First of all, a happy new year to you all! This is the first weekly recap of 2016 and the first weekly recap of the last 3 weeks so we have a few weeks of news to cover. Luckily, we weren’t the only ones taking it slow, so it’s about a normal week’s worth of news.
Google “No country redirect” stops working, then comes back
For a short while I was slightly freaked out. You see, Google broke the NCR feature. NCR stands for No Country Redirect and allows you to go to google.com/ncr and it will not redirect you to your country’s local Google (in my case google.nl). Breaking that would force me into using a proxy all the time. Luckily, it’s back working now.
Google Search Analytics update
Google did an update to the Search Analytics in Google Search Console, a feature I love. The “full” report reads:
An update to web search logs analysis. This change may increase the total number of clicks and impressions.
It seems to have indeed increased the number of clicks & impressions on several sites I’ve seen, while changing nothing for some other sites.
Google Knowledge Graph Search API
Google released an API to query its Knowledge Graph, replacing its old Freebase APIs. This could be a very useful API in specific fields, I’ll certainly be looking into what kind of interesting data it offers.
That’s it, see you next week!