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Google+ now integrated into YouTube

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Earlier on today when accessing YouTube, I was asked if I wanted to migrate to my Google+ account rather than use my old YouTube username. I have documented a few images of the change and I ask you your opinion on the integration of Google+ within all Google channels. Its not a surprise at all, but is it getting too much?

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Brand Google+ accounts in UK SERPs now?

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Following a tweet by Patrick Altoft, I can confirm that Google+ accounts for brand searches are now appearing in Google’s UK SERPs. I’ve run a few tests against some brands that I know have rel=publisher setup in the backend code. The screenshots are highlighted below.

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Guide to setting up rel=publisher

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You may have noticed a few changes to the blog over the last couple of days. Firstly, I have updated the logo to be a little more fun than basic text reading ‘SEO Trench’. You may argue that it looks like a sex shop sign from New York in the mid-80s – well, I presume that is what it would have looked like – but you shouldn’t read my post for my graphic design skills! Hopefully the SEO advice is useful.

This blog looks at adding the ‘rel=publisher’ tag and what you can expect once Google acknowledges it.

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Google Search Plus your world

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Over the years we have seen Google moving closer and closer towards personalised search results; results that are catered for the user searching the query. We’ve seen location specific search and Twitter recommendations to name two. Yesterday, Google launched ‘Search Plus Your World‘ – a new feature that helps to personalise search results. I’m going to play around with and document some of my findings.

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Former employee sued over Twitter followers

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A former employee of phonedog is being sued due to his reluctance to hand over Twitter account details to his ex-employer. Noah Kravitz was employed to tweet for phonedog, but later changed his username when he left.

This means that Kravitz regained the 17,000 followers that he acquired whilst being under contract of the mobile news providers. So, where do you sit in this argument? Who owns the follower count – the employee (who does all the work) or the employer (who funds the task)?

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Google Circles included within Gmail filters

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Google have incorporated circles within the Gmail interface to help you filter your emails easier.

Circles are obviously a bit part of Google Plus and following on from the addition of the Google+1 button within adverts on YouTube, it is clear enough that Google are throwing all they can at making their social tool work.

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YouTube now incorporating Google+1 in adverts

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I’ve just noticed that YouTube adverts are now accompanied by the Google+1 button next to the ‘skip’ button. This comes the day after Google acquired RightsFlow, a US based company that provides songwriters and bands with music licensing protection and a royalty payment solution, to help tackle music piracy.

Also, there was a very interesting interview with Eric Schmidt regarding anti-competition late last week, where YouTube’s prominence with Google’s search results is discussed in great detail.

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