Google Tests New Fonts For Search Results Page

Google seems to be testing new font styles for the search results pages. Here is some screen shots of the current font that I see, followed by screen shots from some folks on Twitter noticing a new font style.

Here is what I see (click to enlarge):

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Here is what @shemiadhikarath sees:

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Here is what @jackalswitch79 sees:

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Google is always testing, here is one more test that is ongoing.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Daily Search Forum Recap: June 26, 2020

Here is a recap of what happened in the search forums today, through the eyes of the Search Engine Roundtable and other search forums on the web.

Search Engine Roundtable Stories:

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Search Engine Land Stories:

Other Great Search Stories:

Analytics

Industry & Business

Links & Content Marketing

Local & Maps

Mobile & Voice

SEO

PPC

Search Features

Other Search

Four Seasons, in contactless response to pandemic, boosts app and chat capabilities for private residence owners

The Four Seasons app and chat capabilities are now available to private residence owners as contactless services become the new norm in the COVID-19 era. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts The Four Seasons app and chat capabilities are now available to private residence owners as contactless services become the new norm in the COVID-19 era. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has added new features to its app and chat platforms to give private residence homeowners and residents the ability to connect with their residential teams from their phones, tablets and computers.

Search Buzz Video Recap: Google Unconfirmed Update, Disqus Indexed, Structured Data & EAT & Google Analytics With Search Console

I got my normal camera back and with it, we went to London – again, let me know your thoughts on the camera and if you want a specific background. I covered two Google algorithm updates, a bigger one on June 23rd and a smaller one over the weekend – Google did not confirm these. Google also fixed an issue with indexing Disqus comments. Google said again it does not measure EAT and John Mueller explained that adding structured data won’t tell Google that your site is trustworthy, authoritative or an expert on the topic. Google is going to be doing some sort of new integration between Google Analytics and Search Console. Google says you cannot control where GoogleBot crawls you from. Google Posts now disallows political or social commentary and personal rants. Google added ClaimReview schema support to Google Images Search, so you can get those fact labels on there. Google is testing how to schema on desktop, this time with image thumbnails. Google expanded business messaging in local and search. Google also shows expanded hours in search for businesses. Google Ads updated the test my site tool, added feeds in apps, deep linking and new ad reports. Google is sunsetting the Google Partners Acceleration program. Google is testing people also search for ads carousels on desktop. Google ads is moving some targeting options to target impression share strategy. And Google said one percent of queries in Australia were news related. Oh and if you want to help sponsor those vlogs, go to patreon.com/barryschwartz. That was the search news this week at the Search Engine Roundtable.

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Google: You Cannot Control Where Google Crawls You From

We know Google almost always crawls from the United States of America. But sometimes Google can send out its army of bots from other regions. You can not explicitly request Google to crawl from a specific region or location. Google does this on its own. Of course, you can try to block GoogleBot but that is not safe.

John Mueller of Google was asked if there is a way to prevent GoogleBot from crawling his site from China. John said no, “there is no mechanism to do that, sorry.”

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Beauty retailer Sephora ups social shopping quotient with Instagram checkout

In addition to reducing transactional friction, Sephora is moving closer to the consumer's point of passion to consummate a sale at the moment when the desire is highest. Image credit: Sephora In addition to reducing transactional friction, Sephora is moving closer to the consumer’s point of passion to consummate a sale at the moment when the desire is highest. Image credit: Sephora

Cosmetics retailer Sephora has debuted Instagram checkout with more than 80 brands it sells in stores and online as the LVMH-owned company takes social shopping one notch up.

Google Local Panel Box With “Service Update” Box

Google is testing showing a “service update” section in the Google local panels for some businesses. It seems to be a section to update searchers around COVID-19 changes to the business hours or services, like dine-in or curbside and takeout options for restaurants.

Here is a screen shot of this from Darcy Burk on Twitter:

Google has been showing the restaurant options, like takeout, delivery, dine-in, etc for a while now but this “service update” box is new and more in your face.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

BMW to be first automaker to use iPhone as fully digital car key

The BMW Digital Key with the Apple iPhone is yet another step toward integration of mobile services with automotive technology. Image courtesy of BMW The BMW Digital Key with the Apple iPhone is yet another step toward integration of mobile services with automotive technology. Image courtesy of BMW

Germany’s BMW will become the first carmaker to let its customers use the iPhone as a fully digital car key in yet another sign of the integration of mobile technology into vehicles.

Google Movie & TV Results Slick Hover Over Feature

Satyajeet Salgar, Group Product Manager – Media and Entertainment at Google Search, shared a new feature Google launched in search. It is a small feature around movie and TV results. When you hover your mouse over the cards, they show you an animation with more details.

Here is a GIF of it in action:

Satyajeet said on Twitter “the team launched a slick hover feature on movie and tv show answers on desktop that I really like.”

Forum discussion at Twitter.

Sotheby’s doubles-down on mobile with AR functionality, digital gallery experience for app

Potential bidders can virtually visit Sotheby's pre-sale exhibitions. Image courtesy of Sotheby's Potential bidders can virtually visit Sotheby’s pre-sale exhibitions. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

Adapting to COVID-19 restrictions limiting physical gatherings, British auction house Sotheby’s has boosted its app’s capability with augmented reality and other digital features that reimagine its June 29 live auction event.