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From strings to things

Website searches have the potential to be a much richer experience than just finding content that matches the search term (string). Google has been providing ‘rich snippets’ since 2009 to describe people, provide…

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Squiz Summit 2019

Back in November 2019, I attended the Squiz Summit in Edinburgh. The summit is an annual event that brings together Squiz staff with their customers, to share in their experiences of using Squiz products.

Findings from Funnelback search usability testing

Last November I wrote about the initial findings from the control usability test that was conducted on Google Search Appliance (GSA), the University’s search system at the time. The main outcomes from that test were…

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The new University search system

During the week beginning 17 December 2018, the University search system will be replaced. The current search system, Google Search Appliance (GSA), will no longer work after 31 December 2018 as Google no longer…

Online search usability testing findings

Over the summer, usability testing was conducted on the University’s search tool. The main purpose of the test was to set a benchmark and find out how users interacted with the current search system, which will shortly…

Google directly linking to social profiles

Google Search now directly links you to brands’ social profiles Google is constantly rethinking what search should do, and one of its latest updates is to link directly to brands’ profiles on social networks. This is…

Test your website is mobile-friendly

Google mobile-friendly test We have previously mentioned the steps Google is beginning to take to encourage mobile-friendly web development. Now Google has developed a tool that allows you to check whether a webpage is…