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Instagram Adds Personalized Emoji Shortcuts for Quick Comments by @MattGSouthern

Instagram has introduced personalized emoji shortcuts, which show up above the keyboard when leaving a comment. This feature has been designed to allow users to leave comments faster, as using emojis in lieu of text is common practice on Instagram. The company says this is a collection of a user’s favorite emojis, which means it […]

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Google My Business Adds “Veteran-led” Identifier for Local Listings by @MattGSouthern

Google has added a new attribute to Google My Business listings for identifying when a business is led by a veteran. Google’s Sean O’Keefe, a former Staff Sergeant in the US Army, made the announcement today while revealing that millions of businesses in the US are owned by veterans. “More than 2.5 million businesses in […]

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New Google Search Console Adds a Streamlined ‘Links Report’ by @MattGSouthern

Google continues bringing classic features to the new Search Console, recently adding a Links Report that combines two popular reports. Links Report One of the defining characteristics of the new version of Google Search Console is streamlined reports. Related reports which would previously exist in their own sections are being combined into one. That makes […]

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Google Adds “People Also Search For” Box to Paid Search Results by @MattGSouthern

Google has added a new feature to paid search results that was previously displayed only in organic search snippets. The new “People Also Search For” box, which was updated for organic search this past February, now appears in paid search ads. SEJ contributor John Leo Weber sent in an example, which his Google Ads team […]

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Google My Business Adds “Good for Watching Sports” Attribute by @MattGSouthern

Google My Business has introduced a new attribute that establishments can add to listings, allowing them to indicate whether they’re “good for watching sports.” Are you a business that’s a great place to watch sporting events at? If yes, now you can let your customers know by adding the ‘Good for watching sports’ attribute directly […]

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Google Adds ‘Similar Sounding Words’ to Dictionary Search Cards by @MattGSouthern

Google has quietly rolled out a new addition to dictionary cards in search results, alerting users when a word they’ve searched for sounds similar to another. The alert appears toward the bottom of the search card and is highlighted in orange. Tapping on the similar sounding word will give you a definition, as well an […]

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Google Adds a Depression Screening Tool to Search Results by @MattGSouthern

Google has added a new tool to its search results to help people who may be suffering from depression. Searching for keywords like “depression” or “clinical depression” on a mobile device will now return a Knowledge Panel with the option to “check if you’re clinically depressed.” Selecting the option will direct users to a clinically […]