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Official tweets from Google's public liaison of search, , sharing insights on how Google search works.
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
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It's been a year since we launched Google SOS Alerts: As said earlier, we continue working to improve them and to increase when they appear. For more about them in search and maps, please see our Google Crisis Response site:
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
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If you’re an agency and what to contribute to Google Public Alerts, our help page has more information. It also explains the current countries covered and sources used:
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
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In addition to SOS Alerts, we also display Google Public Alerts with information about tornadoes, earthquakes, evacuations and other emergencies that come from official sources and relevant agencies. You can find a list of all current alerts here:
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
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Google SOS Alerts will not show for all crisis events. We use several factors to determine if one should appear. We hope to increase and improve them over time. Our help page explains more, plus how donations work & how we gather content for alerts:
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
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The share icon in the banner allows you to share the SOS Alert search results with others:
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
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A “Need local information?” box may appear. Selecting that will bring up the “red banner” Google SOS Alert format with the additional information presented for those detected to be in a crisis area….
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
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If you are outside a crisis area, we present SOS Alerts in a slightly different way. The alert uses a white banner. Red is reserved for when we detect someone is near the affected area. You’ll still likely see a map and perhaps an option to donate to help the local community….
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
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If you’re an agency or anyone making a crisis map, here’s an important tip to help us consider listing it. Indicate in the map description who has produced it & how often the map is updated. Also consider a link from your site to the map, so that we can better verify ownership.
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
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Additional maps may be listed in the search results, as we find them and are able to verify them:
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
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Often the search results will show a Google Crisis Response map of the affected area, which is created by taking in feeds and information from official and other verified sources:
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
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If you’re in an area affected by a major crisis, you’ll may get a red banner or notification -- a Google SOS Alert -- at the top of your search results to indicate that crisis-specific content is available, such as maps, official updates, local alerts and more:
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 3
During times of crisis, “SOS Alerts” may appear in Google Search in response to searches about the event or affected locations. We wanted to share a refresher of how these work and what they show, using a recent example of them in action for the Carr Fire in Northern California…
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Google SearchLiaison Aug 1
This week we released a broad core algorithm update, as we do several times per year. Our guidance about such updates remains the same as in March, as we covered here:
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Google SearchLiaison Jun 22
We've made it easier for people and organizations to claim their Knowledge Panels on Google. Learn more about getting verified and how to suggest changes, including your own featured image:
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Google SearchLiaison Jun 5
With the new , we have deprecated some publisher features: - Editor’s Picks - Standout and original-source tags - Ability to highlight mobile apps in the Google News Publisher Center - News crawl error tool on Search Console More in our forum:
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Google SearchLiaison Jun 1
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Over 99.9% of Wikipedia data in our Knowledge Panels is free of malicious vandalism of this nature. As said, we’ll do more to catch even the rare amount that happens. Should you see errors of any type, please use the “Feedback” link at the bottom of a panel to report any issues.
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Google SearchLiaison Jun 1
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The error appeared for 5,500 searches before being pointed out to us. Another 1,000 searches happened before our fix went live, a sudden spike caused by people searching specifically to see the error. We apologize for it. We will improve our vandalism protection systems further.
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Google SearchLiaison Jun 1
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Late on May 30, the error was corrected at Wikipedia. This correction soon would have automatically flowed into our Knowledge Panel. Before this could happen, the error was spotted & brought to our attention. We then accelerated a fix to remove it.
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Google SearchLiaison Jun 1
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Wikipedia explains more about how the error happened on its site in this tweet:
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Google SearchLiaison Jun 1
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On May 24, an anonymous person added “Nazism” to the California Republican Party’s Wikipedia page. Both Wikipedia & Google have systems that routinely catch such vandalism, but these didn’t work in this case. The change made it from Wikipedia to our Knowledge Panel.
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