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  1. Matt Cutts: Facebook, Twitter Social Signals Not Part of Google Search Ranking Algorithms

    Matt Cutts, the head of Google's webspam team, tackled the subject in his latest webmaster help video, which asks whether Facebook and Twitter signals are part of the ranking algorithm, and how much they matter.

  2. Facebook on Graph Search Posts Index: 700 TB of Data & 100+ Ranking Factors

    Facebook search quality and ranking engineer Ashoat Tevosyan shared a peek under the Graph Search hood in a post on the Facebook Engineering page yesterday. However, the engineering culture at Facebook meant that I was supported and encouraged to...

  3. Organic Search Noticeably Absent From Google Analytics 2013 Summit

    The next great leaps will be made using "intuition and empathy", said Paul Muret, Google Analytics VP of engineering, during his introduction to the 2013 Google Analytics Keynote. Google's Cloud Team created BigQuery, which enables scalable storage.

  4. Google Buys Instagram Rival Nik as Google+ Passes 400 Million Users

    The company said that the team at privately-held Nik, which offers services similar to Instagram, would be joining Google effective September 17. While the role Nik's team will take in Google wasn't outlined, the deal would likely be used to...

  5. Google April Fools' Day Pranks 2012: 8-Bit Maps, Chrome Multitask Mode & More!

    For those who enjoy spending Sunday afternoons watching cars speed around a track at 200 miles per hour but don’t like all that crashing, now there’s a Google racing team. Google's Canine Staffing Team

  6. Google's Search Quality Meeting Video: Where's the Beef?

    This analyst is not part of the engineering team building the change, but instead offers a separate opinion on whether the change is good for users. The search team relies heavily on the results of experimental data to make decisions.

  7. Facebook Acquires Gowalla, Tests Negative Feedback Feature, Expands in NYC

    Ray Valdes, research director for Internet platforms and web services at Gartner, believes the acquisition is primarily based on bringing in Gowalla's engineering team and, to a lesser extent, intellectual property.