Google turned 15 last week. With that birthday they released a new version of their search algorithm which determines how they return relevant and useful search results.
This is the most important update to their system since 2001 so it’s quite a change for Google.
Google have named the update Hummingbird. They say it’s because a hummingbird is fast and accurate, and that’s how their search will work. Read more
In May 2011, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) gave UK organisations 1 year to comply with the new cookies law, which requires them to get permission before using cookies on websites.
1 year later, that law is now fully in effect. In this article we look at the latest updates from the ICO, and see what solutions other websites have used.
Google are constantly updating their search algorithms to provide you with the most relevant search results. There have been two important releases recently.
In February 2011, they released an updated called Panda. This update is designed to promote the websites that have fresh content with links from other similar sources, and penalise those that don’t!
During April 2012, Google released another update called Penguin. This update is to penalise websites that use ‘black hat’ techniques to boost links and search terms to their websites.
In May last year a new law came into effect that requires all websites to get consent from the user before using cookies. In December the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued further guidance, which you must comply with by May 2012.
What are cookies?
Cookies are used by websites to remember information about you. The most common uses of them are:
- To remember what you’ve added to your shopping basket
- To remember who is logged into the website
- To monitor how you use a website
Cookies are a hot topic this year. These are text files that help organise and store browsing information.
On the 26th of May 2011, a new law came into force in the UK that affects most websites. If cookies are used in a site, the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011(UK Regulations) provide that certain information must be given to that site’s visitors and the user must give their consent to the placing of the cookies.
Microsoft have created a website to try and encourage people to stop using Internet Explorer 6. This is because it is now unbelievably 10 years old, and it simply cannot keep up in today’s fast paced internet environment. We are now onto Internet Explorer 9 so plenty of improvements have been made to help your browsing experience.
For further details about how you can get involved please see Microsoft’s site www.ie6countdown.com