 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Fast-loading AMP pages will come to Google search in 2016.

Fast-loading AMP pages will come to Google search in 2016.___

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2015-11-24 19:40:22 (8 comments; 38 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Search for "A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away" on Google, and it's got an awesome surprise for you.

Search for "A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far Far Away" on Google, and it's got an awesome surprise for you.___

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2015-11-24 18:30:00 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Black Friday promotions feel like they're happening earlier than ever? They sure were from advertisers on search engines.

Black Friday promotions feel like they're happening earlier than ever? They sure were from advertisers on search engines.___

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2015-11-23 22:14:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Our +Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West search marketing show comes back to California next March & the agenda just went up 

Our +Search Marketing Expo (SMX) West search marketing show comes back to California next March & the agenda just went up ___

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2015-11-23 21:18:58 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

Google has built an honest-to-goodness Star Trek-like communicator pin to answer your questions. Only a prototype -- but want!

Google has built an honest-to-goodness Star Trek-like communicator pin to answer your questions. Only a prototype -- but want!___

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