Google has invested heavily in shaping the architecture of the web, working with developers, the open-source community and the SEO community to ensure adoption of technologies and practices as part of its mission “to contribute to the prevalence of a healthy, flourishing, and vibrant web.” Most recently, Google has partnered with open-source content management system (CMS) WordPress, arguably the largest, with market share nearing 59 percent and an estimated 1/3 of all web content published through the platform.
The new Search Console beta is up and running. Google’s been flexing their listening muscles and finding new ways to incorporate feedback into the design. In this new release they’ve initially focused on building features supporting the users’ main goals and will be expanding functionality in the months to come. While some changes have been long expected, like refreshing the UI with Material Design, many changes are a result of continuous work with users.
In December, Bing launched several new Intelligent Answers that go beyond the traditional Q&A style of search and offer answers to more complicated questions. They received so much interest in providing multiple perspectives to an answer, that they wanted to share more details on how it came about and what they are doing to make it possible.