Remember when your profile pic showed up in the search results along with your article on Google? They're getting of it. I was tempted to feel like this doesn't mean anything, but I think the pic makes people click through. At any rate, it doesn't get rid of authorship, just the pic. More over here: http://searchengineland.com/google-play … unt-195163
If I'm understanding the article correctly, I think this is fantastic.
I always hated the idea that some writers got an alleged advantage just because they chose to participate in a particular social media platform. It was getting to the point where you felt almost bullied into the authorship markup even if you didn't otherwise care about it.
I see the value in Google+, but I'm glad they're making the playing field more even for those of us who aren't so social. Although this doesn't say authorship doesn't matter, or won't matter more in the future, at least it gets rid of some of the visual special treatment in the SERPs.
I am glad I saw this thread. I can now officially stop feeling guilty about my avatar choices not showing in search results. Spot is equally pleased at the cessation of this discrimination.
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